Monthly Archives: January 2012

Life is a trip

You never know what tomorrow will bring.  You just have to decide what you what to do and what you want out of life and do all that you can to get it.  This morning as I rode the way overcrowded (im talking sardines) CTA 26 bus to work, I was thinking out this.  I was thinking about how all too often we find ourselves feeling trapped and simply just going through the motions of life day to day.  I am not sure about you but that is not the type of existence I planned for and it is not something I wish upon others.

Then as the bus was pulling up to the first stop downtown a young woman that I see regularly fell over and grabbed onto another rider as she went down.  She was sweating profusely and it seemed like she was having a seizure.  As the bus cleared out due riders getting off at the stop, more and more people noticed what was going on and there was genuine concern.  The driver then stopped the bus and an ambulance was called. Once I saw that she had more than enough assistance all I could do was be on my way.

Walking down South Michigan Ave, I hoped that I would see her tomorrow morning and everything  would be ok.  I thought about how I was going to be late to work and how I didn’t particularly care that much.  I looked at the cold morning Chicago skyline and the masses of people franticly navigating the streets and I thought about what  dope pictures I could capture if I had my camera on hand.  I thought about what would be a good shutter speed to freeze the speeding cabs and commuters on the frigid morning.  I thought about what if that ridiculously overcrowded bus was to hit a icey spot on the road.

Life is a trip. You never know what you’re gonna get.  Take a trip.  See the world. Let the sun warm your skin.  Help people. Don’t forget your dreams. Follow them. They might just take you somewhere breathtaking that you have never been..



Valley of Fire

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on my way..

So as I begin this journey into the world of semi pro photography, I can’t help bet to think about how I got to this point.

Since this is my blog and I can basically say what ever I like, I will quickly talk about my creative side.

I would look in awe at the great landscapes of Ansel Adams and I wanted to be able to capture the beauty of the world around me and share it with others.  I really wanted a digital camera because I was beginning to notice that film would be a thing of the past in the coming years.

image from icstars stakeholders event 1/16/12


I got my 1st digital camera as a Christmas gift from my mother in 2003.  It was a FugiFilm FinePix 2.o mp photographic beast.  I loved my little camera and captured hundreds of images of my hometown of Robbins, Il.  It wasn’t full of breathtaking landscapes, but it was a great place to capture images of both hope and despair.

Not long after that I began working with digital and graphic design.  I took some classes to learn more about photoshop, illastrator, and video editing. Of course I stepped my camera game up. I ran a successful t-shirt business (Kool Joe Kustoms) for quite some time while also working as an event photographer.

I have made hundreds of shirts and taken thousands of photos.  Now in 2012, I am going to take it to the next level.  I have a new DSLR, a mastery of social media, and a eagerness to build something that brings joy to myself and others.




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