April 27, 2014


I woke up this morning to some very difficult news. My old friend, Joe Edward Segrest was tragically killed in a bicycling accident.

Joe was the very first male "model" I had ever worked with. Even though photographing male nudes has never been a huge part of my portfolio, his participation is incredibly meaningful to me. Joe was a beautiful man, full of life, energy, and kindness. Of all the people I have met over the years, he more than anyone embodied the notion that all people from all walks of life deserve respect and the benefit of an open mind.

Joe was a cancer survivor and when my mother struggled and ultimately lost her life to the same disease I often thought of Joe to inspire me to be strong. He lived his life in the most wonderfully contradictory way possible, with one foot always seeking out adventure and the other firmly grounded as a solid foundation for his friends and loved ones.

Joe will be missed, and for my part, he will always be remembered. 

Camera: Minolta Maxxum 7
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry to hear about Joe, it sounds like he was an amazingly inspirational man. These are beautiful photos of him.