Nestled among the Amish in Allen County you’ll find Chris Knight and his family that live the simple life: without electricity, wifi and iPhones. Following a career-ending back injury in the 1980’s, Chris moved his family from suburban Georgia to the rolling hills of Kentucky and a century back in time. They became members of the strict Amish community for several years then ventured out on their own when their love of music and performing lost favor with the community. While the Knight’s still maintained the simple way of life, I documented their family for two years for the Daily News where we produced a series of compelling photo stories and in-depth reporting. Now, over 10 years later, much of the family has emerged in the modern world and I hope to revisit soon.
This is where I cut my teeth in photography: as a staff photographer at the 21,000-circulation Bowling Green Daily News from 1997-2005. I had the best of both worlds working here with a small staff while pursuing my degree in Photojournalism at WKU, which truly helped solidify my documentary approach to my photography.
Adventure is at the heart of my passions. From trail running just up the road in Mammoth Cave and climbing in the Red to scaling 18,000-foot peaks in Peru, getting outside and exploring the world is a common theme for me.
As the Staff Photographer for WKU, I cover all aspects of the university life from classroom lectures to Homecoming and around the world with study abroad groups. This is
one of the best job on campus!
My travels to Peru have been a part of the American Alpine Club’s conservation & research efforts called the American Climber Science Program. Through this outlet, I have documented two years of expeditions to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca range of the Andes to collect vital data on the glaciers, which is an early indicator of climate change. My years (2011 & 2013) have also been pivotal for me personally as I struggled with fitness issues my first year to overcoming my shortfalls and excelling physically in ’13.