In college I combined journalism, art and anthropology classes to create my degree in Documentary Photography. Then I worked at a small paper saving money to move to Budapest, Hungary. Based there, I worked on stories from the Balkans for American magazines, newspapers, and NGOs.
In 2000, I returned to the U.S. and worked with CITY 2000, a year-long project documenting Chicago. For the next eight years I shot editorial assignments and commercial work.
I also produced a project about at-risk kids on Chicago’s Southside after meeting a priest in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. I was drawn to the school he founded, Second Chance. Over the next four years I documented one class as they wrestled with the delayed benefits of education versus the instant gratification of life on the street. This project was awarded grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation, and the Chicago Arts Council.
In 2008 I moved to Washington D.C. where I now cover politics and regional issues for major news organizations.
Throughout that time I regularly returned home to Utica, Indiana, to photograph a project on the transformation of the rural area where I grew up. I captured the rolling hills and fields as they turned into concrete and steel for the Lewis and Clark Bridge and highway construction project over the Ohio River.