AI Describing AI * Whitney Museum * Photo/Description Journal

Thanks to Bojana Coklyat for inviting me to co-lead a verbal description  tour with Art educator Paula Stuttman at the Whitney Museum on May 9! It was great fun to discuss some of the works in “Harold Cohen: AARON” with the help of Be My AI, an app for blind people powered by GPT4 that produces robust, nearly instantaneous image… Read more

The 2024 Brooklyn Half Marathon- My First Half Marathon!

I began showing up at Achilles NYC—a running/walking/rolling group that pairs disabled athletes with volunteer guides—last summer after many years away. I was sporadic until I met a young woman named Gillian. On our second run, we flirted with the idea of doing the NYC Marathon. She’s doing Chicago like a month before, and said something along the lines of:… Read more

SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK! * November 8 Solo Show * Image Backstory + Be My AI Description

SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK! Is my new solo storytelling show. I’m thrilled that it will premiere on Wednesday, November 8, 7pm, in the Gotham Storytelling Fest! Here’s a link to in-person and virtual tickets. Below please find the show blurb, followed by the backstory of the show image (taken by Alabaster Rhumb on a gloomy day in the East Village), and… Read more

Neal Slavin’s “Blind Woman” (1963) * Image Descriptions

“New York City, Blind Woman” (1963) is by Neal Slavin, world-respected photographer and film director. I first met Neal, briefly, at the old Lighthouse Music School (now FMDG Music School), where he brought his ICP students to assist him in taking a large group shot of all us students—children and adults, with and without our instruments. More on that photo… Read more

A Quartet of Image Descriptions for Paul Strand’s “Blind Woman” (1917)

A picture speaks a thousand words, so lay them on me! Paul Strand’s “Blind Woman” is the first photograph I wrote about as my writing sample for Face of the Blind: Essays on Photography, as part of my successful application to be a New York Public Library Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellow this year. As I wrote in my proposal, image description is… Read more