Alleys & Ruins no. 145, Washington DC …and What?? I’m Chicagoan of the week!!

August 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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Alleys & Ruins no. 145, Key Bridge (2014, Washington, DC, 11pm)

This was my 3rd attempt to get a good shot in DC – the first being nine years ago; the 2nd three years ago – so I was thrilled to find this abandoned shack under the Key Bridge in the Georgetown neighborhood. The Key Bridge spans the Potomac River, linking DC to Arlington, VA. Georgetown is a historic and thriving neighborhood, plus I had two friends with me, happily making this a very relaxed shoot.


Chicagoan of the week!!

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The Chicago Reader has named me their Chicagoan of the week!

In the write up, I tell the story of a close brush with a beating (or worse) at the hands of a Compton street gang in 2008. I was working on a night shoot when a gang found me and my two friends – not hard when you’re lighting a 50-foot-tall water tower!! Incredibly (miraculously?), I ended up making friends with them, and getting two good shots that night!

The two pictures are below. If you want a more detailed account of the insane night, you can find it at my website here and here.

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What I do to get my photos! Compton, 2008, 11pm and 12:30am


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Peoria Art Guild Gallery, Peoria, IL
June 28 – July 16, 2014
Urban Underground

This show came and went since my last post (I’m so ashamed!). I was the featured artist in this exhibit which explored urban culture: expansion, decay, and renewal.


The Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL
Mar 23 -Aug 31, 2014
502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL

Fragile Relations” is a touring exhibit that began at the museum’s Chicago gallery in Oct 2012. After the Springfield exhibit closes, it will move to the Illinois State Museum’s Southern Illinois Gallery (November 9, 2014 – March 15, 2015).

Fragile Relations highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world.

I’m exhibiting two 32X40 Alleys & Ruins, three 32X40 Glam Bug pieces, and an 8×10 foot print of Alley 134, Dub Stop. That image is also being used in all the promotional material and is first piece people see when entering the gallery. Unfortunately I can’t attend the reception.

The Fragile Relations show was featured on ABC-TV in Oct 2012, and was the Chicago Tribune’s A&E Pick of the Week in Dec 2012.


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