Total (Almost) Eclipse of the Park

On August 21, 2017, New York experienced a partial solar eclipse. Vanderbilt Mansion in Poughkeepsie had a viewing party for everyone to come and watch together on the property.

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SCIENCE!

"What do we want?"

"Fact-based science!"

"When do we want it?"

"After peer review!"

The New York City March for Science started at Columbus Circle and down to Times Square by way of Broadway.

Hoppy Easter

After Easter dinner as photographed by my 6-year-old cousin Gia and I.

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Actions and Reactions

Photos from today's Family Planning Advocates Day of Action. Over a thousand New Yorkers gathered in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for a Planned Parenthood rally, featuring PP President Cecile Richards and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. Afterwards, they mobilized into groups and lobbied their representatives.

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No Hate. No Fear.

Day 9 of Trump's presidency continued with protests across the country. The reason for the protests today was his executive action to ban Muslims from certain countries from entering the United States. As noted by many news organizations, such as NPR and the Washington Post, only those from predominately-Muslim countries Trump has no financial ties to were put on his refugee ban list.  People from countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar which have actual links to terrorism attacks in the US, are still allowed here. Massive protests erupted last night in airports around the country as refugees, who were in the air at the time of Trump's signing of the ban, were detained by US Customs.

These photos are from a protest started by CAIR Massachusetts held in Copely Square in Boston, MA on January 29,2017.

Welcome, President Trump.

This has been the first election that have been politically aware. I formed my own opinions, despite what my mother says about my education or the media's bias. I voted. I was a part of the process. After the election, I went to NYC to photograph the #NotMyPresident protest that was happening there in front of Trump Tower. People were still in shock. Fear was growing among those in marginalized communities. It was such a difference covering the protests of Trump's Inauguration and the Women's March the next day.

People from all over the country descended on Washington, D.C. They were fired up. These photos show the people who want better. Photographed for the San Francisco Examiner.

Photos from the inauguration protests. On the left are photos from Washington, D.C. photographed by Kristen Tomkowid. On the right are photographs from San Francisco, photographed by Jessica Christian. 

Photos from the inauguration protests. On the left are photos from Washington, D.C. photographed by Kristen Tomkowid. On the right are photographs from San Francisco, photographed by Jessica Christian. 

Reports put the attendance of the D.C. march at near 500,000 participants.

Reports put the attendance of the D.C. march at near 500,000 participants.

#NotMyPresident

On November 12, 2016 numerous peaceful protests and gatherings were held in NYC in reaction to Tuesday's election naming Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump's campaign has criticized for being racist, bigoted, and misogynistic. These photos are from a protest that formed around noon in Union Square and then marched down 5th Avenue to Trump Tower. More than 10,000 people were in attendance. Some of the chants included, "Shame," "We reject the president-elect," "My body, my choice," and "No hate, no fear, refugees/immigrants are welcome here."

They Call It A Pan Chug

I may not have networked or drank as much as I intended at Geekfest DC this past weekend, but at least used my camera. Nothing really as intimidating as photographing a room full of photographers. These photos are from Saturday night's festivities where we witnessed the magnificent pan chug. All shot with my Holga lens on my Canon dSLR, which I think worked splendidly with party scenes and direct flash, even though 60mm is far closer than anything I normally use.

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Free tattoos given to sailors at the Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum Headquarters in NYC.

Free tattoos given to sailors at the Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum Headquarters in NYC.

Free tattoos given to sailors at the Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum Headquarters in NYC.

Free tattoos given to sailors at the Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum Headquarters in NYC.

Free tattoos given to sailors at the Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum Headquarters in NYC.

Free tattoos given to sailors at the Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum Headquarters in NYC.

Sailors pose for a photo in TImes Square, NYC

Sailors pose for a photo in TImes Square, NYC

Marines pose for a photo with a child in Times Square, NYC

Marines pose for a photo with a child in Times Square, NYC

A sailor poses for a portrait one late night outside of the Brass Monkey in NYC

A sailor poses for a portrait one late night outside of the Brass Monkey in NYC

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

Kenny Holsten of the Air Force and Abe McNatt of the Navy enjoy a beer at the Brass Monkey in NYC.

Kenny Holsten of the Air Force and Abe McNatt of the Navy enjoy a beer at the Brass Monkey in NYC.

Marines walk through The Standard Biergarten in NYC.

Marines walk through The Standard Biergarten in NYC.

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

#FleetWeekNYC is for lovers

A sailor pays his tab at last call in The Brass Monkey in NYC.

A sailor pays his tab at last call in The Brass Monkey in NYC.

When You Give a 7-Year-Old Your Camera

This is a glimpse at a Super Bowl 50 party in Virginia Beach shot by me and 7-year-old Natalie A. She loved using my camera. She took dozens of photos, directing people and getting all up in everyone's faces, making sure everyone was photographed.

Mike and child. Photo by Kristen Tomkowid

Mike and child. Photo by Kristen Tomkowid

Country. Photo by Kristen Tomkowid

Country. Photo by Kristen Tomkowid

Will and Chanell. Photo by Natalie A.

Will and Chanell. Photo by Natalie A.

Cathi and Aysa. Photo by Natalie A.

Cathi and Aysa. Photo by Natalie A.

Kristen and Chanell. Photo by Natalie A

Kristen and Chanell. Photo by Natalie A

Meat. Photo by Natalie A.

Meat. Photo by Natalie A.

Chow time. Photo by Natalie A.

Chow time. Photo by Natalie A.

Natalie. Photo by Kristen Tomkowid

Natalie. Photo by Kristen Tomkowid

Beer hunt. Photo by Natalie A.

Beer hunt. Photo by Natalie A.

Group photo! by Natalie A.

Group photo! by Natalie A.