At first glance, this camera appears to be a normal Pentax MX, but upon looking closer, one will discover it is factory engraved with the name "T. Foley." Tom Foley is a good friend and mentor that I first met during my senior year at Monmouth College. I participated in an internship with Tom at his studio in Galesburg, where I learned a lot about what it means to be a photographer. The most important piece of wisdom he passed down to me is that a true photographer does not take photographs. A true photographer makes photographs. Since finishing my undergraduate degree five years ago, Tom and I have remained pals. I always enjoy visiting him in Galesburg, where we usually shoot the shit at his neighborhood bar, "Duffy's." In the past few years, Tom showed in juried exhibitions with me, photographed my wedding, and wrote around a dozen recommendation letters to help get me into graduate school. I'm very grateful for his continued friendship and support.
A few months ago, Tom sold me his personal Pentax MX, and I am honored to look after it for him. Here are some photographs I made with it a little while ago: