Well, once again, I’ve looked up at my calendar and noticed that it’s been more than a month since my last update. But, perhaps you can forgive me, considering I’ve moved 10 hours away from my previous home in Indiana, to Nebraska City to my new job at the Nebraska City News-Press. It’s a little bit of a change for me since I’m not longer just a photographer or multimedia reporter, which is not only what I had been making my living as, it’s what I went to school for, trained for and planned my life around pretty much.
That’s not a complaint, just a little different. Because of that, it’s taken me a little bit longer than I would have liked to get my feet firmly planted on the ground. Focusing on my writing skills has made, in my opinion, my photography skills a little rusty. So, hopefully I’m going to start working on some projects to help with that. Until then, I hope you don’t mind looking at my rusty photography skills for the things I’ve shot so far.
A firefighter takes a break while fighting a field fire near Union, Neb.
A firefighter walks to a tanker truck. Burnt fields can be seen on both sides of the road.
Firefighters discuss where a field fire had spread into a creek bed.
Fiddle players perform during the Apple Corps spring concert.
Lourdes High School prom goers get their photo taken after the grand march.
It’s been awhile since my last post. The reason for this is an exciting thing for me, I got a job with the Nebraska City News-Press in Nebraska City. Over the past couple weeks I’ve found an apartment, traveled for a job interview, moved 10 hours away and started my new position as both a reporter and photographer.
Before leaving however I finished up a project for the Washington Times-Herald, the newspaper that I freelanced for. This video is the product of about three weeks worth of work. It’s shorter than I would have liked and I’ve had to several of the interviews short or out completely, thanks to the whole “moving three states away” thing which sort of advanced my deadline.
At any rate, I hope you enjoy the video and keep checking back to see updates on my work here in Nebraska.
The thing about being a photographer is that sometimes you have to cover an event that you have never had any experience with before. In my case, that’s wrestling. Besides the fake stuff you see on late night TV I’ve never even seen a wrestling match before. This was a new experience for me. This will probably also be my final assignment before I move off to take up my photographer/reporter position with the Nebraska City News Press. I know it’s been awhile since I posted something but I’m glad everyone has followed me. I plan to keep the blog alive after I move, but at any rate, I hope you enjoy these photos.
Right now, the Midwest is experiencing a crazy cold spell. With some places in Indiana getting over a foot of snow and temperature dropping into the negatives. While I’m not getting as much snow as that, the temperature is certainly cold. So, I thought I’d grab a quick photo tonight. Hope you enjoy it.
It’s cold and dark out there.
A great photograph captures a special moment in time. While this photo may not be great, I think it captures a fun moment. It’s that moment where two human beings have that thought in their mind of “oh, this is going to suck”.
Any photographer who spends a decent amount of time shooting sports will tell you that at some point, you’re going to have to dodge something. A ball, a ref running down the sideline and worst of all, a player. It’s simply a part of the job. And frankly, as long as my equipment comes out ok and I don’t take any injuries, I think it’s actually a fun part of the job. It definitely helps to break up the routine and it’s always nice to look over to the person next to you and see which one of you “chickened out” first by comparing how close the player was on your last frame. So, while covering a basketball game tonight, I experienced this moment. And as I said earlier, the photo is not great. But I like the moment. Hope you do as well.
So a week back, or so, I found an old photo of mine that I’ve always liked and decided to make it my Twitter banner. Or whatever the term is. Anyway, I noticed that I’ve never posted it on my blog before. So here I am to rectify that. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present “The Disappointed Jockey”.
I’ve been land locked by a snow storm so here’s a picture of my dog, well the top of her head anyway. Nothing special. Just felt like throwing something up.
My dog, being a dog.
Ever since I graduated from Ball State, I’ve been job searching. It’s not a fun process. Each interview is a glimmer of hope at the future that could be. And every turn down is an added voice to the chorus of “you’re not cut out for this profession”. Lately though, I’ve been afforded the chance of covering a local volleyball team, the Barr-Reeve Vikings, for a paper in my area, the Washington Times-Herald as a freelancer. Besides bringing me out of the depression that is sitting at my computer all day sending out job applications, covering the Vikings was interesting for me in the sense that it was almost like working on a documentary.
The first match I covered had the Vikings going up against their biggest rivals, the Loogootee Lions. I hadn’t seen a gym so packed since I had graduated from college and it really got me back into the spirit of photojournalism. I even took a few Instagram videos of it. The next match was the Vikings sectional match, again facing their long-time rivals. Then it was the regionals, the semi-state and finally the state championship at Ball State (I just can’t get away). I became such a staple at the Vikings’ matches I even had a parody Twitter account made about me by a Barr-Reeve student.
Obviously, I’m not going to post all the pictures I have of all those matches. But, I feel like I would be doing a disservice to the State Champs by not posting pictures of their journey to Muncie. So, the photos are a mix of all the different matches I covered as well as a video I made for the Times-Herald. Hope you enjoy them.
Besides the fact that the Ball State win over Kent State on Saturday was a super close game, which made for an exciting homecoming, I also found that I ended up liking a lot of my pictures. Call it nostalgia, call it the excitement of getting to go back and relive my college glory and see old friends (I guess that all counts as nostalgia…), or perhaps I just wanted to showcase some more of my work since I’m a little bored at the moment. Here are some more photos from the game. I almost feel a little tacky for making two different posts about the same game but I hope you will forgive me and hopefully the photos are good enough for such a thing. Enjoy.
My day was filled with joy and excitement as I returned to my alma mater to witness the homecoming football game against Kent State. While the game was close, it ended happily enough for myself and other Ball State fans. Thank you to the Ball State Daily News staff for helping me to get on the field! Hope you enjoy the pictures.