I started my career as a photographer at the age of 17. I began working out of high school as a photojournalist for the Northwest Indiana Times. It was a newspaper in my hometown of Munster, Indiana in which I could see from my childhood bedroom’s window.
I choose photography because I believe the camera is a passport into other people’s lives. It is a small black metal box that allows me to express in images what I can’t express as an extremely shy person verbally. It’s a mistress for sure, and at times it consumes me. I love to photograph friends and strangers alike. In the end, there are family birthday parties, the neighborhood block party, Halloween costumes in bars I’ve never been to before, and people on the street who walk in and out of my life like living ghosts.