Too Many Photos

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Haven’t posted any photos in too long. Therefore, to save everyone time, all I have to say is: Here are some photos. Neat! […]

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

An advertisement for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at the turn off from Oregon Route 78 on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

The month of January ended up being a bit different than I had anticipated. Mostly, because I found myself spending most of my weekends in the town of Burns and neighboring Princeton, Oregon at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where armed protesters took control of the buildings and land around the visitor center. […]

The Best of 2015

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Guest artist Claus Kanngiesser rehearses with the Central Oregon Symphony on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Bend High School.

By most accounts, 2015 was, more or less, totally fucked. When it started, for the second time in my life, I found myself suddenly unemployed and completely unsure of what to do next. Sure, I dabbled in the freelance life for a bit, picked up a few assisting gigs, but over my head loomed the realization that Phoenix was not, and never would be, my home. […]

Who Gives a Rut?

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A theme that seems to come up often when I’m writing these posts is the concept of being in a rut. Forever, I took it as this challenge to overcome, and if possible, as quickly as humanly-fucking possible. Trouble is, ruts are pretty easy to come by when working for daily newspapers. Not every assignment is going to be gold and you can’t always turn chicken shit into chocolate pudding. […]

Horses and Bikes

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…and some other things.

It’s been almost two weeks since I started my new position at The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon and I think I’ve gotten more sun than I ever did in Phoenix. I’d say that’s largely because of all the outdoor activities, of which horses and bikes encompass a large percentage. […]

Ms. Senior Arizona 2015

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I’ll admit, since I got laid off, I haven’t been putting enough time into personal work. But last Monday, I got a call from my friend, Herme Sherry, who runs the Ms. Senior Arizona pageant. She was looking to see if I’d be coming out again this year. After I broke the news to her that I no longer work for the paper, I asked if I could still come and photograph the event for myself, to which she was very receptive. […]

The Best (and Worst) of 2014

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It’s hard to start this post. A week ago, had you asked me how this year has been, I would have answered that it was one of the best years to date, professionally and creatively speaking.

Photographically, I made major breakthroughs in both my photography and my approach to photography. I’m seeing differently, working differently and finally creating photos that I am proud to put my name on. After a heavy slump, I’ve become excited to make photos again. […]

EAW Pt. 2: Intimacy and Adolescence

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Your theme is adolescence. But we also wanted your theme to be intimacy. So really, your theme is both intimacy and adolescence. It’s about the intimacy in adolescence. And also how you ultimately create intimacy with your subjects. […]

EAW Pt. 1: Sentiments and Relationships

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Exhausting. Humbling. Magical. Whirlwind. Defining. Warm. Freezing. Special. Lovely. Inspiring. Tragic. Exhilarating. Terrifying. Hilarious. Beautiful. Solemn. Thought-provoking. Frustrating. Heart-wrenching. Bonding. Game-changing. Life-changing. […]