Street Photography

Voyaging: Houghton, Michigan

To drive into Houghton, Michigan—a small college (Michigan Technological University) town in Michigan’s upper peninsula (U.P.)—is to be welcomed by a tidy, small-business-filled-main-street downtown. It had been years since I’d been there. It didn’t look like a lot had changed, but that’s a good thing. Change is too frequent for me and a lack of …

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Why You Should Always Carry A Camera

When I was going to school for photojournalism, the importance of constantly having an image-making device prepared to photograph was made very clear. Having a camera always ready means that whenever something happens where you’re at, you’ll be able to document it. I remember biking to class through all seasons and weather conditions, my camera …

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A National Cherry Festival 2022 Dispatch

In the middle of Michigan’s coveted and short summer season, in the state’s northwestern sector, is a city where the almighty cherry is celebrated officially for one week. The town is Traverse City and the event is the National Cherry Festival. Traverse City is my hometown so I’ve been to it a couple times. The …

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The May 2022 Gaylord, Michigan Tornado

A little more than one week ago, on Friday, May 20, 2022, an EF3 category tornado touched down in Gaylord, Michigan. It caused two fatalities, numerous injuries and widespread destruction due to the 150 mph wind speed it reached. It’s extremely rare that such a natural disaster would strike in northern Michigan. Tornadic activity has …

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A Winter Photo Walk in Cadillac, Michigan

Ansel Adams had the majestic views of Yosemite Park. Henri Cartier-Bresson had the picturesque streets of Paris. Vivian Maier had the gritty and people-filled walkways of Chicago. If you’re like me though, places like that are not nearby. I learned long ago that there are amazing photographic opportunities right in your backyard if you’re willing …

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A Photo Walk in Sand Lake, Michigan

Early springtime in Michigan is a strange season, when everything takes on the color of a brownish gray hue. It’s torture for the vivid color seeker. Photographically though, drab colors allow other colors to pop. Also, there’s an authenticity to drab colors, even if vivid colors are absent. Many photographers try to capture the best …

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Exploring Flint, Michigan: Day 1

Making Images Again in Vehicle City When someone brings up Flint, Michigan, the conversation usually revolves around the topics of lead-tainted water, low income and crime. Flint has had—and continues to have— highs and lows. But, here’s the thing about Flint: the people who live in that storied city are incredible. Most of the folks …

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3 Tips to Improve Your Everyday Photography Right Now

Tip #1: Have a Camera On You This should go without saying; but I must say it. If you don’t have any type of camera on you, something amazing WILL happen. A beautiful vista will present itself; an extinct species will be revealed; and/or the moment of a lifetime will transpire. I’m not sure why …

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The Traverse City State Hospital

Exploring an Asylum When you think of an asylum for the mentally ill, you might think of old buildings with tall, decorative spires; wide hallways with checker-board floors; and of course, the residents who spent their time there. All of this existed and continues to exist today at the former Northern Michigan Asylum, which then …

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