I was 6 years old when my father first handed me a Pentax A1000 35mm SLR. We were on a beach in Cape Cod and he was teaching me how to focus on a ship in the distance, bobbing on the horizon of the Atlantic.

Twenty two years later I still have, and shoot with, that Pentax. I’ve since upgraded and added a Sony a100 DSLR to my collection as well as adopting a Mamiya RB67 medium format portrait camera but my love of photography hasn’t changed much since the first time I saw, on paper, what I had seen through my lens.

The bulk of my work the last few years has focused on abandoned structures, specifically mental institutions and state schools. However, my collection is beginning to include more scenery, florals, and portraits. Please enjoy watching it grow!

Seeking Asylum

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  • Joined: April 2008


Back on the Bubble

I’m going to pretend that I have just discovered exponential amounts of free time in my life and start uploading my work to RedBubble again! I’ve been discouraged by work and life lately so I haven’t gotten out as much but maybe being back in a public domain will encourage me to get off my ass and do what I love best. Good to be back….
Posted about 7 years – Leave a comment

First Cease and Desist Order of My Career

Many times people ask me how I feel about the work that I do, given that so many times I have to bend over backwards to get permission to shoot the places I do. Generally I just say it’s well worth it to document buildings that someday will be gone and mostly forgotten. / Ok kids here’s the Public Service Announcement of the day: Adhere to your state’s trespassing laws. Especial…
Posted almost 8 years – 2 comments


It has taken me three years of back breaking research and massive photo trips but my book, Behind the Walls: Shadows of New England’s Asylums is finally published and up for sale! Please visit my website and order a copy. It’s 90 pages of information, interviews, and photos of some of the most beautiful asylums and state schools in New England, places that are dying out quicker than e…
Posted about 8 years – 4 comments

OVER 100!

Two of my favorite asylum photos have now, thanks to all of you, reached over 100 views. “Green Room Redux” and “Snow Bed” are now over 100. Thank you so much!!!
Posted over 8 years – 6 comments
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