Wayside Films

Sandhill Cranes

Each spring during their annual migration, the Sandhill Cranes settle in for a few weeks in the Platte River valley of central Nebraska near the confluence of the South and North forks. Hundreds of thousands of these large and noisy birds spend their days roosting […]

A Walk in the Woods

What is it in the bones of everyday photographs, that give them the power to tell a forgotten story from another time and place with such clarity and imagination? And why, in the imagined visual telling of the story, do those photographs elevate the people […]

Garden Mural Genesis

At Project Prepare’s Summer Arts Camp, I collaborated with a group of twenty young artists to create public artwork for our community gardens. Working from my conceptual drawings and paintings, it took about a month of day camp for us to complete this mural for […]

Old Fashioned Photo Booth

Beyond the incredible innovations and creative possibilities of Polaroid cameras and their wonderful instant film, my most nostalgic photographic memory is of the Old Fashioned Photo Booth. Selfies before Selfies were cool. A Memoir in a Can. Four for a Dollar. Extra Charge for Color. […]

Family Pictures

Looking through our family’s photographic archive and trying to select images for my wife’s memorial service, I was struck by the power photography has over the way our brains process faded memories and the passage of time. Small moments from years earlier shine with an […]

Debra Lynn Shirley

Debbie Shirley passed into the next life on September 29th, 2018. She was the foundation of our family and my wife, partner, lover and friend for twenty-eight years. She was a person of unusual sensitivity and exceptional character; fiercely intelligent, an accomplished actor, poet and […]

The Photographic Collage

Part documentary photographic essay and part studio construction, the photographic collage is an interesting hybrid artifact. Particularly with the use of film negatives and prints, the process took on a challenging, almost accidental quality. The result could be mundane, disastrous, or the definition of the […]

Touring Yellowstone

This recorded dialogue is from our cross-country tour a couple of years ago, on the final day of our journey as we toured through Yellowstone National Park. The park was insanely crowded with traffic and people, congested to the point of making you feel claustrophobic. […]