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Art for AIDS

published: August, 17, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Hobbies, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Art can be a powerful therapeutic tool and a good fundraiser too. Wayne Bristow facilitates a workshop with help from Art For AIDS International

Art for AIDS

Earlier this year I was approached by one of my peers who had the vision of hosting an art show between the two AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in our area. The idea was originally conceived last summer during Pride month. We now have a committee working on it but I will only to be a contributing artist. The decision was part of my need to limit the activities I get involved in; I can’t do it all. “No” has be a complete sentence. Before leaving the planning committee I did share a few

When HIV and the art world connect

published: May, 13, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Art, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Photography, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L. A. guy Kengi on finding a voice and empowerment through art

When HIV and the art world connect

As I sit down to type this article I’m smiling, listening to ‘Higher Than This’ by Ledisi, while sitting inside my gallery. Yeah, I know right? My gallery. I still giggle every single time I say it. As many of you know my life has always been filled with music, art and photography and as I’ve said many times before, photography has been and still is my therapy. During homelessness photography was my voice. It spoke loud and clear for me, allowing me to raise awareness for many issues

Collecting (and giving) affectionate men for Valentine's Day

published: February, 16, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Hobbies, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

As reported in Huffington Post, our Félix Garmendía talks about his experience collecting and giving vintage gay photos

Collecting (and giving) affectionate men for Valentine's Day

Image by Dave via Flickr.com This article by Kim Dramer first appeared on Huffpost Queer Voices here. Offering ideas for Valentine's Day gifts, Félix Garmendía brings his experience collecting and giving vintage gay photos. The New York vintage photo collector became fascinated and intrigued by these after discovering Russell Bush's 1998 book, Affectionate Men. Photo credit: Photo courtesy Amazon.com Garmendía began to haunt New York flea markets, searching out tintypes, daguerreotypes,

Don’t worry….be appy!

published: January, 28, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Wayne Bristow

The world of photo apps. Wayne Bristow says, “it's 2016 and digital photography is here to stay. It’s time to break the rules and create some art.” So get out your phone.

Don’t worry….be appy!

Some serious photographers absolutely hate smartphone photography. They look down too on people who use the ‘auto’ feature to take pictures on your DSLR cameras - the only way to be creative is by doing things manually, they say. But if I followed that advice I would have missed 99 percent of the photos I’ve taken. When the pros ask me what f.stop setting I have used for a photo, I love the look they give me when I say, “I don’t know, I used the auto setting”. The only thing more

Another working holiday?

published: November, 24, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Travel, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow visits with PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy on Bob’s home turf and says “in a small town there are no strangers, just friends you haven’t met yet”.

Another working holiday?

When it comes to holidays, I don’t have the world wide adventures to tell like others do. I recently wrote about taking my first flight at the age tender age of 61, the destination a mere two hours from where I live. Everywhere else I have been could be deemed as a ‘stay-cation’. Even during my final years in the factory I acquired five weeks paid vacation time but when holidays came up, I would work at least three of them. The other two weeks I would wait to take them in the fall when

Got love

published: August, 12, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi uses the gift of photography to bring HIV+ people who need help out of their shell, says “I’ve always believed that art and photography can be very healing and calming“

Got love

It’s 4:01pm on Tuesday, August 04, 2015. It’s beautiful outside and I’ve just come in from a short walk with Dodger and Daisy. It’s been a long day for me which started pretty normally. 5am alarm, shower, coffee and out the door with Dodger and Daisy at 5:42am for our morning walk and homeless outreach. We arrived back home a little after 7am. I began to clean my apartment with the intent of working on two projects I have scheduled for next year. However shortly after 9am I get a call

Purpose

published: February, 16, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Hobbies, Gay Men, Events, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi gets the new year off to a good start with renewed purpose as he continues his work in social media, photography and with the homeless

Purpose

I guess I should start off by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. I know we’re well into February, but as the saying goes, better later than never. I trust and hope the New Year is treating you well and that you’re in amazing health and spirits. So far the New Year is off to a great start for me. Once again I was selected by FORD Motor Company to be their official photographer for the 11th Annual NAACP Image Awards Symposium. This is the second year that they’ve reached out to me t

HIV and the arts

published: February, 11, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Art, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says, "I’ve had the opportunity to show my photos before but the Art for HIV for Art show in Toronto was one that I’m so thankful I was asked to take part in."

HIV and the arts

It’s been just over 4 years since I began to get involved in the HIV community. I was diagnosed in April 2003 but I had an undetectable viral load and my CD4 was high - around 600. My doctor said I was where they hoped they could have everyone who is HIV-positive. I was able to just continue on with my life normally. There was no need for me to take medications and my doctor said I could go ten years or more without them if I stayed healthy and my immune system kept fighting the virus on i

I am too dumb for a smartphone

published: September, 17, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow admits he didn’t read the fine print on his smartphone contract, and he made a bad purchase, but he likes the photographic capabilities it comes with

I am too dumb for a smartphone

To everyone who gave me advice when I decided to get a smartphone, I confess, I should have listened. What a difference a year makes. What I thought would be a good thing for me has turned out to be a nightmare. I’m not talking about the smartphone itself; my rant is more about the service provider. I was totally sucked in by their sales promotion, a free phone and a $130 Blue Jays jersey to top it off. The plan they sold me became the problem I’m having right now. It started off with a

Evolve is just the beginning

published: July, 23, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Art, Activism, Community Events, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi reports on the art show he organized that featured artists from every ethnic andeconomic background as well as people living with HIV, a homeless person - gay, lesbian, transgender and straight

Evolve is just the beginning

On July 10, 2014 about 400 people turned out to walk the red carpet for the opening reception of the Evolve art show at Art Share LA in Downtown Los Angeles featuring over 25 photographers, ceramists and artists. It was far more than what I could have imagined it would be. From the time I taped down the red carpet before our 6pm opening, it was as if that somehow signalled it was time to start. People just kept arriving all night long. I was so blown away The show featured artists from every

Art Posi+ive: Free Agent

published: June, 29, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, Hobbies, CATIE, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE, Ontario visual artist Joseph Babcock isn’t afraid to speak out, gender-bend and push boundaries.

Art Posi+ive: Free Agent

This article by Jennifer McPhee  first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  At a recent event where activist and visual artist Joseph Babcock spoke about living with HIV, someone asked about his darkest moment. Babcock, now 44, described a time when he was 27 years old, three weeks after his doctor diagnosed him with HIV and said he could die within three months. That night in Toronto, Babcock was already in a bad mood bu

Shut-in prisoner of the polar vortex

published: February, 03, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says “I’m really out of shape right now because I can’t get outside. Correction, I could get outside but I just don’t want to, it’s freaking cold out there.” He has the photos to prove what winter in Canada has been like this year.

Shut-in prisoner of the polar vortex

Normally I can be heard complaining about the heat.  I really don’t do well in the heat. I don’t know if it was the medications I use to take or the one I’m on now. Sometimes I just feel extra warm and it seems to come from the inside out. I never feel envious of friends or others who head south to get away from the winter. I know I would constantly be looking for shade to bask in or be sitting in an air conditioned bar if I were to go south. The thoughts of overheating and having bug

Visual AIDS: birds of a feather

published: January, 24, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Photography, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

From CATIE’s winter edition of The Positive Side comes this piece from PositiveLite.com contributor and social media coordinator Wayne Bristow

Visual AIDS: birds of a feather

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.   When I take pictures of birds, I try to capture something a little different—not just a bird sitting on a branch, but their movement and personality. I took this shot while walking through the Arboretum in Guelph, Ontario. I caught these two dark-eyed Juncos in the split second that they were fighting for a position on the bird house. When taking pictures,

The sky is the limit

published: January, 16, 2014 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Writer Joshua Middleton from pozitivehope.com says follow your dreams - don't let HIV stop you. He followed his and so recently took up flying . .

The sky is the limit

Hoping everyone had a very Merry Christmas/Happy Kwanza/Happy Hanukkah and wishing you a Happy New Years. May 2014 be filled with joy and new opportunities for all of us. This year has been an interesting one for me but a time of personal growth as well. When I made the decision to take off of work on temporary disability four months ago I did not know if I was making the right decision or not. I have always been a bit of a “workaholic” so to speak and didn’t know what I would do with

Doing something that means something

published: July, 26, 2013 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Hobbies, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi has a new photo book out and looking through its images brings back memories of what he’s been able to accomplish working with Los Angeles’ poor and needy.

Doing something that means something

Last month I celebrated four years of living in my awesome apartment here in Hollywood. The date was June 29 2009 when I received the green light for the Housing Authority of Los Angeles to end 29 months of homelessness. July 2 is when I moved in. It’s been an incredible four years. As many of you are aware, I was over a year into homelessness when I was diagnosed with HIV and another 15 months before I was no longer living on the streets. You also know that shortly after homelessness beg

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