Excited that my peice "Escalation" (above, right) was chosen to run in Art Saint Louis's upcoming "Rabbithole" exhibit. The exhibit kicks-off on August 5th, 2017 and runs through September 7th. Hope you'll come see it printed largely in all of it's weird glory!
After recently completing a bit of a "dream job" project for the talented people at Randy Burkett Lighting Design, I was thrilled that the Riverfront Times wanted to run a feature on my images for the project. It would have been their Top Story of the week if a bunch of pesky cows hadn't escaped a slaughterhouse in North City, running rampant through the streets. Who can compete with that?
See the full Riverfront Times feature here
I was really excited to receive the news last night that three of my photos have been accepted to the annual SEEN Photography Exhibition. Last year was my first time both submitting and attending, and this exhibit undoubtedly has some of the most talented photographers in St. Louis as entrants. To be entirely honest I found the field greatly intimidating last year. My images will be competing in the "Water," "Black-and-White," and "Fantasy" categories...Can you guess which is in which? ;-) Please wish me luck! The exhibit can be seen at Studio Altius in Brentwood from March 10th-24th, so anyone who loves photography should definitely stop by and see some of the best our area has to offer.
Can't entirely explain why, but for some reason it's always a little extra exciting seeing my photos in printed publication. So even though it was a bit of a minor contribution, it was really cool to find a copy of the latest issue of St. Louis Magazine while out shopping with my family over the holiday break.
St. Louis has a lot of unique and quirky landmarks, and I happen to have one of them right here in my neighborhood of Dogtown. This particular image was one I captured during a gorgeous sunset. I grabbed my camera and purposely headed over for a view of the sign as the colors of the sunset were virtually the same as the sign itself.
On Wednesday, November 16th I had my first solo photo exhibition, "Perspectives of St. Louis" at the Pat Connolly Tavern in Dogtown, St. Louis. The aim of this exhibit was to show different elements of our city in a unique manner; hopefully new perspectives often overlooked.
Once again, I was humbled by the number of folks who came out (on a Wednesday!) to have a few drinks and view some St. Louis-based photography. Furthermore, it was so incredibly neat to meet many folks I had only previously known from Instagram and social media.
I want to thank Joe Jovanovich of Pat Connolly Tavern for being so open, interested, and for offering to host me. My photos will continue to be displayed in their event space.
Very excited to learn that my photography will be a part of the Official St. Louis Visitor Guide for the second straight year. I take a lot of pride in showing the best side of my hometown, and I'm so glad that others will get to see it's beauty as well.
Recently I was honored to be named as one of Fox 2's list of "10 amazing St. Louis photographers to follow on Instagram". I have to admit that I resisted Instagram for a long time; falsely believing it was only a platform only for cell phone photos spit-through cloudy one-tap filters. Plenty of the content on Instagram does fall under that category, but there are plenty of professionals and very talented semi-pro's sharing some great stuff on the app.
Since joining just over a year ago, I've found that I spend more time on Instagram than any other social media. I love admiring gorgeous photography from around the world -- and most importantly -- finding a good deal of inspiration from others. It can also be a rather powerful marketing tool, and good means of getting exposure locally and nationally. You get out what you put in, and you have to be engaging. At this time, I'd say any photographer who doesn't use the platform is selling themselves short.
Naturally I gained a great deal of new followers from the feature, and the feedback has been humbling. If you're one of my new followers, thank you so much for the support! #isellprints
A few weeks ago a friend encouraged me to submit a few photos the the Annual SEEN Photography Exhibit at Studio Altius in St. Louis. I believe I caught the deadline by literally a couple of hours. I submitted three photos and to my surprise, one was accepted. Then, to further my surprise, it won it's category!
Holy smokes, were there some talented photographers in this show. The other two I submitted were landscape photos and once I saw the rest of the field, I knew why they didn't make the cut.
So then, congratulations to my fun/silly "Rabbit hole" I entitled "City Down The Drain." If you happen to enjoy this one, you can purchase it in the form of a postcard at STL-Style on Cherokee Street, St. Louis!
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Until two weeks ago I had been a die hard St. Louis Rams fan for over 20 years. But within a day's time, I quit cold turkey.
Rumors had been swirling (justifiably) for the past few years about the possibility of the team moving, so once the announcement came down, it was far from out of the blue. However, it was still a fairly large shock to the system once you finally see the ESPN alerts and the headlines in print. There was a good deal of misdirection over the course of the past year, and even more so over the past several weeks. The local Stadium Task Force had made leaps and bounds and secured the public financing needed to present a viable stadium plan to the league. In fact, St. Louis was the only city of the three in question which so much as made any attempt to produce a plan to keep it's team. For a brief moment, it almost seemed as if little old St. Louis was about to win it's case against a cold and shrewd billionaire who had made it abundantly clear he intended to rip the team from the city since the day he swooped-in and bought it.
But we all got a bit carried away and forgot that in this country, big money always wins-out over hope, due diligence, and certainly over fair process.
And as the various behind-the-scenes plots and schemes became unraveled by national and local media, it became clear that all of the false hope and misdirection was itself intentional as well. The league rigged the process, trashed it's own relocation guidelines, and made certain that one of it's richest owners got his way. The NFL is a cartel, and in the end they are under no legal obligation to be "fair." And we know now that nothing the city of St. Louis did or didn't do would have prevented it from happening.
So, it was a heavy dose of insult-to-injury to a loyal fan base which supported one of the most haphazard, aimless and boring teams over the past decade. In fact, the team was not only bad, but historically bad, giving St. Louis NFL fans the worst 5 year record in NFL *history* (15-65). That's right - fifteen wins and SIXTY-FIVE LOSSES. Only four playoff appearances in 22 years. A coaching carousel of bystanders and a litany of no-name quarterbacks and forgettable wide receivers. Factor-in an owner who flat-out refused to address the media or fan base for over six years. Alienation was his full intent, and like any rational human beings many here eventually gave into it. So, it's actually a badge of honor that St. Louis Rams fans showed up at all to these painful games over the past several years, let alone filling the Dome to above 80% capacity.
So, I'm no longer a Rams fan. In fact, I'm now Kroenke's worst enemy. In the end, he didn't leave because of anything St. Louis did or didn't do. He left because he could triple the value of his franchise by heading for Plastic California.
And that's just business - I get that.
But as a native Missourian himself, if he'd had any soul perhaps he wouldn't have been plotting to move since Day 1. Perhaps he might have held some value in the team, the fans, or the city enough to do right by it. To allow a fair process. But that was never so much as a glimmer in the eye of a man who clearly values only money and status. Anything aside from than those things is just some annoying "noise" which someone such as him wants to swat-away like a fruit fly.
St. Louis was just named "The Best Sports City in America" a year ago. It's widely regarded as the best baseball town in the world, drawing attendance numbers from a much smaller population as high as the Yankees draw in New York City. The St. Louis Blues hockey team has never won a Stanley Cup, yet fans fill the stadium year after year.
The only thing fans in St. Louis want to see is a will to win, and some small sign of any will to connect with them. It was only Kroenke who failed to do either. His other two professional franchises (The Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche) have also floundered for years on end, and are both 20th or worse in fan attendance their respective leagues.
If there is such thing as an owner who is a cancer to his franchises, Stan Kroenke is clearly it.
So good riddance, Mr. Kroneke. If St. Louis isn't good enough for you, you sure as hell aren't good enough for us any how.