Dispatches from the Deep South

On a narrow road jutting off a rural highway in Central Louisiana is a massive detention center, tucked behind towering pine trees in aptly named Pineville, Louisiana. Rising nearly as high are rows and rows of barbed wire fences with watchtowers placed every few hundred feet. Besides the flags flapping in the wind, the only […]

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Polar Vortex Hits Chicago

Who doesn’t like long walks on the beach, even if it is -22 (-51 windchill)? Walking around in this type of weather for an extended amount of time feels like you’re inhabiting another planet. The only sounds to be heard are the constant whirring wind gusts and glassy ice crunching and grinding under foot. The […]

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Photos of the Year 2018

Pretty sure 2018 couldn’t have been more different than 2017. I went from freelance photographer to staff photographer. And instead of shooting photos all over the world, I spent 2018 shooting photos (mostly) within the confines of a few acres of campus. While the traveling was a great experience with some unforgettable stories, I’ve thoroughly […]

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Seeing What I Don’t See

During a presentation of his work, photojournalist W. Eugene Smith famously responded, “I didn’t come here to talk nuts and bolts” to an audience question asking what type of camera, lens and film he used. Those who know me know that I’m not much of a “gearhead” when it comes to camera equipment. I put […]

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Access to the Madness

Back in early March during a brief meeting of our Marketing and Communication staff to gameplan for our March Madness coverage, we said to ourselves, “Wouldn’t it just be great if they win that first round game?”

For Loyola to make the tournament at all was historic—this was their first trip since 1985—so the decision was for me to travel with the team, documenting what it was like for Loyola’s first team in 33 years to go to the tournament.

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Best Photos of 2017

2017 was a year on the move. My camera took me ~60,000 air miles around the world where I got to see and photograph some incredible people and places. But the 1,000 or so miles from Texas back to the Midwest and to my new home in Chicago were the most exciting. Here’s a little collection […]

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

With this being my 10 year “anniversary” of my first visit to Cuba I felt strangely stuck between two time periods as well. In 2007 I was a 17-year-old who knew relatively little about photography (or Cuba) other than that I thought it was cool. To return as a 27-year-old getting paid to photograph in Cuba and teach 17-year-olds about photography felt surreal and inspiring at the same time. It sort of felt like living out a real life version of a favorite childhood book of mine, Oh, The Places You’ll Go. 

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