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. Flint, Mich.Camera: Canon 6D…

Surf Photography in Michigan

Surf's Up! Michigan is a funny place; if there's a way to have fun doing something—no matter the weather— it'll be done. Recreation-wise, it's a one-stop shop playground: four seasons and infinite terrain from sand dunes to woods and rivers. Water provides a host of activity potential since the state is surrounded by the Great…

A Summer Weekend in Detroit, Mich.

The Motor City Detroit is a giving city. It's given us techno, assembly lines, Motown, the auto industry, Diana Ross, Jack White, Eminem, Sheefy Mcfly and an infinite number of other artists, chefs, tradespeople and good, hardworking folk. Various lists ranking cities based on size, have placed it anywhere from 19th to 24th in the…

Voyaging: A Photo Excursion on the Tip of Michigan’s Thumb

Exploring Small Towns in the Thumb My first job as a photojournalist was at The Times Herald in Port Huron, Mich. Port Huron is located where Lake Huron meets the St. Clair River, in the southeast of Michigan. Look at the palm of your right hand and Port Huron would be at your right thumb…

Why Smartphones Are Stunning As Cameras

Dateline: Colorado...with iPhone in Hand Prior to being a freelance photographer and having two staff photographer positions, I had six internships as a photojournalist—I love internships, especially photography ones, they deliver experiences like none other. The stories told and moments witnessed—from jubilation to heart-wrenching—allowed me to meet amazing individuals from all walks of life and…

Voyaging: Kalkaska, MI—a.k.a. Trout Town, U.S.A.

A Very Quiet Town When an itch to explore a place quivers my shutter-button finger, I know it's probably because I haven't been to that place in a bit. Such was the case when I aimed my steel steed toward the village of Kalkaska, Mich, about a half hour away. As with most trips lately,…

Voyaging: Walking Through Cadillac, MI in Spring

Street Photography in Cadillac Situated in the lower eastern section of northern Michigan's Wexford County, you'll find Cadillac. It's unofficial claims probably outnumber the official ones, but I'll fill you in with what I know. In 1975, the rock band KISS performed there for the high school's homecoming, which is memorialized on a giant stone…

Voyaging: Boyne Falls, MI—Photography in Midday Sun

If you're like me, it's a commitment to venture out and make pictures. It's a commitment in time, money and resources. We do it because we love the craft and art of it...unless you have a different reason, which you could. For now though, I'm going to assume these reasons are why most individuals love…

Voyaging: Mackinaw City, MI—Crossroads in the State Made with Hands

Look at the palm of your right hand; that's Michigan, the lower peninsula. Follow your middle finger to the tip and that's where Mackinaw City is. Now, look at the palm of your left hand, that's Michigan's upper peninsula. Connect the tip of your left hand pinky finger with the tip of your right-hand middle…