The past year has been a wild one – hence the lack of update in 2016. Woops!
I continued my work with the College Mentors for Kids into 2016 and that cumulated with a shooting day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during qualifications for the Indy 500. The kids had a great time there and were invited to shoot from CMFK donor Turner Woodard’s Turn Two suite. This was a memorable experience for the kids that wrapped up in their photos being displayed at the historic Stutz Building alongside the “Fast Forward, Look Back,” exhibition that celebrated 100 years of the Indianapolis 500.
I worked with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to curate “Fast Forward, Look Back,” which was kindly sponsored by Sony, Roberts Camera, and the 500 Festival. Curating that show was quite memorable as I spent quite a bit of time going through a hundred years worth of art and artifacts housed in “the vaults” in the IMS museum’s basement archives and car collection. (It was awesome!)
Most of my time in 2016 was spent working on my new startup, Pierce Aerospace. Pierce Aerospace is developing software for the drone industry that brings drone operators resource management, flight planning, logbooks, and a slew of other needed tools needed by drone operators of all sizes. This work has kept me at a healthy travel pace, taking me from Silicon Valley to Washington D.C. and many places in between. I was also invited as a founding member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy charted Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team. My work with my startup and in the industry is ongoing, but I’m still available for photography and writing work.
On that note, I’ve expanded my capabilities to include drone photography and video. I’m certified by the FAA for this type of work and carry the proper insurance. Here’s a clip that I shot last year during the tornado outbreak near Kokomo, IN.
In addition, I had several fine art prints enter into private collections, Butler University placed an abstract photo of mine on permanent display, I did some technical drone writing, and took part in several start up & tech oriented events that are all helping to grow Indianapolis as a tech hub in the heartland.
I am looking forward to the rest of this exciting year and will update these blog posts on a more regular basis.