Queen City Discovery

5 years, 7 months ago Projects 0

Queen City Discovery was created by Ronny Salerno as a platform for urban exploration and documenting what makes Cincinnati and the Midwest special. I joined the effort in 2013 and have taken on several projects with Salerno, including documenting the abandoned Comair terminal at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. (more…)

The Women of Hip Hop

7 years, 2 months ago Projects 1


“As a journalist and Hip Hop supporter, I always wanted to include more female perspectives in my writing, but finding a good mix of voices was always challenging. I discovered I only knew of a handful of women in the scene.

But during the last few years, as I’ve been getting out and networking with women at shows, I’ve discovered why Cincinnati’s Hip Hop community as a whole continues to be isolated. It’s a complicated mix of sub-communities that only intersects because of certain key people, and, not surprisingly, the connectors are women.” -Mildred C. Fallen from the CityBeat article, “Where My Ladies At,” publish in 2012.

I had the opportunity to meet and photograph most of the women featured in this story. This is the portrait series that resulted. The story I linked to above is one of my favorite music stories from CityBeat. (more…)

Grey Collar Jobs

7 years, 2 months ago Projects 0

Ann Bain runs a calligraphy business from her home in Carlisle. One of her specialities is Quaker-style marriage certificates featuring intricate lettering and classic watercolor scenes. Decorative writing dates back thousands of years, but Western calligraphy traditions took root in the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.

This story was originally published in CityBeat, you can visit their site to read the story, too.

Keeping your money right is harder now than it’s been for over half a century. In these tough economic times, people are always on the look out for new, innovative ways to make a living. But there are some among us who have decided to stop looking on Craigslist and instead find careers in the past.

Either by choice or by chance, these Cincinnatians are leading successful careers in jobs that even our Depression-era grandparents would have thought were old-timey. In the age of the digital revolution and constant market flux, it’s reassuring to know that some jobs endure and remain fun, fulfilling and creative.

These are also the faces of those who took a different route, carving out their own niche in the world. In these professions, the downsizing took place years and, in some cases, centuries ago.


Raising Autism

7 years, 2 months ago Projects 0

The rates at autism diagnoses in the United States have risen dramatically in the last 10 years. With the help of JournalNews reporter Linda Ebbing, I followed three children from Filmore Elementary over the course of a week.

Through visiting with them at school and at home, I hoped to show what educators and parents do to help childrem with autism grow and develop, and also to show what early intervention and inclusion programs do to improve the welfare of these three children. (more…)

Lianna’s Voice

7 years, 2 months ago Projects 1

Utawna Leap often recites the words of Mahatma Ghandi. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Her daughter, Lianna Bryant, has cerebral palsy. By becoming active in the Butler County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, visiting college classes with Lianna, joining the Family Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and helping to improve special education in Butler County, Utawna is out to make some big changes. (more…)

Vent Haven: Ventriloquism Museum

7 years, 2 months ago Projects 0

The nation’s largest ventriloquism museum is located in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky just south of Cincinnati.

Wiener Dog Races

7 years, 2 months ago Projects 0

This fun video was made during the Annual Running of the Dachshunds at the River Downs horse track in Cincinnati.

Zach Rawe: Portrait of Sculpture

7 years, 2 months ago Projects 0

Artist Zach Rawe speaks about his work as we follow him through the process of preparing for his solo show at U-Turn.