Spring has come and gone and we are well into the summer heatwave. Worcesterites were eager for the changing of the seasons after the dreadful winter we had so features came easy as folks took every opportunity they could to enjoy the fresh air. The graduations were plentiful. I lost count but I’m pretty sure I covered at least 15. I would have to say the highlight of my spring, was meeting and photographing professional daredevil Doug Danger. Doug has faced near-death experiences from wrecking on stunt jumps and most recently in his battle with Stage 4 cancer, but he has survived it all and is planning to pay tribute to his hero, Evel Knieval, by jumping 22 cars on his 1972 Harley Davidson in August. Mr. Danger has a matter-of-fact approach to taking on this challenge. He doesn’t appear fazed by his age, previous injuries or brushes with death. To him, this is simply his passion and it’s only natural that he would accept the offer to break another record, when given the chance. I put together a video of Doug performing some practice jumps for a crowd in Brimfield. Take a look, if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oae8yy5TI1c I also posted a gallery below of some favorites from the past couple months.
It has been one hell of winter out here in the heart of Mass. The snow came in heaps and it has been slow to melt but as I drove around today I realized that I’m finally starting to see more patches of grass and puddles than piles of slush. The pace continues to be brisk here at the T&G and my days are often unpredictable–the one constant being the weather, of course. I’m looking forward to getting to know the city better in the warmer temperatures. The above photo is one of my recent favorites. I was driving around, killing time before an assignment, and I saw Miss Liberty there timidly promoting her employer’s business. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind if I took some pictures of her and she agreed. A near-by elementary school just had dismissal so I was hoping to capture some kids interacting with her. Well, they all mugged it up for the camera and sort of spoiled that idea so I went across the street to try shooting long. She seemed a little uncomfortable that I was hanging around occasionally snapping pictures but I waited. I had to wait for the right moment and I think my patience paid off. I can’t really put my finger on it, but there’s something about her glimpse that really draws me in. It’s a little curiosity and coyness. I hope I didn’t bother her too much but sometimes you just know the picture is there and your stuck waiting for it to emerge.
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.