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the butterfly
Perspective
Marsh Boardwalk
Basilicata landscape
Hooper's Island Sunset Silhouette 1 (Otherwordly beauty on this October evening)
Intersection
The water that mirrors
Offering prayer in a mosque
Dead Horse Point, Moab, UT
Three billboards beside a road
girl and beach ball
Regard, 08-13-2017
Photography
Sign(s)
The modernization of a mosque
kagawong
 NETTING AND FISHING AT SEA
Stars over Lake Baikal
Lake Urmia
Finding solitude in the nature
The Question Mark
Photographers everywhere
winter
16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Regard, 08-13-2017

My daughter Luigia was born fourteen years ago with Down Syndrome. As we try to go about our lives in our community like everybody else--getting ice cream after school, buying sneakers, going to the library--I often catch people staring, gawking, side-glancing at us invasively. With this series "regard" I decided to create scenes for the viewers to see "how we live". To emphasize control over the images--and my environment--these tableaux are meticulously set, lit up with speedlight, and purposefully developed in black and white. Yet their banality expresses routine acts: bathing, eating, laundry day. In each scene, I invite the viewers inside our ordinary lives to watch. At first glance, I seem to portrait us as vulnerable to their judgement, yet I am guarding our lives, and the viewers are caught gawking--via the direct gaze at the camera. Through the direct, return gaze, I establish a relationship with the viewers; their motive is questioned. In "regard" I create, set up, show, guard and re-claim the normalcy of our lives, one image at a time.

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2017
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Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 29, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5DS
Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Aperture: f11
ISO: ISO100
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