Friday, September 20, 2019

Kathy Hofmann Project - Day One - Serendipity

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Day One - Serendipity

It was the first morning of collaborating in a project with local artist Kathy Hofmann. A landscape artist of the Hudson River School. I have known and respected her and her work since moving here to the Driftless a few years ago. On my way to pick her up to begin exploring the countryside I became very distracted by the roadside view. So much so that it was many miles later that I realized that I had missed my turn down the road to her family's Homestead. The aim was for her to guide me to the places in the landscape that she's been studying for her next pieces, and also looking for new settings. Fortunately it's the very area I spent a few weeks exploring this past July. Talk about timing! Anyway, I think we drove less than mile back the way I had just passed. Without any prompting from me, she chose the very landscape that had caused me to miss her road! I knew right then that this was going to be an amazing photo essay that is intended to span over the the next few months.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Arrival of His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche

His Eminence the Seventh Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche arrives at Deer Park Buddhist Center & Monastery just south of Madison, WI. I'm very honored to have been asked by the Sherab to capture this auspicious visit. Each time that I'm exposed to this compassionate community I discover aspects of myself that I wish to foster. It's difficult to explain. I'm not caught up in all the ritual or trappings, but I do seem to constantly discover clues that point towards personal insight. Simple random things that I experience while there change me in very profound ways. All I know is, I feel so comfortable. I can just be completely me, and I mean all aspects of my internally perceived "self."

Arrival of His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wisconsin for the Win!!

I'm very proud to announce that it was a most successful trip to the 2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions. I traveled South to Chattanooga with a band of skilled and dedicated warriors. Our leader on this raid for the win was legendary prairie pugilist Andrea Nelson. For months I have spent time both photographing and training under this amazing Coach. Her craftsmanship at honing the best from athlete Briana Hendricks Che has been a thing to behold. her team fielded five boxers in all. Three of them made it the Semi-finals and one made it to the Finals, which she soundly and skillfully won. It was a display of precise boxing technique combined with athletic physical prowess. Not only was it a personal win for them both but it was also a Victory set within a much larger historical context. This win's significance goes way beyond the confines of the ring.

2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions

So many Firsts. The First National win for Wisconsin in 12 years. The First female boxer to win from Wisconsin. The First female Head Coach & franchise President. The First year of this newly re-minted Wisconsin Golden Gloves franchise. The First win for the new franchise. My First time being invited up onto the apron.

2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions

I'm telling you! I think I'm dreaming. I must be. As to how I got THE shot.

2019 National Golden Gloves - Tournament of Champions

After days of just shooting the team's bouts from UNDER the ropes I was approached by the parenting Golden Gloves of America organization. It was Friday Night and I was working my butt off covering our boxers when I was invited to cover more of the main event the next night. I was offered to not only get onto the apron of the ring, but up onto the main judges stage. It's like I too had my bouts, made it through the qualifiers, killed it during the Semi's, and then took the Championship at the end. I got the shot I needed. I'm so fortunate to have been folded into such am amazing band of warriors.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Teammates Clash

WI Golden Gloves State Tournament - 2019

It's a fairly even exchange of blows during the final bout of the 2019 Wisconsin Golden Gloves Tournament. Two skilled athletes, having already made the state team, clashed. Neither Luis Alvarado (red trunks) or Demetrius Reed (white trunks) gave an inch to the other. Head Team Coach, and President Andrea Nelson of the Wisconsin Golden Gloves, was in the corner for one of the fighters. When it became apparent that they could dish it out as good as they got she quickly threw in the towel, ending the fight. There was just too much risk of injury, and a potential medical suspension just wasn't worth it.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Warming Up

Warming Up

Coach Andrea Nelson from Ford's Gym coaches fighter Marcus Robert Johnson as he warms up before his victorious match in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At first I stood a lot closer to them as they worked together. Something told me to move further back.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Birth of a Raven

Birth of a Raven

I happened into Center Ground yesterday after I was done with another photo shoot elsewhere. I slipped into the studio and captured a few frames of John creating a new piece. It's an amazing window/lintel piece for a private home. He was creating the ravens that adorn it while I was there. What a fun coincidence to happen upon.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

No Short Cuts

No Short Cuts

The road to greatness is paved with hard work and dedication. You can't pretend your way to the top. It can't be bought. You have to earn it through your own sweat. This is for the Golden Gloves!

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