SHORT VERSION: I know
how to tell a story in words,
but now I have to do it with pictures.
LONG VERSION: In the l970s and '80s I was a freelance magazine writer, publishing feature stories in national magazines (see list below). I also edited magazines and in l992 I wrote an adventure travel book—“Shooting the Boh"—about a woman facing middle-age while making a hair-raising first descent of a remote river in Borneo. It's still in print and New York city's public librarians listed it as one of their "Best 25 Books of the Year."
I was writing my second book, "Peace In The House," about marriages in Northern Nigeria (which are Islamic and polygamous), when I got a permanent case of repetitive stress in my hands. No more books. Not much writing. What to do?
Fortunately I had another way to follow my curiosity: something that was probably always my first love: my camera. It has allowed me to continue my adventures while learning to see things in a new way — up close and visual, looking for light and moments and patterns. In 2011, I went back to Northern Nigeria as a photographer, but since then I've been sticking closer to home—exploring American desert cultures and my own backyard: the outer reaches of Oakland.
*Published in New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, New West, Playboy, Ms., Redbook, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, and many local newspapers and magazines. *Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Weekly; Northern California editor of California Magazine; Editor of The Berkeley Monthly; and Transitional Editor of San Francisco Magazine.