Holding Government Accountable

I had the privilege last Friday to attend a youth town hall at the Columbia Public Library where teenagers grilled their elected representatives. I honestly found it very impressive what these young citizens were interested in and where asking about. Their concern about issues that I wasn’t even beginning to think about at their age was inspiring.

Honestly, I wish I had my life a together as they seem to. I barely managed to make it through the meeting juggling all the jobs I had taking photos, video, notes, audio recordings and paying attention to who said what that I needed to catch afterwards to talk to.

Check out the article I wrote for the Columbia Missourian about the meeting.

Current Inspiration: I am digging the work of Elizabeth Brumley at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Maybe its the sunny city she is in, or maybe its her style but her work has a bright, lively feel that I really dig right now.


Summer Reporting Midway Point

I have now been at the Missourian as a reporter for about three weeks. It has been a wild ride, swinging from busy days spent churning out updates on the Edward Scissorhands-esque trimming of the UM/MU budget to slow days of slogging through river data. While at the Missourian I have written a few articles:

And contributed to other articles as part of a team, or written part of a multi-angle story.

Its been a wild ride, and Im not even halfway through.


Among Monks

Assumption Abbey Zine

Over the past week I spent five days living at the Assumption Abbey photographing the Trappist and Cistercian monks who live there. This is the result of that time, a small zine of life in a small world set apart.

Vigil of Pascha


At a little before midnight, I went to St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church to photograph the Vigil of Pascha Easter morning. The experience was challenging but very rewarding since there was almost no light in the building except for a select few candles. Over the multi-hour service, there was a lot of subtle emotion that I tried to capture, and I think that, in part at least, I succeeded.

Father Michael Monos

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Father Michael Monos, the priest at St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia, has truly dedicated his entire life to his calling. He and his family are the main church leaders, his son helping him lead services. When he isn’t working in the church he runs his own Greek Orthodox publishing company, Newrome Press, as well as now taking over a new publishing company from Holy Cross Orthodox Press.

Sarah Leen

Having the opportunity to listen to Sarah Leen, the Director of Photography at National Geographic, was amazing. Though I had to leave a little early because of another class I still managed to hear some very good advice both on a publication scale, but also on a personal one. The first and foremost piece of advice that I heard was to be bold: To take and publish bold photos, photos that haven’t been seen before, that aren’t typical, and may not even be traditional “journalism.”

This doesn’t mean she was advocating deception, but in a world where everyone is so inundated with visuals, it is more important than ever to set the highest bar with your work. Whether it is revisualizing the national parks on a forest floor, or over a composite day, I think that she has shown that her vision of DOP includes that boldness to show new things.

Now I just need to apply it to my photography and really break out of the mold that I have been cast in.