A passion for sports photography
I started my professional life working on television sports productions in the Washington D.C. area and then the midwest. But it is pretty hard to hang a video on the wall so I changed sides to print journalism in college. Division I colleges field a wide variety of teams, but football, basketball, soccer, and the Little 500 bicycle race at Indiana University (made famous by the movie Breaking Away) supported investments in the special equipment needed to cover sports. For 12 years I was a regular contributor to the AP NewsWire and a variety of local, regional, and national publications.
The decline of the business of daily journalism has limited my assignment work since I moved to New York City, but I jump at the opportunities when they come up. Sports are a big part of pre-college experiences too and it is fun to have the equipment to make photos that you can't make with a smart phone. Sports build community and great sports photographs raise the bar. Whether it is professional style trading cards for a youth baseball league, the first (and maybe the only) college athletics yearbook, or great images for schools and families, sports is one of my areas of expertise.
For more than 35 years I have covered Indiana football at home and away. The drive to Penn State is worth it to experience the buzz in Happy Valley.
Sports Around the East Coast
Opportunities to cover college sports have been curtailed as newspapers close or restrict spending. Rutgers joining the BigTen has helped, and Penn State isn't too far away. I've also covered games in Washington and in Boston since it is easy to get around.
Sports from Indiana
I started covering Indiana University more than 40 years ago. Initially for television but eventually as a photographer. My time as a staff photographer/editor at the Indiana Daily Student took me to nearly every Big Ten campus and to NCAA tournaments. I was a regular contributor to the Associated Press photo service for a dozen years, and I published The Crimson Review, an annual photo review from 1994-1997. I rounded out my time as the photographer for Inside Indiana until I completed graduate school and moved to New York.