About the Book
This book is a combination of both documentary and fine art photographs. The images chronicle the final days of a tannery complex, whose parent company was once the nations leading producer of cattle hides to leather manufacturers in the US and the world. Demolition work was completed during November of 2007. I had many opportunities to search the soul of this project, because its duration and because of its close proximity to my studio,.
Like many other industrial cities, Milwaukee has seen the demise of many of its industrial giants. But in recent years the city has begun to make strides in improving its economy, neighborhoods, and image, resulting in the revitalization of the city. This collection of images is a small but recent story about the final days of a tannery, which I had hardly known, in the city that I have lived in for my entire life.
My photographic journeys lead to discoveries of subject matter enhanced by natural light and interest. In this sense, visual storytelling transcends typical graphics, by using photographic and video imagery that distinguishes subject matter through composition, color or lack of color, focus and interest. The resulting images not only document, but also to arouse a viewer's senses, emotion and intellect. Subject matter includes fine art landscape, waterscapes, street, and documentary photography. My primary cameras include a Sony a6000 DSLR; and a Nikon Coolpix P&S is used for convenience with expedition work. Images are primarily edited and enhanced in Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 and Macphun Luminar 2018. From time to time I will use an iPhone 8 Plus or iPad, typically when this suits me. These images may also be edited with iPad apps. Previous works were taken with a Canon 5D DSLR.