Crash Site • 6.7 Miles North of Clear Lake, IA

_Buddy_Holly_Crash_Site_0001 _Buddy_Holly_Crash_Site_0002 _Buddy_Holly_Crash_Site_0003 _Buddy_Holly_Crash_Site_0004For the past twenty seven years I have been wearing some form of glasses that resemble those worn by Buddy Holly. He is one of my greatest loves in music. My wife and I were in Mason City, IA staying at the Frank Lloyd Wright Park Inn Hotel and I discovered through browsing a tourist brochure that the crash site where Buddy (along with Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and the pilot) perished was only ten miles away. I met a few people when I first arrived at the marker but spent the half mile walk to the site alone. It was an incredibly profound and beautiful moment to be there and pay my respects. The crash site was along a fence row. If the plane had crashed in the middle of a field who knows if the site would have been preserved? As opposed to a cemetery plot, a crash site, even several decades later is incredibly powerful. Rest in peace.

Cahokia, Jackson Park, Riverside and Berwyn, IL

The four images below will be included in the upcoming exhibit Genius Loci: Learning from Nature’s Muse, an exhibition sponsored by the Friends of Ryerson Woods (FRW) and curated by Franck Mercurio, independent arts consultant, curator, and writer. The exhibition opens Sunday, July 8, 2012 and closes Friday, August 31, 2012. The venue is Brushwood, a historic home located on the property of the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area (a.k.a. Ryerson Woods) near Deerfield, Illinois. Click here for more information.

Gene and Alexandra

I ran into Gene on a recent trip through the neighborhood. He stopped to ask me why I was photographing a yellow moving truck. I didn't have a good answer, but he did invite me over to hang out with him and his wife Alexandra. This impromptu portrait session followed.