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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Going back to Cali

I haven’t lived in Los Angeles since 1999, though it is my hometown, and I love it. At the time I moved I hated the traffic and the smog; I remember sitting in my car on the freeway everyday trying to get home and breaking down crying, realizing, this is my life ticking by as [...]

Happy Holidays

To all my readers,
I hope life brings you everything you want this holiday season and in the future.
See you in the new year.

I know I’m just fostering him, but…

…he’s a sweet little guy, even though he sneakily took his opportunity to get on the sofa when I wasn’t looking (boy, my decor looks busy in this picture!) and I didn’t have the heart to oust him. I’d better watch it or I’m going to become a dog-blogger.

Lucy, 1997-2010

My heart is absolutely broken.
When I moved to Rochester last summer, my dog Lucy, who had been my partner’s dog since she was found as a puppy, moved with me. Though I’d always heard of people who considered their pets their best friends, I never thought of myself as one, yet she saved my life. [...]


Tonight I went to see The Garden, an excellent documentary about a 14-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles. I remembered following the news stories about it when the struggle to keep the garden had come to a boil. I won’t say more because I urge you to see it; [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

  • "Dedicated to the real photographers of the world—to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world." - William Mortensen
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