When I was 11 years old I won a red ribbon at the Indiana State Fair in photography. It was for a series of photos I took of our cats. My family went to Michigan that summer for vacation, I didn’t find out about the prize until after we returned home and the Fair was over. I saw this as the world was telling me, however indirectly, to nurture my interested in photography. And I have.
All though high school and college I worked on student publications. I did an internship, worked part-time at a small town newspaper, and eventually moved to Budapest, Hungary because I wanted to be that kind of roving photographer. And I was, The Christian Science Monitor sent me to Albania, US News & World Report sent me to Serbia, I worked for NGOs in Romania. Despite the successes it was a feast and famine life and eventually landed in Chicago.
In the Windy City I expanded my skills and started working commercially as well as teaching. After ten years of circling The Loop we moved to Washington DC. After six years in our nation’s Capitol – and I never went up the Washington Monument – we recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Through it all I’ve kept one or more long-term projects in the works. Projects that in one way or another focus on how people create community. My HomeLands work has been featured in the New York Times Lens blog, NPR’s Picture Show, and Lenscratch. I have indeed nurtured my interest in photography – and cats. I’ve added a drum habit to the mix because sometimes photography is just too quiet.
National Geographic Traveler
WBEZ – Chicago Public Radio
The Christian Science Monitor
Town & Country
Jack Morton World Wide
University of Chicago
University of Michigan