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This photo of a lakefront view of downtown Chicago was taken during my rust belt tour earlier this year. Although most of the trip was focused on finding the beauty in the decayed and neglected industries, we would take moments like this one to see the beauty in the modern city as well. This is […]
I love the perspective of this piece. It was taken in an abandoned steel and wire company in Chicago. Every time I look at this photo, it draws me in, spins me around and spits me out. I love that momentary sensation in my stomach like I’m on a spinning ride at Lakeside.
When I was in the rust belt shooting urban decay and the fall of American Industry, I worked on a series of telephones. All the different types of phones stamped a date on the closing of these plants. Each one was unique and told a story. This one was in one of the last buildings […]
This sunset photo was taken just outside of Pittsburgh earlier this year. My brother Josh and I had just finished a weekend of shooting urban exploration photographs in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and were on our way back to Toledo, Oh for Easter. We had waited for the sunset in the city on one of the […]
This Aztec inspired garment was created by Denver designer, Armando Guerra. The make-up was done by Denver make-up artist, Becky Laschanzky www.missbeckymakeupartist.com Shooting fashion is always great because I get to collaborate with other talented artists. The final images are always a surprise and I love that!
Ice paintings are one of my favorite rainy afternoon photography project. It’s easy to accomplish. First, freeze a container of water into ice. A disposable food container works great. Then, set up some lights or use natural light if it’s available. Slowly add your favorite colors of food coloring or acrylic paints and take macro […]
This coal fired power plant in Denver is one of thousands in the country. As we shift our focus to more green technologies for creating energies, scenes like this will become more rare. We’ll begin to see more solar panels and wind turbines replacing smoke stacks and huge piles of coal.
Denver is filled with little treasures like this. This cemetery is in a very industrial part of town. There are so many symbols of death in this photograph, I couldn’t resist shooting it. From the tombstones to the barren trees to the still factory in the background, death prevails.
Buildings like this are scattered throughout the Toledo, Oh area. Once a great industrial city filled with manufacturers of glass, autos, bearings and other objects is now filled with abandoned shells slowly decaying. In other parts of the country, buildings like this one are coveted as urban Loft projects, but in Toledo they are just […]
Part of the reason I chose to come to the rust belt to shoot a photography project is that I love the aesthetic of decay. This image of a vw bug in Erie, Co caught my eye for its different stages of corrosion.
As I traveled along I-25 north of Denver, I realized the landscape was spattered with these oil drills. I’m always looking for situations where there’s a juxtaposition of nature and man. Although we’re currently completely dependent on oil for transportation, energy and plastics. I hope that one day these oil drills are replaced with renewable […]
I passed this scene the other day in Denver and I was drawn to the juxtaposition of the religious and industrial icons. Both have been worshiped at different times of history by different groups of people. As I start to shoot the fall of our once great industrial sector, I will continue to look for […]
This image was part of a handmade book I made based on the theme of Denial. This represents the elephant in the room that everyone seems to be able to ignore. At the time GW was still in office and I was amazed at how the general public was blind to his ways.
These brave cyclists/artists ride in the Denver Gay Pride Parade in 2008. They creatively create these two story bikes that get them at least 10 off the ground. They were having a great ride that day. The parade paused right as they reached me and they began circling me over and over again. It made […]
A few years back, I bought some vintage Russian bellows for my my DSLR. I also found a beautiful 2.8/50mm Carl Zeiss lens that combined with the bellows, makes these beautiful macro shots. This image is from a simple 1970 (the year I was born) U.S. Penny. I love the clarity of the scratches , […]
Today I was out on the hunt for images in preparation for my trip to the rust belt. I was looking for industrial scenes that might make good HDR (high dynamic range) images. I passed this scene earlier in the day but the light just wasn’t right. I waited here for about an hour and […]
Since I was 16 I have been in love with Volkswagons. I’ve had 5 beetles, 4 buses (one of which I traveled through Europe in) and a VW Thing. When I came across this awesome VW yard today, I was immediately drawn to this image. I’ve spent many hours with my head and hands in […]
I’m looking forward to the warm weather. Winter in Colorado is very beautiful, but long. I’m looking forward to grass, flowers and even bugs. (we don’t have many here)
I’ve been thinking about food all day today. So, when it came time to choose a photo for today’s post, I was immediately drawn to this shot.
As spring approaches I’m starting to think about all the things I love about the warm weather. Gardening, Hiking, and of course Pride always top my list. This image was taken at the 2008 Pride Parade on Colfax Ave. right across from the Capitol Building. This photo always brings a smile to my face. They […]
Yesterday, I received a neutral density filter that I ordered earlier in the week. I went for a walk along the Platte river with my dog, Kahlo to get this shot. I scouted this spot on a walk with my partner Remy last weekend and I knew it would be the perfect place to try […]
I’ve always liked the haunting feel of this piece. I love the contrast of color and mood that’s portrayed in this almost “lifeless” pose. The dress and styling was done by artist, Armando Guerra back when we first met in 1999.