To the people of Forest Park:
I first started taking photographs for the Forest Park Review in 1990 as a freelance photographer. In 1994, I became a full-time employee. In that almost 20 years I’ve gotten to know hundreds (thousands?) of people. Village officials, business owners, police officers and firefighters, people with unusual jobs or hobbies and about a zillion kids at school functions or playing in the parks or pool or Mohr Center. I’ve watched some of these kids grow up. There was a story in last week’s paper about Angel D’Souza, now a sophomore at Fenwick. I first photographed Angel when she was in first or second grade at a Math Olympics. She stood out back then and has been in front of my camera a few times since, and it’s good to see that she still stands out.
There have been many, many people that I’ve met in Forest Park who stand out and have been kind and helpful to me over the years. It’s been an honor and privilege to work for the Review and to get to know you all, and I want to thank you all. I’m sure I’ll see some of you here and there. I’ll be the guy without the camera bag enjoying some cool event in Forest Park.
Former Forest Park Review photographer