It's always a treat when my work inspires others. I learned recently that trombonist and euphoniumist Brett Keating, a Masters student in Luzern, Switzerland, has commissioned composer Thomas C. Lang to write a sonata in three movements – each movement will be inspired by and named after one of my three main bodies of work: Alleys & Ruins, The Glam Bugs and the Crystals. Keating asked me for permission, telling me I was his favorite artist. How could I possibly say no! The premiere performance will be in Luzern in the Fall, and will feature a slideshow of my work behind the musicians. The multimedia performance will be streamed live and will be available for viewing on my site after that.
And the two images above are from Detroit artist Brooke Wales. While preparing her portfolio for college, she wanted to show off the beauty of decay in her city. Being a fan of my work, she asked if she could use my images as a starting point. She reproduced Alley 63, Smash (left) as a scratchboard etching, and Alley 95, Central Station in ink. I love the way they turned out, as expressionist versions of my photographs!