I took an analog photography class at Illinois State in 2009. After browsing the library's photography section, Lee Friedlander stood out among the rest. I liked his work.
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When I go out with my camera, my destination is rarely determined. The world around me controls my movement in space. I like to map out a place in my head before going to work. I analyze shapes in an environment on multiple grounds of depth to predict where things will line up. Relationships start to develop in my mind, so i go explore. Some work. Some don't. Most lead me to new ideas.
Sometimes fun little unintentional gems find their way into the shot. These are the best moments.
I enjoy the geometric basics of the world. Man made objects break down to simple shapes. Forced perspective is all around us. I've been referring to these moments as "Sweet Spots". There's always an adventure involved. I find it peaceful and fulfilling.
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Editing the photos is just as enjoyable, but on a different level.
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The following are a few of the photographs from an afternoon in Chicago, IL. I shoot digital on a Nikon D3300 with minimal editing in Photoshop.
I was raised in Calumet City, IL. My professional glassblowing career led me to Phoenix, AZ where I was given the opportunity to teach glassblowing classes. Notes and chalk drawings of different techniques for the students resulted in my current book project.