Month: March 2014

Throwback Thursday

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I see the Throwback Thursday posts on Facebook and Twitter and thought I would try one of my own.  This was my first ever photo published in a national magazine.  It appeared in the June 1993 issue of Open Wheel magazine.  It hit the newsstands in May while I was still in college at Western Illinois.  At the time I didn’t know that much about sprint car racing but my friend Shawn Sullivan was there to teach me everything I needed to know.  It amazes me to think about how much different this process was compared to digital photography of today.  I took this photo on black and white film which I developed and printed myself in smelly chemicals.  I then snail-mailed 8×10 prints off to the magazine where they were stored until one fit their needs.  Now you can have a photo on the internet within seconds of taking it.

Let me know what you think of Throwback Thursday.  Should I do more of them?

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Funky Munky Wrestling

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Mason Beck gets the win over “American Voodoo” Mojo McQueen

Last night I photographed Funky Munky Wrestling at the Latin American Social Club in Sterling, IL.  It was my first time shooting pro wrestling and I found it quite difficult.  In most sports I know where to position myself for certain types of action.  Basketball players are going to head toward the basket, batters in baseball have an actual box outlined in the dirt where they are going to stand and football players move in a general direction toward the goal but wrestling is totally unpredictable.  I constantly felt like I was in the wrong position but as soon as I would move, the action would change and I would wish I was back where I started.  On the occasions when I was in the right spot the images were great.  I’m looking forward to doing this again.

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Mojo McQueen uses a voodoo doll on Mason Beck

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Judd the Janitor takes Tyler Priegel for a ride.

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Bucky Collins interacts with the fans before his match.

Augustana Brochure

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I sold an eagle photo to Augustana College for use in a sixteen page booklet promoting the school.  They knew they wanted to include a bald eagle and did a simple Google search and found my photos.  It’s pretty cool when photo buyers come to you!  What makes the story even more interesting is that my youngest brother, Kurt used to work at Augustana in the graphic design department.  When his former co-workers found my photos they put two and two together and realized we were brothers.  It’s a small world after all.

And speaking of Kurt, you should check out the work he did on Augie’s logo during his time there.  If you haven’t seen my eagle photos I have several on Behance.

Basketball Tournament

Photographing the bald eagles this winter really made me realize how much I love photographing action.  I’m not that great at setting up a shot and controlling every aspect of the photo like you would do with a still life or even a portrait.   I like being in a place where there is action and reacting to it.  I’ve gotten away from that sort of thing over the past few years and it’s time to get back to it.

A friend of mine from Sterling mentioned that he was coaching a team in a tournament here in Morrison so I went over to check it out.

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