Where did you grow up?
North Suburbs of Chicago but moved to Milwaukee when i was young, so that remains the home base when i’m not in Chicago. It’s a nice spot, Midwest can be alright.
When did you get into photography and why?
Photography peaked my interest when i took a class for it in high school like a lot of people. I really hate school, but my photography teacher was cool to be around, and was genuinely encouraging. Took it up then and haven’t stopped since.
Where would you say is the best place to shoot? Where is a place you haven't been to, but always wanted to?
I walk around Chicago as much as i can, its a massive, visually rich city with a lot of pockets i’ve still never been to despite living here almost 7 years now. I drive down south to East Chicago and Gary, Indiana quite a bit too. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon.
How do you take your coffee?
Whats your morning ritual look like?
*back pain meds* and coffee, its a good ritual.
How would you describe your shooting style?
Somebody recently said i do “the darkness” well and i’ve been trying to decipher it since. I’ll describe my process instead: I carry as much gear as i can and walk till i can’t anymore. In summer months, sweating is key.
What type of music do you listen to? What is your favorite song now?
Punk was a pretty big part of my life for a while, but lately a lot of Soul and Hip Hop has been in the mix. I’ve probably listened to various live versions of “Exciter” by Judas Priest over 100 times this week.
Any big plans/projects in the future you'd like our audience to know about?
I’m cooking a bunch of projects lately, been dipping into video work a bit. Right now I’m working on a book about commercial trucking with my mate Kevin McCaughey. It’ll be out in time for the LA art book fair this year.
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