Sam Gehrke is a Wisconsin-born, Oregon-raised freelance photographer and writer based in Eugene and Portland. After receiving a formal education in film and cinema at the University of Oregon, Sam dipped back into photography after a four-year hiatus, teaching himself through trial and error the ins and outs of the medium by shooting skaters at local skateparks. Despite a relatively short freelance career in photography and journalism, the magic of social media soapboxes has meant exponential growth for Sam, and he's contributed both his photographs and written pieces to publications such as NPR, Vice, Sciences Occultes Magazine, Eugene Weekly, Color Me With Chaos music blog, and now serves as a contributor for Vortex Music Magazine, principally photographing and providing written coverage of concerts in the Pacific Northwest. When he’s not working, Sam is usually reading comics, listening to music, buying stupidly expensive action figures, or cruising around town on his skateboard. Follow Sam on Twitter @dirtmcgehrk and Instagram @pogsandtamagotchis or check out more of his photos.