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Sam, Cville’s very own bike man

One thing I’m sure of, photography has taught me to see. To look around. Even in the smallest of towns. Through seeing I found that there are so many interesting people to be photographed. So many people with stories to be told.

Many of you have seen him. He’s the guy riding around town on a bicycle with the impressive handle bars. Sometimes he’s in camo, sometimes simply a flannel and converse shoes, but always wearing a mustache. He’s actually twitter famous (@CvilleBikeMan), but that’s besides the point. I’ve been determined to photograph him for months and as fate would have it I got my chance this past weekend.  I rolled up to my studio downtown and he was walking out of one of the local eateries gearing up to take off on his famous bike. I introduced myself and thankfully he didn’t find it creepy when I told him to follow me to an alley to do these photos. We talked for a second. I told him to stop by the studio if he saw my door open and that I would give him some prints. Today, he did just that.

It turns out the Crawfordsville bike man has a name, Sam. He was knowledgeable, a bit of a rebel and not a person to conform to society and how it tells us to define ourselves. He said he has his driver’s license, but prefers to ride his bike for exercise. He talked politics, which I wasn’t all that surprised about. He has two bikes and is looking into a third, sometimes he uses the horn on them. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want him to stop by again.

In the end, if you take anything from this post it should be this. Take a look around. See people. We actually are all very different from one another and there are so many stories to be told. Find the rebels in the crowd, those not afraid to be who they are or are deciding for themselves who they want to be. Be inspired by Sam.


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Journey, Indianapolis Public Library

It’s amazing where life will take you, the paths you will take and the people you will meet. About three years ago I met Katie in a small coffee shop in Indy. I don’t drink coffee and she walked in with a purse that was shaped like a boom box that literally played music. She’s been teaching me the world of photography ever since. Most importantly the idea of telling stories through photography.

Recently she was approached by the Indianapolis Public Library about doing a large-scale photo installation focusing on the journey of immigrants, migrants and refugees in Indianapolis. She allowed me to assist. Watching and listening to someone tell their story is so emotionally moving, that I often take time to reflect on their stories during my drives home. I am reminded every time I am involved with a project like this, just how much of my personal happiness comes from the interaction I have with such inspiring people. Each drive home I am reminded of just how honored I feel to get the opportunity to photograph each and every one of them.


Maninder, India

Courtney and I had one day to get in 5 interviews for this project. It was close to noon and we were driving to our second interview. Hungry. Little did we know Maninder and his wife had not only invited us into their beautiful home for the interview, but they had also prepared a HUGE lunch. It was perfect.


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Paulo, Brazil

Paulo traveled from Brazil to Indianapolis for his love of music. He also met Madonna once, so therefore he’s basically famous because he met her and now that I’ve met him I’m kind of famous too. His positive attitude during his transition from Brazil to Indy is inspiring. Did I mention I got to hear him play the piano and he’s amazing?

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Faces of MUFFY

I first became aware of MUFFY a few months back when I was given the opportunity to photograph a slow pitch softball game between the Montgomery County Fire Fighters vs. the Crawfordsville Police Department. The game had one idea at heart and that was to raise funds for The Montgomery United Fund For You, MUFFY.

Now, I had heard of MUFFY before, but never quite understood the magnitude of the generosity it contributed to my community. It wasn’t until I was assigned to cover the slow pitch game that I really started to understand the affect MUFFY had on people all around the county.

So then, after being inspired by what they do, the ideas and planning for a personal project involving MUFFY and HUGE photographs was born. Inspired by the Inside Out Project I wanted to stay true to their concept of pasting large-scale photographs to the outside of a building, putting on full display the things we care about in our community. We got permission to use a building in the heart of downtown Crawfordsville and MUFFY was on board and willing to get the word out about the project in order to find volunteers that didn’t mind getting their photo taken. We set out a goal of eight photographs, we got 24. It was amazing. We asked anyone to volunteer that was a part of or affected by the organization. My idea was to create huge ginormous images that gave MUFFY an identity, that displayed the people behind the scene in every aspect. Board members, people who ran partner agencies or volunteered for the agencies, people affected by the kindness of those agencies, as well as, people who donate their time to make MUFFY happen were all photographed.

24 photographs meant that we could do two sides of the building we were donated and could go up two stories high. Wabash College was kind enough to let us borrow a lift and my family put in some serious work to get the photos up and stuck. We had a month to pull this off. We hoped the installation would be ready for Downtown Party Night, which meant our downtown streets would be flooded with people shopping locally and people wanting to catch a glimpse of the lighting of the Christmas tree. It would be our best chance of getting a huge crowd to view the photographs and to get people asking questions about who these people are, which led to answers, which led to awareness of who MUFFY is as a whole. We pulled it off.

Through the kindness of Scott Bachrach who printed the large-scale photographs and flyers, the MUFFY volunteers and workers, Wabash College, the people who inspired the project, those photographed and my family, we succeeded in spreading awareness of MUFFY. Thank you to all who participated and made this personal project come to life.

Now view the awesomeness for yourself below!


The 24 participants.


The stack of 36″x53″ photos. They were HUGE!


One of the flyers we passed out all around the county.


Making things happen! Risty, my brother, up in the lift Wabash College let us borrow.


It took us 2 days to get all 24 photos up and stuck, not bad at all.


The progress of the bottom of one side of the Elston Building.


The front of the Elston Buidling. The photos stayed up during rain, snow, freezing temperatures and it was amazing.


We made the paper! The Paper of Montgomery County put us on the front page!

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