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…

Voyaging: Grand Marais, MI

At a first glance, you'd think you were in a small fishing village along the East Coast. White and grey seagulls hover close as fishing boats chug into port. Vessels of all types moored in Harbor. Waves from Lake Superior lapping or crashing—depending on the minute—onto shore. These are only some of the characteristics that…

Voyaging: Traveling on U.S. 131. Away from Home

The great American road trip. Epic excursions to places far-flung and unknown. Misty mountain peaks near spacious, swathes of majestic valleys. If money was no object, these would be spectacular places to travel and photograph. Money is most definitely an object though, and the places I find myself most often are close-flung. Here's the secret:…

On Assignment: Muskegon, Mich. for The Wall Street Journal

In the springtime, I'd photographed subjects, places and people relating to the coronavirus. Those photos were self assigned, as I wanted to visually document what I could during that time. The benefits of self assigning myself that work was that I had the convenience of photographing in the town I live, there were no deadlines…

On Assignment: Feature Hunting during COVID-19

    The Traverse City Record-Eagle newspaper recently contacted me to make images to be used without a story attached. These types of photos can be called 'features', 'spec photos' and 'wild art'. There have been so many photos focused on coronavirus that the challenge was to find something that wasn't the typical photos of…