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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


In the past month, I found my photographs appear in two of the most unlikely places. I have thousands of images in the archive of the University of South Florida so I  shouldn't have been surprised when I walked into the USF Clinic and noticed two of my football images above the exam table. My doctor is one of the team doctors so sports imagery on the walls must've been an obvious decorating decision. The med students were still a bit surprised when I said, "I took those."

The second image appeared on a cake from a celebration of life service for my sailing buddy Warwick Cahill. He passed away recently after a bout with cancer and I was honored that the family used my portraits of him at the service and on the cake (decorators can now actually print imagery on the cake icing).

Here's the back story. After a few emails that I'm sure he found annoying, I was able to convince Warwick that he needed to sit for an environmental portrait aboard his sailing yacht Providence. When I told him that I would bring a bottle of wine and we could have a libation to ease him into it, he heartily agreed. He was less enthusiastic when I showed up with a navy captain hat that I insisted he wear.

Once on camera, Warwick was a true professional and he gave me several great looks as we raced against the fading daylight that warmed the background. We finished the evening with a nice glass of wine on the deck and my assistant Aimee and I were rapt listeners as he told sailing stories and tales of his work as a pilot captain in Tampa Bay.

Warwick's image will remain as a tribute on my web site here. Sail on Captain Cahill. You will be missed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


The story of the Chicago Cubs and the goat curse is one of baseball's most infamous tales of misery, woe and dashed dreams. Allegedly it began during the '45 World Series when William "Billy Goat" Sianis attempted to bring his goat Murphy into Game 4. The pair gained entry but were eventually ejected due to the malodorous goat and Sianis cast a hex over the Cubs, one that has accounted for their misfortune and now longest streak without a championship team.

Sianis had the "Billy Goat" nickname long before the ejection at Wrigley. He had owned the Lincoln Tavern since 1934 and one day a goat fell off a truck and wandered into the establishment. The goat was adopted by Sianis and he then took on the "Billy Goat" mantle and renamed the bar, a name that stayed with it even after the relocation in 1964 to its current below-street spot in downtown Chicago.

Immortalized behind the liquor shelves of the bar are mid-century photographs of famous (or infamous) bar owner congratulating pageant winners including Miss Greece. I made this picture in June of 2007 during a break in a Nikon-sponsored shoot out as part of the University Photographers of America Association's annual symposium. I was drawn to the tavern because of their world famous Cheezeborgers, the ones that John Belushi, Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd popularized on SNL. It didn't disappoint and now the tavern is a pilgrimage spot for me every time I hit the windy city.

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