I haven’t updated in a while because I was extremely busy leaving Utah, moving to SF and then learning the ropes at my new job with the SF Chronicle. Then after a couple weeks here, I went on a sailing trip to Turkey/Greece for a week! I’ll update soon with Turkey/Greece photos but wanted to post the first video I’ve done so far with the Chronicle. Myself and one of our video interns shot the Warriors parade in Oakland and I compiled it into one piece. More soon!
Last night was the big rivalry game here in Victoria, Texas. Victoria East High School vs. Victoria West. Though the rivalry is all in good fun, people get pretty excited to be there and root for their school. We had four shooters and three reporters at the game to cover it. The photographers were doing individual features, general features, game action and produced video. It was an intense, but fun night. Of course the game ran late and we all ended up booking it back to the office for deadline, then spent the next hour yelling at our computers to work faster (that was possibly just me), but we made it and had a nice spread of photos in our A section and sports section today. My assignments were all feature related, so here are some of my favorite shots from my night.
And here is our front page. Our designers are very talented and creative. It makes for great photo pages! We also had a full photo front on the sports page, in addition to photo spreads inside both sections, but I don’t have those pages yet. Will post more later.
Before this weekend I had heard quite a bit about the Boilermaker. I knew that 14,000 people had signed up to run, many of them from all over the world. I knew we’d have multiple places we have to be throughout the day, starting at 6am, to cover. Our whole staff was assigned different points along the 15k race route, start to finish, so we covered every neighborhood involved. Everyone kept saying how stressful and long this day was going to be, but really, these are the kind of days I like. When you get to really do your job and cover something important to the community. Sure it was a lot of walking and a lot of memory cards and a lot of people and more hours than usual, but it was also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed talking to people all day, hearing why this race is important to them, why they came from New Zealand or Kenya or Columbia or just California. It was a really good time. I covered the 3-6 mile route at the golf course and then the after party. Here are a few of my favorites.
Covered the State Track & Field Meet last week. This was my favorite shot from the day.
Since I’ve gotten to New York, I’ve shot a lot more sports than I have in over a year because here, I’m the night photographer everyday. That means I’m at soccer, field hockey, football and various sports games, everyday. Its been a lot of fun to shoot the actual games, but I thought I’d dedicate an entry to all those wonderful expressive moments that we get outside of the action. One of the aspects of sports I really enjoy is the sheer volume of intense emotion that goes into these events. And not always by those who are playing. Though the athletes have dedicated hours of practice and hard work to being the best, they’re not always the most expressive. Sometimes, its those on the sidelines. Every state I’ve lived in has told me “People are intense about football here.” The truth is, people are intense about Sports, everywhere. What other event do you attend regularly where people are screaming, full out screaming in joy, frustration, disappointment, anger or pride? Where people will go out on a field in front of hundreds of people and do ridiculous things to show their dedication to their town or team? They paint their bodies, decorate their cars, wear ridiculous outfits and stand in freezing rain, snow and storms just to be able to show their spirit. Sports inspires a kind of dedication and mania unheard of in any other kind of event, which is why its so much fun.
These guys painted on their shirts (ish), unfortunately I didn’t see a cuss word on the boy on the left, we had to crop it out for publication. That’ll teach me! Must always read chests.
Nothing shows dedication like bringing your own bullhorn.
Kid on the right = super intense.
Making O’s for Oneida.
These kids got to run through paper at halftime, they were SO excited about it.
So very excited, some of them fell. But they seemed to have fun doing that too.
Yelling with all his might!
And a couple of the athletes who of course, inspire all that spirit in the first place. These are from a game yesterday. Honestly I don’t know if these boys didn’t expect to do so well or are just generally really excited by winning, but every goal was like Christmas morning and you could see it on their faces.
I think this was my favorite. The goalie just laid on the ground, completely defeated, after the fifth goal he missed. Better luck next time!
Running through rainstorms and coming home drenched every day, its hard to believe that a couple weeks ago I was in 110+ heat in Texas. Moving across the country was fun thanks to kass, and now I’ve begun the adjustment to Utica. Its hard to believe I’m staying here a while, I’m so used to knowing I’ll be on the road again in a few months, but its a nice/scary feeling to actually think about buying furniture, having an apartment long term, becoming a New Yorker.
On a related note, it has been a awesome experience to actually get to be a Staff Photographer. Of course, internships were never negative experiences for me. I was lucky, I worked for great papers with wonderful people and awesome editors. I really didn’t mind two years of moving every 7 months, the constant long hours and working most holidays, because I genuinely love my work. I love getting up everyday and getting to spend the day taking photos. Its really that paralyzing uncertainty of not knowing where you’ll be in 4 months, of trying to make it in a field that is constantly changing and making cuts, that’s the challenge that interns are really faced with these days. Its become harder than ever to get an interview, not to mention a job. Most community papers have a staff of 12+ writers, but they only have 2-4 photographers. That makes actually landing a position quite a feat. Sometimes an intern is lucky and a position opens right after their internship and the paper keeps them, but those are rare and lucky circumstances. I only know one or two people who actually got that. Photographers always told me to stick it out and never give up, but it was extremely hard at times. And even then, who knows? Maybe I just got lucky. Maybe I was in the right place at the right time. But I do know I am overwhelmingly thankful that I got a job here at the OD, and that at least for now, I get to do what I love everyday.
So while I’m waxing poetic about photography, I’ll tell you its been an interesting first week. I’ve covered a Broadway show rehearsal, soccer practices & games, a homicide follow up, and education stories. Tonight is Football Friday, which ends my official first week at the Utica Observer-Dispatch. Its been a fun week, everyone here is really nice and easy to work with. So far, I’m really loving it here. I’ve included a few photos from assignments this week below, just to show what I’ve been up to.