Blog » Photo

Blog » Photo

January 16, 2014
Photo

Back in the fall of 2013, the wonderful folks at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust asked me to take some photographs for use in their educational materials on the Robie House in Hyde Park. They already had plenty of exterior shots, so I was charged with taking photographs highlighting how the interior spaces related to one another.

While this assignment certainly called for a bit less experimentation that I'd have liked—what could be better than getting a little weird inside a Frank Lloyd Wright house?—even straightforward images of one of these buildings are inevitably remarkable. Here are a few that I think turned out best:

Frak Lloyd Wright - Robie House window
  • Frak Lloyd Wright - Robie House stairway
  • Frak Lloyd Wright - Robie House living room
  • Frak Lloyd Wright - Robie House light fixtures
  • Frak Lloyd Wright - Robie House hallway
  • Frak Lloyd Wright - Robie House outdoor view
  • Frak Lloyd Wright - Robie House window
July 19, 2013
Photo

Congratulations to my big brother Ben (and of course his lovely fiancé Nicole) on his their engagement! I couldn't be more excited for their wedding, set for next summer. I was honored when they asked me to spend a late afternoon hour with them shooting a few photos to gear up for the big day.

If you're in the market for some professional photography, feel free to view the rest of my portfolio or reach out and get in touch about a new project.

Chicago engagement photos
  • Chicago engagement photos
  • Chicago engagement photos
  • Chicago engagement photos
  • Chicago engagement photos
  • Chicago engagement photos
  • Chicago engagement photos
March 1, 2013
Photo

Come the end of winter, it’s easy to get caught in a rut. Especially in Chicago, by the end of February it’s often hard for me to find the motivation to do, well… pretty much anything outside of the house. Today, though, I had to run an errand that brought me downtown to the City Clerk’s office. While at first I was legitimately dreading the public transit trek to deal with Chicago bureaucracy, I was given some very apt advice to take my camera with me—after months of inactivity, it was sitting on my desk collecting dust.

As I got going, I was reminded of high school photography field trips, shooting on black and white 35mm film. With the last vestiges of a winter storm still clinging to the earth, I thought the snow would make for some spectacular high-contrast shots that would look fantastic processed in black and white—just like the old days.

Many of these images are intentionally a bit voyeuristic, focusing on how people interact with the city, while others are simply architectural shots or just shapes that caught my eye. Regardless, I hope you enjoy.

Sunrise Market - Chicago, IL
  • Brick wall - Chicago, IL
  • Subway - Chicago, IL
  • 'L' Ride - Chicago, IL
  • Downtown street - Chicago, IL
  • Downtown bridge - Chicago, IL
  • The Bean, Millenium Park - Chicago, IL
  • Amphitheater - Chicago, IL
  • Millenium Park - Chicago, IL
  • Stark Imposition - Chicago, IL
  • Lonely branch - Chicago, IL
  • Fire escape - Chicago, IL
July 19, 2012
Photo

Over the past decade or so, Pitchfork Media has earned its place among (many would argue atop) the most respected voices in music reviews and news. Following its online successes, Pitchfork decided in 2005 to host a Music festival in Chicago’s Union Park, which has since become a yearly mecca for up-and-coming artists and music lovers alike.

These photos are from the first two days of this year’s festival, shot for the Chicago Journal.

Artists featured below (in order): Willis Earl Beal, Sleigh Bells, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids, The Dirty Projectors, Feist, Hot Chip, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Willis Earl Beal - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Union Park - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Sleigh Bells - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Sleigh Bells - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • A$AP Rocky Crowd - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • A$AP Rocky - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Japandroids - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Japandroids - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • The Dirty Projectors - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Feist - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Records - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Crowd - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Hot Chip - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Crowd - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Pitchfork Music Festival 2012, Chicago
May 22, 2012
Photo

As soon as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Barack Obama announced their plans to host the G8 and NATO summits in Chicago, concurrent plans for massive protests emerged almost immediately. Despite the last-minute decision to move the G8 summit to Camp David, thousands of protesters from around the nation converged on Chicago to exercise their rights.

While NATO serves as the military muscle for some of the world’s wealthiest countries, protesters were not only airing their concerns over military issues. Instead, they used the national stage to spotlight an incredibly vast array of progressive issues—from nuclear nonproliferation to health care to climate change. Members of the Occupy movement showed up in droves, along with union leaders, and members of the online hacker group Anonymous.

Agreeing on a single issue for advocacy seemed not to be a priority. In fact, different factions of protesters seemed to be somewhat wary of others—members of the nurses’ union, for example, cautiously eyeing masked Occupy or Anonymous members.

Ultimately, though, these protesters appeared to be most concerned with pushing a general progressive agenda and making their voices heard. These photos are from Friday, May 18, at the National Nurses United protests in Daley Plaza, which featured a performance by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.

Anonymous - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Helicopter - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Daley Plaza - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Nurses - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Signs & hoods - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Coexist flag - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Anonymous - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Police - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Anti-war - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Range of views- NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Healthcare - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Occupy Merch - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Tom Morello - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Morello Fist - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
  • Crowd Fist - NATO Protests, Chicago IL
November 22, 2011
Photo

Since I finished studying in Italy nearly three years ago, I had longed to return. The landscape turned up in dreams, the food remained (sadly) unmatched, and the language lay in a forlorn, unused corner of my brain. So, when a good friend of mine moved to Rome for a year (fully-equipped with a free place to crash), I saved my money and jumped at the first opportunity for a two-week visit.

Rome

As my home base, I spent most of my time in Rome. It’s a city overflowing with history, architecture, and culture. Around seemingly every corner in the city center is a monument straight out of a textbook. Having a personal tour-guide with local connections, though, allowed me to see a side of the city outside of the tourist attractions: la Roma dei Romani (the Rome of the Romans, as one local described it). I visited centri sociali (social centers) with modern art and music, and unmarked restaurants free of the ever-present international tourist. I didn’t carry my camera with me nearly as much as I should have, but these are a few brief impressions from my time in Rome:

Streetcorner bus - Rome, Italy
  • Basilica di San Giovanni - Rome, Italy
  • Church candles - Rome, Italy
  • Piazza fountain at night - Rome, Italy
  • Piazza fountain at night - Rome, Italy
  • Villa Sciarra - Rome, Italy
  • Marketplace - Rome, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Vatican Tiber River - Rome, Italy
  • Tiber River - Rome, Italy
  • Vatican - Rome, Italy
  • Vatican at night - Rome, Italy
  • St. Peter's Basilica at night - Rome, Italy
July 25, 2011
Photo

This is a project that’s been on the backburner for quite some time… which means I’ve had quite some time to think about it. When I studied abroad in 2009, I was struck (as anyone who travels inevitably is) by the beauty of my new environment. Being in Italy, I was surrounded by some of the most well known works of art in the world, the most lauded architecture, and of course breathtaking landscapes.

But outside of the galleries and monuments, I felt a certain intangible charm in the experience. Perhaps it was because I was seeing the world with fresh eyes, untainted by prior conceptions, but I found beauty in the most unlikely places. Even traditionally mundane objects became works of art in their own right. As these small details began to catch my eye, I became fixated on doors.

Aside from the pure aesthetic variety and understated elegance of the doors themselves, they became something more. Each one was a passageway. A story. An entire history of all those that had passed through. A static, enduring monument to memories long since forgotten.

Those doors which interested me most were the ones that had fallen prey to the unrelenting forces of time. Weather-worn and decaying, these portals bear the bittersweet burden that ultimately afflicts us all.

Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
  • Italian door photography
February 25, 2011
Photo

With Wisconsin Democratic senators still out of the state, a vote on Governor Walker’s budget repair bill has been postponed indefinitely. Union protesters have agreed to pension and budget cuts proposed by Walker, and are primarily opposing the bill’s provision to remove unions’ collective bargaining rights. Thus far, however, Republican lawmakers have refused to negotiate.

These photos photos are from Feb 17 & 19, and document both union protests and Tea Party counter-protesters:

Capitol rotunda protests - Madison, WI
  • Tea Party protests - Madison, WI
  • Tea Party vs. Unions - Madison, WI
  • Union buster capitol - Madison, WI
  • State Street protests - Madison, WI
  • Fox News will lie about this - Madison, WI
  • Union protest signs - Madison, WI
  • Capitol rotunda protests - Madison, WI
  • Capitol rotunda protests - Madison, WI
February 17, 2011
Photo

On February 11, newly elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed a fast-tracked budget repair bill. If passed, it would place the burden of balancing the budget squarely on the working class and remove their rights to protest these changes. State employees in nearly all sectors would lose massive benefits, but more importantly they would lose their right to collectively bargain for sick leave, working conditions, and even working hours. Walker has stated that if unions refuse to cooperate, he will not hesitate to send in the National Guard.

The only unions exempt from these proposed changes would be firefighters, police and state troopers—coincidentally the only unions who supported Governor Walker in his election bid to begin with. But, even these unions are coming out against Walker, backing labor, and standing as a unified front.

While union leaders have agreed to the pension and health care cuts outlined in the bill, Republican leadership has held fast to the bill’s provisions that collective bargaining be eliminated for state workers.

In Madison the past three days, tens of thousands have shown up to protest the governor’s bill. Teachers, students and workers from accross the state have flocked to the capital to voice their disappointment and show their solidarity.

These photos are from the demonstrations on Feb 16.

Workers' rights are human rights - Madison, WI
  • Firefighters for labor protests - Madison, WI
  • Students march union protests - Madison, WI
  • Teachers union protest - Madison, WI
  • Union protests - Madison, WI
  • Protest Flags - Madison, WI
  • Union protests - Madison, WI
  • Union protests - Madison, WI
  • Educators union protest - Madison, WI
February 9, 2011
Photo

Winter in Wisconsin has the reputation, not without justification, for being horribly long, cold, and miserable. But, as with everything, there’s a great deal of beauty that can be found in the long nights and subzero temperatures. These are some shots from around the Great White North in 2011.

Union Terrace in Winter - Madison, WI
  • Union Terrace in Winter - Madison, WI
  • Lake Mendota in Winter - Madison, WI
  • Frozen Bush - Madison, WI
  • Frozen Bush - Madison, WI
  • Frozen Bush - Madison, WI
  • Frozen Gas Meter - Madison, WI
  • Frozen Gas Meter - Madison, WI
  • Frozen Gas Meter - Madison, WI

Pages