Seen & Heard debuts in Hearing Loss Magazine!

6 09 2011

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) members Danielle Nicosia and John Kinstler are my first Seen & Heard profiles in the Hearing Loss Magazine (September/October 2011 issue). I came up with the idea as a way to profile even more HLAA members in the magazine.

I photographed 48 (!) members (in just three hours!) in Crystal City, Virginia during HLAA’s annual convention this past June. I had help from my two able assistants, Michael Schwehr and Ed Fagan. Some members posed solo, some with their spouses, some with friends and some with a sister or daughter.

I prepared a questionnaire with more than 30 questions (some fun, some insightful) for each participant and we’ve got some great profiles in the works for future issues of the magazine. I included basic information such as name, birth date, home base, origin of hearing loss, etc., as well as questions about jobs, hobbies, family, favorite things, sage advice, life lessons learned, etc. I then picked my favorite answers from each questionnaire and paired them with a great portrait of that member.

I’ll try to fit in at least one profile per issue, but space-permitting, we may be able to include two (like we did with this issue). For those of you who had in-depth and very detailed responses, don’t be too surprised if your profile warranted a two-page spread! You can download and read Danielle and John’s complete profiles here: Danielle&JohnProfiles

Danielle wins a gold star for being first to respond to the “call for entries” via my Facebook promo, first to submit her answers and first in line for her portrait. Thanks for participating, Danielle and John!

(Oh, and to John, a fellow John Denver fan—I learned to play “Looking for Space” on the piano when I was a teenager. It’s one of my favorite songs of his to sing!)

Excerpts from “Looking for Space” (lyrics by John Denver)

On the road of experience, I’m trying to find my own way
Sometimes I wish that I could fly away
When I think that I’m moving, suddently things stand still
I’m afraid ’cause I think they always will

And I’m looking for space
And to find out who I am
And I’m looking to know and understand
It’s a sweet, sweet dream
Sometimes I’m almost there
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
And sometimes I’m deep in despair

All alone in the universe, sometimes that’s how it seems
I get lost in the sadness and the screams
Then I look in the center, suddenly everything’s clear
I find myself in the sunshine and my dreams

Photos © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.



One response

17 12 2012

Great way of seeing things – I am a little more of a
monochrome individual, myself

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