My love for photography began in junior high school, starting with a plastic Kodak film camera, as a means to meet people and start new friendships. I dreamed that the art of photography would be my life’s work.
At first self-taught, my skills advanced further by taking photography, writing, and journalism-related courses and workshops. Course work led to an internship at the Associated Press under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Roberto Borea. My experiences strengthened over time as I gained opportunities to learn my own style, composition, and how light affected a photograph. I enjoy looking at the images in photo books by photographers like Gordon Parks, Mary Ellen Mark, W. Eugene Smith, Roy DeCarava, and Henri Cartier Bresson, whose black and white images hooked me and gave me a course to follow.
My photography experiences include Black Star Picture Agency, Associated Press photo intern, chief photographer both at Marquette University’s Tribune and the Milwaukee Public Museum, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Shepherd Express, and national publications like Downbeat, Ebony, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and Life magazine. I was also a US Navy photographer.