About The Artist
Born and raised on Detroit’s east side, I grew up fascinated with the arts. After getting my BFA, I did a little graphic design work but got sucked back into photography which has been a passion since High school. I am a Detroit-based artist known for my unique lifestyle and editorial photography style. I have shot everything from art, sports, clothing, and music. My present and past employers include Red Bull, Bedrock, Bally Sports, Fox Sports, NBC, HOUR Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, and General Motors. Basically, shoot everything just shy of weddings.
My contribution to Beyond The Pail is a small selection of curated images representing the documentation of mural making. When you walk, bike, or drive past a mural, you never really think about the moments when it was created. These photos are a small sample of the feeling in those moments when an artist works in hot weather, at great heights, with an audience, or alone. These images also represent a bond between myself (the photographer) and the artist, as I normally spend hours at every mural I shoot.
As a working photographer, I am normally shooting on site and hardly ever in need of studio space. I’m very bad at describing myself or process as a photographer, so I’d like to refer to a quote from a great friend and artist, Matt Eaton… “ It’s usually quite difficult to make a photograph of a static piece of visual art. Sal does this, though; he can effectively convey the emotion of his experience with his muse at the very moment of the shutter closing with ease and immediacy. The attention to light, shadow, and ambiance separates a visceral experience from a traditional photo. This is Sal’s party; welcome to it…pal.”