1958 • Born in Peoria, Illinois
1973 • Used a single-lens reflex camera for the first time while in New Mexico with the Boy Scouts
1980 • Bachelor of Art, Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University (SIU)
1979-80, 1985-88 • Photography Lab Supervisor, Philmont, Cimarron, New Mexico
1980 • The Observer, Peoria, photojournalist
1983 • Master of Fine Art, Printmaking,
School of Art, SIU
1984 • Location Photo, Reno, Nevada,
1985 • Instructor, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois, taught photography
1986 • Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Winter program residency
1987 • Instructor, Lincoln College, Dwight Correctional Center, taught photography and art
1988 • Santa Fe, New Mexico, Camera and Darkroom retail and free-lance photography
1989 • Assistant Professor, Wichita State University, Kansas, taught photography
1990-1997 • Assistant Professor, Cinema and Photography, SIU, taught photography
1997-2009 • Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography, SIU. Department Chair, 1997-2000
2010-present • Professor, Cinema and Photography, SIU
I am an educator and photographer who resides in Murphysboro, Illinois. I have taught photography at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale since 1990. I have traveled and photographed in various locations throughout the United States. In addition I have photographed in Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Czech Republic, France and the United Kingdom. I have had the chance to live and work for a month of each year in Scotland since 2000, primarily in Arbroath. I have shown my photographs in the USA and abroad. I still do occasional editorial and commercial assignments, but lately I have been concentrating on specific long-term projects. I have co-authored two books, A River Through Illinois (2008) with Gary Marx and Artificial Light for Photography (2009) with Joy McKenzie.
Professors Charles Swedlund and Dave Gilmore taught me to appreciate the possibilities and curiosities to be found in different aspects of photography. In addition to those substantive influences, my students continue to enlighten me with new ways to create photographs. The featured photographs in the different website collections were created with a range of equipment and materials. The technical details are sometimes of interest to photographers and students who view the work.
Cameras include: Hasselblad ArcBody with 35mm lens, Hasselblad SWC/M, Hasselblad Xpan, Hasselblad EL/X with 50mm, 60mm, 120mm and 180mm lenses, and a Deardorff V8 with 120mm Nikkor, 250mm Fujinon and 450mm Fujinon lenses. Dave Gilmore was kind enough to loan me his Roundshot 220 with a Nikkor 35mm PC lens for the 360-degree images.
All the photographs were made with film. The square images were created on 120 Kodak Portra 160/400 VC and Ilford FP 4 and Pan F films. Ilford Delta 3200, Kodak Plus-X, Fuji Superia and Ilford Pan F types were used in the Xpan. Kodak TXP 8x10 sheet film was used in the V8. I processed the black and white films in PMK, D-76V, BW-44, FX-37 and Rodinal.