Buddy Holly Crash Site

Clear Lake, Iowa. Shot for Texas Monthly.

Best part of this assignment was getting a phone call from Dion Dimucci, one of the musicians who survived the Winter Dance Party tour of 1959.

Dion was scheduled to be on the plane, but gave up his seat to Ritchie Valens at the last minute. He told me that when he saw my photo of the crash site, it was the first time he felt the scene had been captured with respect to the dead, and he asked if he could include my photograph in his upcoming submission to the Rocknroll Hall of Fame.

Deportation Court

The Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building is a brutalist structure rising up from the edge of an air force base one the edge of Minneapolis. The place is completely off-limits.

Immigration Court, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, Bloomington, Minnesota

The last time I pulled out a camera in that neighborhood, I was surrounded by armed soldiers responding to a 911 call from a passing motorist, reporting the suspicious behavior of a man with a camera.

Even though I was just doing my job, I had to be super careful to make this photo without being arrested, harassed, or worse.

Photo and news story published here and here.

Shadow Selfie

Surprised and excited to walk into the doctor’s office and finally see the 12-page hiking story that I shot last Fall… especially the full-page opener, which is my own shadow, impersonating the shape of a hiker.

It wasn’t easy hiding the camera — or shooting with my left hand, as the other hikers looked on in disbelief at my selfie-induced frenzy. Thanks MSP for the sweet assignment. Worth the wait!