My career, which began with a master's degree in Photography and Media Studies, has encompassed teaching, commercial work, large format architectural photography, portraiture, sports, fairs and graphic design.
Ten years ago, I became obsessed with fairs, resulting in two photo books published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. The first, "State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together," celebrates the best state fair in the nation. The second, "Minnesota County Fairs: Kids, Cows, Carnies, and Chow," honors all 95 county fairs in the state.
For two years, my partner, Steve, and I lived in an extreme RV, an EarthRoamer, visiting all 48 contiguous states as well as western Canada. The resultant book, "Roaming with Rudy-4 Walls to 4 Wheels: Living Outside the Box" is the story of rediscovering the joy of lives lived simply, of returning to what's truly important, of creating space for new possibilities and new dreams. It is illustrated with over 600 photographs, all taken with my iPhone.
"Chopped Liver: Finding My Way," is a series of personal essays of resilience, strength and hope in the face of adversity. They are little handprints of my life that I hope will stir your own memories, bring light and inspiration to your world, lift your spirits, give you fresh insights and remind you that you are stronger than you think. And maybe, just maybe, they'll give you a chuckle or two along the way.
"The Dolphin Diaries: A Spiritual Journey" is a collection of essays about my life experiences, both joyful and difficult as seen through the eyes of my spirit animal, the dolphin. Dolphin has taught me to look beneath the surface of relationships, of family, of illness. It has helped me find compassion and forgiveness for myself and others. It has helped me explore a deeper connection to the universe.
"Signs of Life," "More Signs of Life," and "Even More Signs of Life" is a series of books of signs. Everywhere I go, I see signs that catch my attention. They can be funny, puzzling, even challenging. Most of all, they can be inspiring if you look beneath the surface. These books are to help you discover the extraordinary in the ordinary—guidebooks for the soul.
"Little Red Riding Hare: A Book of Beastly Nonsense" is a book of animal photographs with silly captions to remind us that we are all in relationship on this planet and that as human beings, a respect for the natural world is critical to our own survival.
"RC and the Quest for the Meaning of Life" is a book about a boy and his rubber chicken (RC). It asks the questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose? RC takes us on a journey to explore the meaning of life and to discover his identity.
I live in Lyons, Colorado with my partner, photographer and inspirational speaker, Steve Uzzell, and our Golden Retriever, Dudley.