Sketch Book


In 2016, metal fabricator Cory Fass stripped his chopper motorcycle down to the naked frame. When he welded, I observed. I asked questions while he was grinding steel and polishing aluminum. I learned about motorcycles, design, craftsmanship, and a lot about Cory Fass. 

To Say Something is sixteen lessons, sixteen things I learned or confirmed about saying something through visual elements during the hours spent witnessing a custom chopper come to life in a Kansas City double door garage. This class is to help photographers, visual communicators, draw closer to their unique expression, to point to something, to say something. 

Missed Opportunities

Sometimes I miss opportunities in life because I have to make choices; there’s not enough time to do it all. Other opportunities pass me by because I am not paying attention, am absorbed in something of lesser importance, or am just feeling too lazy in the moment. Either way, it is good to acknowledge missed opportunities; the heightened awareness providing an internal warning to stay alert. These are a few opportunities for photograph essays I have allowed to walk on by.

  1. Riding the NYC subway system; buskers, train performers, and pan handlers

  2. People viewing art (sometimes through their smartphone camera) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  3. Three years of students at Warrior Leaders Course, Germany

  4. McLaurin wedding preparation

Cory MacNeil