Broken Packard

The Packard Auto Plant opened in 1903 as among the largest and most modern manufacturing plant in the world. An estimated 3.5 million square feet hummed with industry, as the now-storied American autoworker assembled the elegant cars, known for their beauty and engineering. The plant was shuttered in 1956 and became a place for graffiti artists, rave parties, metal scavenging thieves, the homeless and urban exploring photographers.  This is an iPhone shot.

dog-faced fruit bat

Native to Southeast Asia, this guy calls Michigan home thanks to the Organization For Bat Conversation at Cranbrook Institute. He didn’t seem to mind posing for me!

San Francisco

In April 2013, I took a week-long photo expedition with the purpose of creating some unique images and learning some new techniques.  I started in San Francisco where I allowed myself two days to attempt to interpret the city from a different perspective which proved difficult for a city so often photographed.  Then I drove down to Monterey where I met up with two experts in the craft. Immense thanks to Michael and David for passing on the knowledge that has landed them on the pages of National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and others.  I came home with some new tricks up my sleeve (or in my gear bag).  Together and alone, we explored Big Sur and the California Coastline.  It was such an incredible trip filled with steep granite cliffs, surging ocean, centuries-old architecture and charming seaside villages. Along with the dense noisy streets of San Francisco and its unique neighborhoods, I was able to create a portfolio I’m proud of.

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The buzz of insects is the only noise you hear on the grounds of the Carmelite Monastery in Carmel, California. The nuns maintain a complete vow of silence, a tradition since coming from Mount Carmel in the Holy Land to the California shores in 1602.  But they were nice enough to let me photograph their beautiful gardens and even peek into their solemn monastery.

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, California April 2013 – Click here to see the entire collection.

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superheroes vs. pedestrian

The Mission District is a colorful and seedy neighborhood in San Francisco. A nice mix of homeless, punk rockers, Mexican gang members and Guatemalan grandmothers. Faith No More, Beck and Primus came from this neighborhood as well as many influential street artists whose outstanding graffiti and murals polka dot the walls like a large outdoor gallery. All three Banksys I was hunting had been white-washed but I found plenty of other inspiring art to photograph.

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, California April 2013 – Click here to see the entire collection.

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