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.
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.
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.
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.