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. In Budapest, I worked in the Balkans for American magazines, newspapers and NGOs.
In the year 2000, I retuned to the U.S and worked with CITY 2000, a year-long project documenting Chicago. For the next eight years I shot magazine assignments, commercial commissions and began a project about at risk kids on Chicago’s Southside.
I met a priest in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and was drawn to the school he founded, Second Chance. Over the next four years I documented a 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 my wife took a job in Washington D.C., and I began covering politics and regional issues for many of the major news organizations based in D.C.
From 2005 to 2017 I returned home to Utica, Indiana to photograph my HomeLands project. The rural area where I grew up was being transformed from rolling hills and fields into concrete and steel due to the Lewis and Clark Bridge and highway construction project over the Ohio River.
I believe land makes people who they are. Photography is my way of exploring how this happens.