Friday, May 29, 2009

Personal Project: Week 1


Xavier Mitchell (who could bench press three of me at once), dog bites, and sweet things.

How Does This Thing Work Again?

Corrupting the youth of America though job shadow day. We had fun working on panning, but maybe we should have worked on exposure first. By the way, does anyone have a feather duster?

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Cage Rage

In the blue corner is Briana "The Porcelain Twig" Scroggins. Ha ha.
It's been a while since I really shot for myself, so I decided to venture out to a cage fighting match yesterday. Not my cup of tea really. I have a hard time not empathizing with the fighters, but I only got queezy once, so I consider that a victory. But trying out new things is always good. It was definitely a new experience. The photos aren't where I want them to be, so I look forward to trying it again sometime.
I am hoping to add one of these to my men culture project, so if anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Monday, May 18, 2009

EOY 2009

The real reason women go to the bathroom in pairs.... temporary tattoos!
I am soooo glad that I got to see all of my WKU PJ friends this weekend. It was a great weekend with great people, and hilarious stories. Congrats to everyone who graduated! I wish you all the best of luck.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Planned Luck

I was covering the Carry the Torch luncheon, a fundraiser for the Volunteer Ministry Center for the homeless on Tuesday at the Knoxville Convention Center. The catch was there was this grid of natural light coming from the ceiling sun windows, but all the vendors were set up elsewhere. So I sort of set up shop next to this angel artist. I was literally hiding behind her easel, waiting and watching for anything to happen. I am pretty sure the angel artist thought I had lost my mind, perched behind her easel, staring at this wall, closing one eye to line people up as they passed by. I kept waiting and waiting, but nothing happened, so I went around and looked for some moments and other things to shoot. But I kept coming back to that easel, changing exposures, just in case something happened.
Finally, something happened. There was this man sharply dressed with this fantastic hat on. People were crowding him, and I just waited and waited until they cleared. Then he walked off, I snapped three frames as he walked by. This was the third frame.
Just so happens that my sharply dressed subject was Denver Moore, the co-author of the book "Same kind of Different as Me." He had spent almost 30 years of his life homeless, and was at the luncheon to sign books.

And what was supposed to be buried photo (of a subject that the P.R. lady said I wouldn't be able to catch) turned out to run steak sauce Wednesday morning.
Planned luck.

The Booth


The Field

Happy Mother's Day

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Taking the Humans for a Walk

Lessons in Death and Life

This was the first spot news where I actually saw the victim. Part of me pushed off my own reactions and feelings to simply make sure I fulfilled my photographic duty. Probably with a dash of adrenaline. But it's not easy to ignore the natural feeling of loss when a fellow human being has lost their life.
For those of you who don't know, the title of this post is actually a book by Dave LaBelle. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do.

Drive Through Petting Zoo

Such a fun assignment! Really? I get paid to do this?