I’m approaching the 2-month marker on my new job at the Telegram & Gazette. One of my most recent assignments was, quite appropriately, to report on the shortcuts locals take to avoid long lights and traffic. The newest reporter and I were put on job, presumably because the editors figured we could benefit from a little schooling in navigating the city. We collaborated on a short video too. You can see it here: http://bcove.me/cmzrxs02
Below is another smattering of my favorite pictures from the past couple weeks. Another run of the gamut: scenics, sports, spot news and poltics
Due to a major recent transition–changing jobs from staff photographer at the Cape Cod Times to Worcester Telegram & Gazette–I have decided, yet again, to revive the blog. It all happened so fast! One week I was wrapping up a 6-month long project at the Times (more on that later) and then the next I was in the interview process for the position and then within two weeks my boots were on the ground in Wormtown. I barely had a moment to catch my breath between looking for a new apartment and tying up loose ends in Plymouth. On top of all that, I started the new gig on a very busy news week. My first day of shooting was the first major snowfall in the county, which was also the day before Thanksgiving, and yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the tragic Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse Co. fire that claimed the lives of 6 firefighters in 1999. It has certainly been a whirlwind but I am really enjoying the new environment and the different opportunities the city presents. Click the thumbnails below to see a gallery of my favorite photos from my first days.
FALMOUTH — 081113 — Kristin Kmack of Albany, far right, cheers as her husband passes by near the finish line Falmouth Road Race with Zoey Kmack, 10, front and Hayley Kmack, 14.
There was a time when my Sunday shift was a quiet day when I would feature hunt for the majority of my shift, catch up on emails and even work on self-motivated projects if I got really lucky. This summer has changed all of that. Almost every Sunday this season has been jam-packed with assignments and breaking news. It has certainly been an exercise in keeping me on my toes. On the other hand, these busy days have also been tremendous lessons in patience as well. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hectic chaos of fast-paced day but often I have to calm myself down when I realize that a situation has the potential to become a decent picture. Then, I must for the moment to come together. I saw these gals with their pom poms and knew they were waiting for someone special. But waiting with this group of people amidst so many competing moments was a big test for me but I was glad that I stuck with it. On top of the Falmouth Road Race, I also responded to a train verses pickup truck accident on the way back to the office and then had to cover the Pops By the Sea concert that evening. This particular Sunday ended up being a 14-hour day when all was said and done. To add insult to injury, on my way home I was met with traffic backed up to exit 5 on Route 6 at 9:00! Luckily, I know the back roads and at least my laptop hard drive held out yesterday and only decided to fail this morning, phew! I wonder what next Sunday’s adventure will be…
FALMOUTH — 032113 — Dee Lawrence and Margaret O’Hara swat at the ball during a therapeutic exercise session with a parachute at the JML Care Center. Federal cuts to Medicare reimbursement rates will impact nursing home facilities on the Cape.
I always hoped that in my career of community news I would eventually come upon a parachute scene. Us photographers, we are suckers for big graphic shapes with bright, vivid colors. I figured I would find my parachute picture in a kindergarten class or an after-school program, but I never envisioned I would be blessed with as glorious of a scene as this. I was curious when I heard the laughing and general amusement coming from the room as I photographed two other ladies painting paper mache Easter eggs. The PR person urged me to check it out. It was clear that he was proud of himself for being able to offer such an enticing opportunity for a photographer. I took one look around the bend and a huge smile stretched across my face. I whispered some sort of hurried, “Awesome! Thank you!” to the PR person and rushed over to the circle, suddenly panicked that this activity might be ending soon and I might not have a lot of time to work it. Once I fired off the nervous spray of initial shots, I slowed down and tried to imagine what I was really looking for — what I had been waiting to find for years of seeing friends and colleagues come back with these exciting, colorful moments from preschools. You see, sometimes when I come across something that already has a lot of visual potential, I freeze up and forget to strategize about making the best picture possible. I’m not sure that I made that happen in this instance but I’m happy with it overall because I enjoy the essence of it. I know that there was a lot of joy in the room in an otherwise often depressing place. So, for sure, this image was the highlight of my week perhaps even the whole month, who knows, maybe it will be my favorite photo of the year.
HYANNIS — 031313 — St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School fifth-grader Kevin Simpson, 11, looks back at other students as they watch the CNN coverage of the naming of the pope in an after-school study hall.
I wasn’t expecting to get much when I walked into the newsroom after shooting three back-to-back assignments, driving 0ver 100 miles only to be informed that I was being sent out with a reporter to capture the local reaction to the naming of 266th pope. I was pleasantly surprised when we found some prep school students with their attentions fixed on the CNN coverage AFTER school had already been dismissed. I realized I liked this photo as I was editing it mostly because it looks like Pope Francis is patting this student on the head or blessing him but I have to admit I didn’t conceptualize this as I was firing away. The classroom was dark so the projection of the news feed could be viewed better but this complicated actually showing the students. I made some frame of kids heads silhouetted against the screen and then Kevin turned around. I wasn’t sure if the picture would be more effective if he was in focus and the pope was in the background of vice versa. There’s no way to really know until you go back and look at your take so I tried to make different versions as quickly as I could and hoped for the best. I thought the back-focused ones would be more effective but, to my surprise, the frame with Kevin sharp worked much better. What do you think?
HYANNIS — 021713 — Jake and Lily Atwell, 4 and 7, try to remain patient while their dad, Dan, shovels the walkway for them before they get to run around in the fresh batch of snow.
I am posting these two snow features in the hopes that I will reverse the curse. So far, a significant snow falling has occurred every Saturday for the past two weeks and it’s forecasted again for tomorrow. You’ve made your point, Mother Nature, but, please, we have had enough. In all seriousness, snow work days are good in the sense that photo opportunities are everywhere but so are car collision close calls car. This is often quite stressful because I will see a scene I’d like to photograph but can’t find a safe way to pull over and park for a bit or it takes too long to turn around and the moment is gone. It’s a challenge but it’s yet another occasion to go out there and give it your best shot but for 2013, I’m all set. Let’s move on to spring.
BUZZARDS BAY — 021713 — Donald Grassi of South Plymouth wipes snow off of his car after having breakfast at Leo’s Resaurant on Main Street in Buzzards Bay. “This is normal,” Grassi said of the snow.