In 1993 I started with a camera, used darkroom equipment and chemistry.
Projects come and go. Here are three fairly typical projects. One involves wine, another - a right of passage and the last a story about one piece of legislation. The clients are very different and so are their needs but it all comes down to storytelling.
We observe, taste and strive to encapsulate the experience to share with others. Some projects involve dirt and wind and others involved Italian cuisine served with Chianti. Oh to work on a project with Italian food everyday! We don't have favorite projects but we do have pictures that make us smile.
How do you describe the American High School experience to a 7th or 8th grader? I have worked with a few high schools to "bottle" the school experience for use in view books and marketing products. I sit on the floor and observe. What exactly did we learn in high school? These schools make me want to go back and do it all again!
In 2014, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz and I worked on a story on how the lack of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program or PDMP effects Missouri. A state Senator stands in the way while a sheriff and pharmacist make an unusual enforcement team. Read Alan's story in the The New York Times.
In the Spring of 2018 I was looking a little cabin feverish. I volunteered for the most time intensive type of True/False Film Festival volunteer they offered - "Juggernaut".
A Juggernaut Volunteer at T/F works 40+ hours over the course of Fri-Sun documentary film festival in Columbia, Missouri USA. I thought with that period of time available and my skills I could do my part. Over the course of the 6-days I served (pre-T/F and during) I completed 22 assignments, edited 400 images and walked 33 miles.
Assignments included; student assemblies with the director of "Primas" ("Cousins") and the two subjects of the documentary about sexual abuse, student film making seminars, student creative writing seminars, directors talking about why they made their film and general festival images. As the last film began I began to cry. It was over. from this solo mountaintop experience how do I describe this? Walk with me ..