American Klassiks

Late last year, I photographed Klassik for a live show and album he was working on. We wanted a wide open, outdoor space, which Washington Park on Milwaukee’s west side provided. I shot a few rolls of film that are on hold until the the album is released, but I thought I’d share a few of the digital files I have here in the meantime. I loved working with Klassik, alongside David Ravel who help produced the shoot. I appreciated how patient, creative, and trusting both were. The live show was one of the highlights of the year, and I am Iooking forward to the album, and more form Klassik (www.iamklassik.com).

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/
Printed Piece Designed by Hanson Dodge Creative

\\ 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.

\\ Tearsheets // Economist Deidre McCloskey for WirtschaftsWoche

"Capitalism has degenerated into an industry of privilege."

"Capitalism has degenerated into an industry of privilege."

Shot last month in Chicago's South Loop for the German weekly business news magazine WirtschaftsWoche. << Such a fascinating woman.>> The title translation (thanks to my German translating Sister-in-Law) "Interview with an economist who has made many changes - from male to female, from Marxist to Libertarian, agnostic to Christian"

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.

OUTTAKES: Modern Dancer's Daniel Burkholder & Andrea Chastant Burkholder

I recently photographed modern dancers Daniel Burkholder and Andrea Chastant Burkholder for Milwaukee Magazine. It focuses on their monthly performance "Real Time" at the Holton Bridge Swing Park. I photographed them in their practice space at Danceworks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I always enjoy photographing dancers because of the way they carry themselves. The hardest thing about most subjects is getting them to loosen up and act natural. Probably as a result of their training, dancers are very comfortable with their bodies and seem to know instinctively how to position themselves, so that hurdle of discomfort doesn’t exist.

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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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!