I am a Clinical Psychologist; an analyst of visual journalism; an interpreter of political images; and publisher of the political blog BAGnewsNotes.

BAGnewsNotes is the only blog dedicated 100% to visual politics and the analysis of news images. The site is followed closely by the political and visual media, the political blogosphere, the photojournalism community and it is widely referred to in university visual studies and communications programs. BNN also features original photojournalism from top-name photographers. Current contributers include Alan Chin, Nina Berman, Lori Grinker and Zoriah Miller.

My clinical training -- which is woven into my commentary -- involves the psychology of character and the presentation of self in everyday life, and my research has dealt primarily with the psychological function of metaphor.

In addition to my private practice, I spent nine years as the consulting psychotherapist at The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), the highly-regarded architecture and design program and think-tank in Los Angeles. For five years before that, I served the same function at Otis College of Art and Design. Counting both experiences, I have spent thousands of hours collaborating with students and design professionals in their creative process, as well as participating in the formal and informal analysis and critique of visual images.

The BAGnewsNotes blog began in June 2003. Originally, it was the home for a civics tool/ visual experiment/political cartoon called BAGnews. Beginning in mid-2004, however, spurred by the photo coverage of the Bush-Kerry presidential campaign, I turned my attention to this new "discipline" -- the visual analysis of political images.

Key awards and recognition:

*Webby Awards finalist for Best Political Blog (along with Huffington Post and Columbia Journalism Review) -- 2006.

* Winner -- 2006 Koufax Award -- Best Post.

*Winner -- First Gilliard Grant of Merit for Excellence in Journalism and News Blogging -- Netroots Nation 2008.

*Credential blogger -- 2008 Democratic National Convention.

I have been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since September '05, writing a blog feature called "Reading The Pictures."

I'm alway interested in comments and feedback. To reach me, please write to: openbag AT bagnews (dot) com.