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The Great Escape Copyright Jeff Widener Dark Side Of Hawaii

Pulitzer nominated Jeff Widener has a dark side to his lens: sultry blacks intermingle with translucent whites, ghostly images of reality on the other side of a hotel room door, for most who have only visited Hawaii.

This series of striking photographs is no surprise, coming from globally-known Widener. Engaging, curious, perspetives that flirt with reality but evermore escape into shadow, Widener captures the archipelago of humanity in his Dark Side of Hawaii.

KRISS: How long has The Dark Side of Hawaii been in the making?

WIDENER: The first image in this project is the tattooed surfer man at Point Panic on the Island of Oahu in 2005. There have been long periods between my daily newspaper job where I have not done any shooting at all. Other times, a great many images were taken in a short time.

KRISS: What camera set-up and post processing did you use for the photo of the old man by the car?

WIDENER: This is Richard Marks who is a Hansen's disease (leprosy) survivor living in the former colony of Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai. The area is tightly controlled by the state, and I was very fortunate to have made friends with several of the patients. Richard is a huge collector, and he showed me around his home. He stopped in front of this old car in the shade because the sunlight was hurting his eyes. A common problem with the patients. While he rested, I used a Leica M7 camera with a 28mm F/2.0 Summicron lens and Tri-BW film.

KRISS: Are your shots staged, or do they just happen for you in the magic of photography?

WIDENER: Most of my shots are not staged. Some environmental portraits are posed, but I always try to let the subject reveal their own personality.

KRISS: How much of what you exposed in the Dark Side is the norm in Hawaii today?

WIDENER: Everything you see in my Hawaii work is very representative of the State. One of the reasons for doing this book is to show the hidden side of the state which most tourists never see. Most visitors envision palm trees, surf boards, aloha shirts but Hawaii is just like any other state in the union which has all the like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. In some cases it's worse like the drug epidemic. I do not necessarily want to focus on a dark theme but rather a hidden side that reveals the issues and culture of Hawaii. The Good, Bad and Ugly you might say. A truthful look at the islands. In some cases it's worse like the drug epidemic. I do not necessarily want to focus on a dark theme but rather a hidden side that reveals the issues and culture of Hawaii. The Good, Bad and Ugly, you might say. A truthful look at the islands.

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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