A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

Category: Photography

Oshin and Rebecca

This Sunday, my friends Oshin and Rebecca were married. I photographed. Oshin is a monk at my zendo, and deaf; Rebecca is a sign language interpreter and directs Columbia University's deaf services. They were married in a Jewish-tinged [...]

This Sunday, my friends Oshin and Rebecca were married. I photographed.

Oshin is a monk at my zendo, and deaf; Rebecca is a sign language interpreter and directs Columbia University's deaf services. They were married in a Jewish-tinged Zen service in an Episcopalian chapel. So if you're vulnerable to the spectacle of love uniting people despite differences, you're going to be in trouble....

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Photos From Open Source Bridge

Pictures from the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland, Oregon this June. Ordinarily I reserve all rights to my photographs, but in the spirit of Open Source Bridge, these are under the Creative Commons attribution license.

Pictures from the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland, Oregon this June.

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Ordinarily I reserve all rights to my photographs, but in the spirit of Open Source Bridge, these are under the Creative Commons attribution license.

Introducing Charlotte And Sybil

My girlfriend Jennifer and I have two new daughters. This is Charlotte, named for Charlotte Joko Beck: This is Sybil, named for my friend Sybil Myoshin Taylor: Sybil and Charlotte are Chinese dwarf hamsters. They share the room vacated by [...]

My girlfriend Jennifer and I have two new daughters. This is Charlotte, named for Charlotte Joko Beck:

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This is Sybil, named for my friend Sybil Myoshin Taylor:

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Sybil and Charlotte are Chinese dwarf hamsters. They share the room vacated by Rhoda and Gloria, who died this spring.

"Faith in Harlem" by Maureen Beitler

I met Maureen Beitler when she was the TA for a photo class I took at ICP this spring. Her project on churches in Harlem moves me. What it achieves is close to what I want to do with my Zen photos. She writes, "I often walk the streets of Harlem on [...]

I met Maureen Beitler when she was the TA for a photo class I took at ICP this spring. Her project on churches in Harlem moves me. What it achieves is close to what I want to do with my Zen photos.

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She writes, "I often walk the streets of Harlem on Sunday mornings visiting the 'holy ghost churches' and photographing where I can. I am interested in faith and the impact religious belief can have in one's life, probably because it has been so elusive in my own. Many of the churches are set up in old storefronts and brownstones—some being virtual squatters in old buildings waiting to be sold—and have become places of worship simply because that is what people have made them. I am drawn to the spirit, healing and love that seem to inhabit these spaces, whether transitory or permanent, and that provide a refuge from the struggles of living in difficult circumstances."

I share her interest in mysticism and her interest in photographing the poor of New York intimately and respectfully. By the time this project was complete, Maureen told me, she was an equal member of the community she was photographing.

Go see the whole project here.

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Ignition

At 10gen's company meeting in January 2012, we convened in Sonoma for planning, hacking, wine-tasting, and model rocketry. I shot color negatives, tried to scan them, and failed. Just now I'm taking a scanning class and catching up on my [...]

At 10gen's company meeting in January 2012, we convened in Sonoma for planning, hacking, wine-tasting, and model rocketry. I shot color negatives, tried to scan them, and failed. Just now I'm taking a scanning class and catching up on my old color photos.

Rocket Launch

This is Portra 400 NC, shot with a Norita 66 and scanned on one of ICP's Imacons. I don't think I nailed the color balance, but I adore the smoke and fire from the rocket, the silhouette of the launching platform in the smoke, and Derick's expression as he presses the igniter:

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