Common Ground - Ten Years of Persevering for the Common Good

“Common Ground is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens in Southeastern Wisconsin, dedicated to identifying pressing social problems facing our community and bringing about creative solutions.”

Learn more about Common Ground Here: http://www.commongroundwi.org/
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\\ Tearsheets // Hannah Rosenthal - Leader of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Hannah Rosenthal, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, in her office for the December 2017 Issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Read the story here.

Micro Bruisers - Milwaukee Junior Roller Derby


5 years ago, I played my last Roller Derby bout. It was the first Brewcity Bruisers Midwest Brewhaha at Franklin Sports Complex. I was there when the Milwaukee's Roller Derby league first formed in the winter of 2005/2006. I pretty much credit BCB for keeping me in Milwaukee. It opened me up to all the great things I love about this city. I made lifelong friends and I am guessing I may have never met my husband if I hadn’t joined. I never played many sports as a kid, but it made me wish I had. It gave me the confidence in my physical appearance and abilities. It’s one of the best things I have ever done. In 2011, I got married and began the next chapter in my life starting a family, and I said goodbye to derby. Recently, I wanted to put my skills toward documenting an organization that I love and maybe help them to promote what they are doing. These girls, between the ages of 8-17 are amazing and fierce. I wish I had this when I was their age and grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to play derby if she chooses to. I watched these mighty girls practice, scrimmage, bout and then finally getting their end of season awards. You can visit http://www.brewcitybruisers.com for more info and https://www.facebook.com/BcbMicroBruisers to learn more about them.

Portrait of Kate Mau of Wild Haven Fiber Company

Tearsheet: Frank Almond

I met the violinist, Frank Almond, at the Youth Symphony Orchestra building just a little northwest of Milwaukee’s downtown. I was directed to a practice room where we could do the shoot. I brought along small strobes, but I hoped I would be able to keep them in my bag and shoot with natural light alone. As soon as I entered the room I noticed the strong window light coming in and the patterns it created on the walls and floor. Soon Frank arrived, and we got to work right away. I basically just shuffled him around trying to fit him in the precise pocket of shadow and light I was looking for. At first, I think he was skeptical, but I just talked his ear off while I moved him around and I could soon tell he was seeing something in my weird way of taking his portrait. We ended the shoot out in the parking lot, but none of those shots came close to these. I was so excited that I posted an instagram grid that day. Below is the finished piece in Milwaukee Magazine.

"Here, My Dear"

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These are from another shoot I did for Alverno Presents' upcoming season. This one features Tarik Moody (@RadioMilwaukee), a DJ at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. He is curating a show that celebrates Marvin Gaye's record "Here, My Dear" that will feature other musicians--one of whom, Aleta,  joined us at Acme Records in Bayview for the shoot. I loved shooting there. Ken, the owner of the record store, paneled all the walls with reclaimed wood he has salvaged over the years.

Special thanks to Acme Records/Shopkeeper Ken for letting us his awesome shop.

Nick Sanborn for Alverno Presents and Duke Performances

I recently photographed Nick Sanborn (Made of Oak, Megafaun) for the upcoming season of Alverno Presents. Nick will be narrating a performance that features many of the artists he's worked with over the years in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and perhaps beyond, describing their meetings, connections, and the community they have made.  The show will be preformed at both Alverno and Duke University in the fall. More info will be up soon on the Alverno Presents website: http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu/ Special thanks to Erik Ljung for assisting me and TOC vintage for lending me their space (and the secret piano graveyard) for the shoot!

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\\ Tearsheet // Beautiful Dreamer: The Foster Project

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Shot for Alverno Presents Season 53. Printed in this month's issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Many thanks to my Dylan for all of his assisting help! More info here: http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu/pages/shows/Beautiful-Dreamer.aspx

 

New Poster for Alverno Presents: Ex Fabula Terminal Milwaukee Series

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Design by Dwellephant

I have been working with Ex-Fabula for a year on their storytelling series "Terminal Milwaukee" The final installment is a part of the amazing Alverno Presents 52nd season. The artist, Dwellephant, (who is so incredibly talented) designed the poster, using one of my photographs of Tom Crawford, the series main storyteller.

This year has gone by so quick! I have been looking forward to the performance all year and I can't believe it's finally here.

"Alverno Presents couldn’t be prouder to host the culminating performance, and we’re going epic. Bagpipers, accordion players, punk rockers, and gospel singers will celebrate the Crawford Saga. In our 51-year history, we’ve never done anything like this, and we’re reasonably certain that Milwaukee has have never seen anything like it.

Next Saturday!