BIO I've got a confession to make: I'm a failed athlete. Perhaps that's not a surprise, especially after seeing this freshman mug photo, circa 1986. (Go Patriots!) The highlight of my basketball playing career was at Poynter Jr. High, when the entire student body was cheering my name. Yep, it was during a blowout victory and I was sent in to mop up. Win big or lose big, that was my time to shine. I always LOVED sports, even though sports didn't always love me back. So when I discovered my second love - photography - shooting sports seemed like my calling. *** And while we're at it, I'm also an addict. No matter how hard I try, I can't quit traveling. Adventures include: falling in love with Sarajevo, freezing in Poland, sweating in India, studying in Lyon and shadowing Olympians in Beijing & Vancouver. There was also that little-known gambling experience along the Trans Siberian Railway. Right now, I seem to be on the road a bunch, often shuttling between the weird hipster capitals of Brooklyn, Portlandia and Austin. *** In a past life, I had a day job as a newspaper photojournalist. That included 7 years documenting my home state as a staffer for The (Portland) Oregonian. Yep, an Oregonian at The Oregonian. Some of my sports photography received industry street cred, but awards are subjective and BS. That said, my mom is still proud of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting, which I won with a team of staffers from The Oregonian. My work has appeared in pretty much every major publication, from National Geographic to ESPN The Mag to Penthouse (long story). Advertising and commercial clients include Nike, adidas, Clif Bar, Umpqua Bank, eBay and ACE Hardware (The Helpful Place!). *** Several years ago, I was talking with someone in the biz about my career and life path. She asked the simplest question, one I naturally hadn't thought of: "What do you love doing?" Answer: Travel, Sports, Photography and Weird Shit. So with that in mind, I left the newspaper world in 2007 to work on a project of fun sports around the globe. That evolved into my first book, Weird Sports, which was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011. I'm now working on the third book in the series, cleverly titled Weird Sports 3. For this failed athlete and addicted traveler, life is good. And weird.