I was born and raised in Chicago Illinois, I’ve have always been a storyteller of sorts, Whether it was playing and writing music, having my sketch pad with me all the time, I was ready when inspiration hit me.
I've been a part of the music scene as far back as the late Seventies; working for Galgano Records, one of the largest music distributors in the Midwest. first as a summer job after school, then much later in life as Sales Rep as an adult.
I created a comic book series called “Sid Somebody” for my own publication, F.U.S.H (Falling Up Stairs Haphazardly) Comix, while attending Columbia college where I studied graphic art, the character I named Sid would soon appear in a few Indie and Underground music magazines, such as Progressive alternatives, a monthly underground music zine in Chicago. Now I was a published underground cartoonist. In fact the cartoon character that embodies this website, is Sid.
I drifted towards photography in 1991, as another means of storytelling and staying creative. I bought a buddies old Pentax Z10 with 3 lenses for a few hundred dollars, and with a ton of hits and misses accompanied by many rolls of film, I started to get good.
In 1994, to appease my hunger for more knowledge in photography, I ventured into studio lighting and portraiture, my two mentors were the late Art Ketchum and Ronald Anthony. Soon after I began working for a local photo lab, LaSalle Photo located in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago; Later to be sold to Kodak in the late Nineties. I met and became friends with many influential photographers that would drop off their film for processing; the legendary Marc Hauser, Stan Malinowski and the late Art Ketchum, all played a part in my persistence to learn more.
While attending the Chicago blues festival that same year, I had the honor of meeting and chatting with the legendary photographer, Paul Natkin. He advised me to shoot everything, no matter the genre or the subject and the following year I did just that. I left my comfort zone and shot my first street festival, the band Big Audio Dynamite were performing that day, featuring Mick Jones (founding member of the Clash). From that day, I decided to pursue concert photography, combining both my love for music and photography.
The summer of 1995, Alligator records photographer Eugene Kimmons rolled the dice and took me under his wing to shoot the chicago blues festival. The excitement of being in the pit for the first time was made more memorable when I met the one and only Paul Natkin once again, while shooting the legendary blues great, Luther Allison. Those images I shot from the festival helped land me the job as Event Photographer for US99 country radio(WUSN), opening a whole new world for me as a creative;
Many shutter clicks later, you can find me in the small town of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia where I currently reside. Though I am no longer shooting large events,I am now making the time on a series of medium format images for some personal projects I'd had on the back burners for way to long,