Urbex

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Wonderful Oliveé!

I am still trying to catch up with editing the summers activities. This month I’d like to feature work shot with the sweet Oliveé from New York. I was really impressed with his enthusiasm especially after a hideously complicated flight, which seems to be the norm anymore. Surprisingly he was unfazed with a calm demeanor …

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Zach in the Motor City

Working with Zach is symbolized beautifully with this first image – a tempting vine that wraps around your mind – tangling your imagination – producing stunning shots! Dramatic writing aside, I determined that our second session should involve a field trip to Detroit. Time to get down and dirty in the field, so to speak. …

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Esteban in Cleveland

What happens when you bring a professional dancer to abandoned locations? Well, you end up with some wonderfully expressive and interactive images! I discovered Esteban through Instagram, as I have with a few other talented guys. I was immediately captivated by his skills as a modern dancer. And since modern dancers aren’t constrained by the …

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Jake in the Motor City

Continuing my enthusiasm from Portugal, I was able to schedule several new explorations of the old Rust Belt cities. My first was Detroit. It has been about 5 years since I’ve seen this city. New to this trip – help from a Canadian urbex guy who knew about more interesting areas than I ever could! …

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João – the final Portuguese portfolio

My second major expedition in Portugal was due east of Lisbon near the Spanish border – an amazing fortified city defending from Moorish and Spanish incursions. I can’t remember exactly how I discovered this location but it was a glorious step back in time. Massively thick walls provided protection for the town, while a large …

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Last Shoot of the Year

It’s been a busy past couple of months. I’ve been cranking out new dimensional encaustic pieces in preparation for an art show in Cleveland. And, of course, the weather has started its gradual winter decline making location shoots difficult. Before that window of opportunity closed, I was able to work with the wonderful Devin from …

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Abandoned Cleveland

Over the past two years I’ve been exploring my native city of Cleveland as a source for my figurative work. It’s odd that I have avoided it for so long. But now, with every investigation, I find more locations that stimulate fresh ideas and stir more themes of social reflection. This series of images was …

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Time is a Thief

  I always talk about how the camera is a recording device for time. Those milliseconds of clicking shutter forever seal a sight, never to be repeated. With people, I always think of visual characteristics. They transform with time. I can easily note the differences in my own youthful pictures. The camera seals and protects …

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Cleveland 2021

Cleveland is a city that has become symbolic of the social forces in our country for my work. I grew up in its shadow, barely visiting out of parental fear. Now I understand its maligned past. It is a symbol of human greed. Huge companies that built our country were located here. Westinghouse, Warner-Swasey, Ford, …

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New Muse Blake

Vaccinations complete, ready to move on! After such a long pause, I’m back behind the lens with new work and a fresh face to photograph. This post features a new Ohio model who I had the good fortune to meet and start his portfolio with some amazing images. I quickly discovered that my model, Blake, …

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