Somewhere Out There, Something Is Happening



Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

President John F. Kennedy, June 26 1963


There’s something about the American spirit – inherent in the American spirit – we don’t hang on to the past. We always move forward….

President Barack Obama, October 15, 2009


While walking around on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. in 2009, I kept thinking about the phrase boldly embedded into the stone facade of the National Archives – a place of our collective national being and history.





Somewhere Out There, Something Is Happening is an ongoing series of artist books of photographs and fragmentary text that meditates on the physical places and psychological spaces of the contemporary American social landscape. Each book considers our inescapable history and whether what is past is a prologue of something happening now.







Artist Book Details

14 – 3/8 x 11 – 3/8 x 7/8 inches

Chiyogami silkscreened paper covered binders board with archival folder

Each artist book has approximately 20 – 25 broadsides on 14 x 11 sheets, including

    • 6 – 12 archival inkjet photographic prints

    • 5 – 6 text sheets

    • Reflective statement

    • Map

    • Colophon

    • Index sheet

Edition Size for Each Book: 5 + 1 AP




Carleton College, Gould Library Special Collections

Colorado College, Charles L. Tutt Library Special Collections

Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collections








And Then The Sky Turned Angry

Explores the seemingly organized placement of personal effects after an EF-5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011.



Beneath the Dirt of Great Men

Exposes the carbon landscape of oil pumping jacks and waste water fracking ponds in the Permian Basin of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas.



 Dance All Night

Remembrances of the victims in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida in 2016.




Gardens of Paradise

Examines the selling of companionship and “glamour shot” images of women on escort cards that become discarded the fountains and gardens of the Las Vegas Strip, an area known as Paradise.




It Was A Beautiful Dream

Reflections on the Native American experience and the history of Little Big Horn & Wounded Knee.





 Lest We Forget To Remember

Memorializing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas in 1964.





Lift Every Voice

Retracing the locations of the 1964 voting rights movement tragedy in Philadelphia, Mississippi.




There Shall It Be

Contemplates the beauty and destruction of old growth forests and clear cutting along the Oregon coast.





 Whispers from the Apple Orchard

Impressions of stillness and quiet contemplation at the Manzanar War Relocation Center from World War II in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.