Right To Die

Christie White was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma seven years ago and then with leukemia in 2012.  She is now in partial remission after a bone marrow transplant, radiation and chemotherapy, but she says her body could not withstand such treatment in the future if the illness returns, which seems likely.  To that end, Christie is the main plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court arguing that California’s law making it a felony to encourage or aid in a suicide, enacted in 1874, doesn’t apply to doctors of terminally ill patients whose deaths are an inevitable result of their illness.  “When and if the time comes, I want to be able to gather my loved ones and meet my death with some dignity and peace of mind,” White said.

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Andre Iguodala

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the Golden State Warrior’s forward/shooting guard Andre Iguodala at his home in Berkeley for the Style section of the San Francisco Chronicle.  He was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule during the hectic NBA season to meet with reporter Tony Bravo and I for an interview and photos.

Andre is launching a fashion website www.mindofai9.com, built to be a portal for all things Andre, including documenting some of his favorite looks and brands.  He has two large custom designed walk-in closets in his home, one for clothing and the other dedicated to his shoe collection.  I shot him in both spaces but his shoe closet was insane!  The only time I’ve been around that many shoes without feet in them is in a shoe store.  I don’t know how he decides which ones to wear…too many choices.

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Land Retirement

Text by Carolyn Lockhead from the SF Chronicle article: California Drought: Central Valley farmland on its last legs

“More than a decade ago, Jack Mitchell, now 74, sold 3,000 acres of his irrigated land to federal officials trying to find out whether imperiled farmland could be reclaimed by the native plants, birds, mammals and other wildlife that once thrived in the San Joaquin Valley. Mitchell’s farm was on the site of the old Tulare Lake, once the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, covering 800 square miles and yielding 3-foot trout. It went dry in the early 20th century as farmers began diverting water.

 Mitchell had grown cotton and other row crops since his father bought the farm in 1946. But water was getting scarce and expensive, the drainage was terrible, and the government was offering a buyout. “We could see the writing on the wall,” Mitchell said.

The experimental plot, called Atwell Island, covers about 8,000 acres in Tulare County. For more than a decade there and at a smaller site to the north in Fresno County called Tranquillity, federal land agents and university scientists experimented with restoring native plants and animals. The program was authorized by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992, the brainchild of Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.”

Back in March of 2014 I drove down to the tiny town of Aplaugh California just North of Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley to photograph farmer and rancher Jack Mitchell who had previously sold 3000 acres of his land to federal officials for restoration.  I also met Atwell Island Sanctuary site manager Jihadda Govan who showed me around the area that had been restored back into wetlands and while there we ran across students from Aplaugh High School that were checking on small plots they had planted on the Sanctuary grounds for a biology class project.

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Pedestrians and cars

I’m still catching up on posting some older work.  These photos helped illustrate a CW Nevius article about the tenuous relationship that exists between pedestrians and cars on the busy streets of San Francisco and the city’s newly announced pedestrian safety program, WalkFirst.  I went downtown to visited some particularly busy street corners that have a high percentage of pedestrian/vehicle accidents to try and capture some interactions.  Didn’t see anything serious, thank goodness!

You can read the article here: Why are SF streets risky for pedestrians?

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Eviction Defense

On my last day as a contract staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle back in August, I made some portraits of Raphael Goins at his apartment in San Francisco to illustrate an opinion piece about evictions in the city.  Raphael works as a security guard at the De Young Museum and has been fighting eviction by his landlord for the last few years with the help of the Eviction Defense Council.  He was pretty lighthearted about the whole thing and definitely he had some crazy stories about the wacky stuff his landlord had pulled or tried to pull to get him out of the apartment so he could raise the rent.  He really likes purple too.

The article can be seen here: Evictions Op-Ed

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