Some people keep a written journal to document their lives. I have my Flickr page.

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, the Vehicle City. I grew up in an environment chock-full of working-class joie de vivre.

Flint was a magical place to grow up, with its myriad factories, racially-diverse population, and vibrant Cultural Center, not to mention being steeped in car-culture. Growing up in Flint undoubtedly shaped my tendency to gravitate toward urban scenes. Many factories may be gone, but Flint's friendly, resilient ethos remains. The whole United States could probably learn some lessons in perseverance from Flint.

I currently reside in beautiful, historic Chicago, Illinois.

Bill Owens is one of my main photography heroes. I love the way he captures and portrays Americana, and how he finds beauty within seemingly mundane subjects and highlights what's interesting and unique about them.

Other photographers whose works inspire me are Zoe Strauss, William Eggleston, and Vivian Maier. Common subjects and the ability to present them in an intriguing way are a common thread among the works of these three artists.

All images are copyright protected. Do not use without my written consent.

**My Flickr page is dedicated to the loving memory of my late father, who passed away in 2009. While picture-taking wasn't his particular forte, he supported many of my creative endeavors including photography, as well as piano, acting, and writing. (Rest in peace, Dad - I'll see you when I get there.)

My page is also dedicated to my mom, who gave me her old 35mm Konica when I was fifteen. Her doing so was symbolic of passing a torch, as her father, my grandfather, was the original photographer in our family. I draw much inspiration from the everyday things and moments which Grandpa chose to capture with candor from behind the lens.**

13/31/2011 UPDATE: On the last day of 2011, I completed self-publication of "My Beautiful Flint", a photo book of images I have taken in my hometown of Flint, Michigan: It was a labor of love and I am very proud of it. You can preview the whole thing.

3/06/2012 UPDATE: Here's a link to my children's book, "All 'Bout Cars": . You can preview this one, too.

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Joseph Dennis
August 2009
Flint, Michigan
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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