Last summer I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to road trip from Chicago to Sacramento with four super good friends! We made stops at several national parks along the way, witnessing first hand the true beauty of the American landscape.
We stopped at parks in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and California. I entitled this body of images "Expedition" because that's really what it was for all of us. None of us had ever had the chance to see the United States like this before. I think I can speak for all of us when I say it was truly an unforgettable experience and I would encourage anyone thinking about doing a road trip like this to do it.
Larry McCay Photography (LMP) is a high end commercial photo studio based in Northern Indiana. At LMP, the range of work produced is automotive, health care, product, and architectural photography.
The images on this page are all works I have been apart of somehow, whether shooting, lighting, or editing. I have received permission to display this work from LMP. I am the primary retoucher at LMP as well so the majority of work we do for our clients are cleaned up and composited by myself. I enjoy the work we do and the client interactions at LMP.
"Man & Earth" is a project I've been working on for several years now. The more I've traveled, the more I've become interested in the relationship between people and the places they call home. "Man & Earth" is a visual representation of the connection between humans and the earth and I really wanted the pairs of images to not only compliment each other, but to also come together to create something even more visually powerful because how we interact with the earth can be a beautiful thing.
"The Regulars" is a project I shot at Nikki's Cafe in 2014. Nikki's Cafe is a small town diner. It's not unlike most small town diners across the United States. In fact, every town seems to have a small town diner like Nikki's and people that show up everyday at the same times, the Regulars. I was drawn to Nikki's because these cafes all somehow contribute to the fabric of the Small Town American community because they all have that dedicated core of people that make it, what it is. I wanted to find out who the Regulars are and to capture how Nikki's Cafe (and places like it) help create the culture of Small Town America.
Beyond Walls is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon that tries to connect young artists from different countries to help each learn about the others culture through large scale mural paintings.
In the wake of the Arab Spring, which originated in Tunisia, the Tunisian people have been adjusting to life with a more democratic style of government.
In the summer of 2013, Beyond Walls went to Tunisia to work with a local art school in the capital, Tunis. I was invited to work on this project both as a painter and documentarian. Two and a half weeks and 125 meters of wall later, what started as a group of strangers ended with several lasting friendships and a completed the mural meant to promote peace, kindness and unity.
When was the last time you stopped to listen to the wind?
I’ve always been interested in the experiences of other people, in the stories they have to tell. We all have a unique perspective on life and most of us aren’t given enough opportunities to talk about it. At the heart of each of our experiences there are truths that have set the foundation for who we are as individuals. These defining moments have so much value to us and sometimes to those we tell; those who will listen.
This project tells a small piece of six individuals’ stories. Each of these people are much older than I, and every one of them have had things happen in their lives that have contributed to who they are today. Some of them have lived in the West all their lives; others have traveled great distances to live here. Each has been placed in my path to help me understand my own journey.
The wind is a natural phenomenon that changes everything it touches.
Sometimes those changes are subtle and can take place over long periods of time. Sometimes those changes are sudden and dramatic. Just like the wind is an agent of change, so is the wisdom of those that have come before us. Our Western culture is creating an environment that encourages us to disconnect from others, especially those older than us. I find it difficult to slow down and listen sometimes, but when I do, I often see how God has placed parents, grandparents, professors, mentors, friends and even strangers in my way to share from their own lives so that I can be better prepared for what happens in mine.
This body of work is meant to highlight what I have learned over the last several months in just a few conversations. It’s meant to emphasize one of the most valuable lessons I have learned thus far: sometimes we need to listen.
When was the last time you stopped to listen to the wind?
If you were to walk into Timber Ridge Manor, you'd be greeted by some of the people below. Timber Ridge Manor is an independent living retirement home. The residents can come and go as they are able to. Until that photography session, I had been unable to determine the style of work I wanted to do. I just knew I wanted it to be meaningful.
I had begun to realize that if I didn't find passion in the work I was producing, there would be no passion for others when viewing it. If my images were to mean something to others, they had to mean something to me. So I began to look at what was important to me.
I saw the things I loved as things that others likely love within their own experience and in their own way. The images below are a representation of that empathetic feeling. I love my grandparents. So I took pictures of other people who were probably grandparents. My hope was that the images would be important others.
For me, these images represent a transition from doing photography, art, and design for others to shooting what I love in a way that might help others learn to love it too.
South Sudan is the worlds youngest country and ever since it's birth, South Sudan has experienced civil war that has torn the country up. I traveled to South Sudan for two weeks in the summer of 2014 and witnessed one of the roughest places on earth.
When the war broke out, Malakal was one of the larger cities that was nearly destroyed and almost completely evacuated. It's literally a ghost town. It once had a population of nearly 160,000 people; when I went through it, Malakal was almost completely empty.
Some citizens still reside nearby in a camp set up by the United Nations, but the majority of people either died or traveled to other regions and other countries.
In early 2010 and earthquake rocked the tiny nation of Haiti. I traveled to the capital, Port Au Prince a month after the earthquake to help Wolfer Productions create a documentary about the orphan crisis Haiti suffered as a result of the earthquake. The film is called "Adopting Haiti".
I wanted to really show what the country was affected by the earthquake. The images shown in this page are really meant to be my observations of what the Haitian people were experiencing. It's hard to describe what it was like and even with the photographs, it is difficult to grasp how much Haiti was hurt by the quake. Being one of the poorest countries in the world, it's like having very little and then watching even that being taken from you. But the Haitian people are resilient. They pick themselves up and rebuild. They survive.
It's interesting for me to think about the pottery in these projects. At first glance, they are just clay pots that have been hand crafted in the masses for every day use. But to the men that make them, those pots are not just clay, but a means to living-a means to providing for themselves and their families.
In the summer of 2012, I had a chance to work in a small community about 45 minutes from Madaba, Jordan. It was a community development project with Beyond Walls meant to empower the young people in this small community. On a day off the group of us took some time to talk with and photograph these Jordanian potters that fashion the clay into functional pieces of earth.