My career was kickstarted back with the help of the Chicago Reader. For those of you who don’t know the ways of Chicago, the Chicago Reader is the most bad-ass weekly politics and entertainment rag in these parts, and it’s free. They celebrated their 40 year anniversary with a party at Chicago Urban Arts Society and asked me to show work I’ve shot for the them over the years.
When I was just a wee shutterbug in Wicker Park, I started shooting weirdos for the Reader. After the first documentary assignment, they never gave me documentary again. They liked my work but knew I was too much the control freak to let things play out without having some directorial say in the matter.
For the party, I showed pictures of R&B Legend Syl Johnson kicking back in his house, a black cyber dominatrix in white hot suit and some female mud wrestlers tackling each other.
The party was a riot and ended with a mad dance party DJ’d by the equally bad-ass, Flosstrsdamus!