Archival Digital Print
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This image is a part of a series of nighttime images that I shot in 2007. I wanted to push the limits of my camera in the dark. I shot neon lights, streetlights and finally fire. The image presented in Night Moves is of a young man who practices fire dancing as an art. This image was of particular interest because when I saw it for the first time, I noticed that the smoke above his shoulder looked like an angel. It was quite remarkable. I came to the conclusion that this angel watches over him as he pursues his dangerous passion.
I was born in Chicago, IL the year after Kennedy died. My earliest memory of my passion for photography was when I was 12 attending a lecture by famous fashion photographer Victor Skrebneski at the Chicago Public Library. I didn’t have a pen to get an autograph, so I handed him my camera and asked him to take my picture. He complied. The result: I, have an original portrait of my self by Victor Skrebneski. My father gave me my very first camera. It is a Canon F-1. It still is my favorite camera. I shoot with both film and digital cameras, often at the same time. I am very interested in comparing the qualities of film vs. digital. I am also very interested at comparing the same image in both B&W and color.I studied photography at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and The Art Institute of Chicago. I earned my Master’s Degree in teaching at Portland State University. My studio is in the Mississippi Arts District of Portland, Oregon.
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