Mike Sketch Series: Mike Resting, Long Eyelashes 1992

The photo from which this sketch was taken was mundane. When I photographed Mike, I usually looked for drama. I felt that I would gain insight about my unreachable brother by capturing him in unusual situations. For those of you just joining me, Mike is my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. […]

Mike Sketch Project: Mike’s Eye Looking at Me June 1990

I took the photo on which this sketch was based, while on a walk with my brother Mike* when he was living in his group home. The look in Mike’s eye is different in the photo than in the sketch. I wonder if the scale of this drawing has anything to do with its look. […]

Mike Sketch Project: Mike Biting Himself June 1990

My brother Mike* would frequently hit himself on the head and chest and sometimes be would bite his hand very hard.  It could be that he was frustrated but one time, a doctor suggested that Mike had a form of Tourette’s Syndrome. She thought that Mike’s behavior was merely a complex motor tick, the implication […]

Vintage Photo: Corner Bookstore, Upper East Side, NYC 1989

I used to take classes at the International Center of Photography in NYC when it was on 96th Street and 5th Avenue.  I would sometime travel by bus (probably the 2nd Avenue bus) and walk across to the classroom.  This book store mainly carried books for kids, but I liked the atmosphere.

Mike Sketch Project: Mike Portrait at Brown June 1, 1990

This is a sketch of one of the first portraits I took of my brother Mike. Mike is older than I am, autistic, low functioning and has never spoken. One notable feature of Mike’s appearance is his diverging eyes.  Early in the history of this blog, I noted that I never quite knew which eye […]

Mike Sketch Project: The Beginning, Mike’s 40th Birthday 1989

Today I changed my focus from self portraiture to revisiting images of my older brother Mike. Mike is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. I started this website in 2013 with Mike as my primary focus. I tried to consolidate, summarize and expand my thoughts and attempts to understand Mike. I shared some of the dynamics […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait with Double Chin and Jowls

I leaned over the camera for the reference shot to this quick sketch.  I wanted to see the weight of my face.  I also got to see my double chin. My dad had a double chin; s I only see my double chin now and again.   For some reason, as I posted this latest […]

Quarantine Sketch: Draped Bust in Context

I cropped yesterday’s photo (Draped Bust) purposely to create ambiguity: Was the sculpture of drapes, or was there an underlying sculpture covered by a drape?  The sketch below is a sketch of the uncropped photograph.