>> Oct 18, 2008
For those who aren't familiar, every year the photojournalism department at OU has a project called "Dawn 2 Dusk." Basically, the gist is all of the photos students go out and shoot between dawn and dusk, and then the faculty edits the photos down for website and a section in the Athens News. This was the first year I was able to participate and the theme was "Going Green in Athens County."
I spent the morning at Green Edge Organic Gardens, an organic farm in Amesville, Ohio. I may just have to get my own dog, so I can always have him at my disposal to walk in and out of frames.
The last photo is going to be the cover photo for the Athens News pullout. I'm surprised, too.
We had to do a deadline assignment for class on Tuesday. We had a little over an hour to go make a photo. I chose the topic of "Business on Court Street" and spent some time with some old folks from Orlando at the Court Street Diner.
>> Oct 11, 2008
I think I'm going to keep going to a football game every Friday until the season is over. This is fun. If I had to shoot strictly action every week, it probably wouldn't be as fun, but hunting around for feature and graphic stuff is a blast.
My friend Sam and I are thinking about combining our projects and adding some audio to it. He kept his all in color, and mine is all black and white.... maybe we'll alternate them throughout the slideshow.
>> Oct 10, 2008
Some guy named Barack was in Chillicothe this morning. Apprarently, he's a pretty big deal.
Couldn't leave a political event without Christopher Morris-ing someone in a suit.
The fun stuff is on it's way. I shot a roll and a half of Holga film while I was there as well. Hopefully I can get that scanned in sometime this weekend.
>> Oct 6, 2008
Back at The Refuge over the weekend, continuing to work on my story. I feel so lucky to have a place to work on my story where they embrace me with open arms and tell me to come back whenever I want. A great group of guys there and I hope they all follow through with the program and keep their lives going in the right direction. Here are some images from the weekend...
I've got these 2 frames of Purnell and Keith taking a walk, and I'm going to use one of them in my story. I can't decide which one, I'm a terrible self-editor. I like the symmetry and light in the first one, but there's something about the flow and composition of the 2nd one that I can't let go of.
Opinions from the peanut gallery are always welcome.
>> Oct 4, 2008
I was at Trimble High School on Friday night, hoping to make some more dents in my Friday Night Lights project I'm working on (not even for class! - I hope my self motivation in photography never wanes). I could show you a bunch of other stuff from the game, but I ever time I turned around, the mascot was doing something that I thought made a good frame.
>> Oct 2, 2008
I've been working on a project on a place called The Refuge. It's about 15 minutes away from Athens, in Vinton County. The Refuge is a place where men struggling with addictions and substance abuse problems can come and stay for 4 months to get their lives back on track. After their 4 month stay there, they move on to another program in Columbus for 8 months that assimilates them back into the working world. It's a Christian run organization and the emphasis at the farm in Vinton County is for the men to strengthen their faith and to learn work ethic. Many of these men have been homeless as well, so the program is set up so these guys are working on the land and doing whatever jobs need to be done all day. They spend their free time reading the Bible and various other texts assigned to them. It's really amazing where some of these guys have come from and it's great that they are on the road to getting another shot at life. I've been showing up at 6:30AM the past few days to photograph their morning routine of Bible readings, praise and worship, and prayer.
The last frame I made on the path that leads up to the home at The Refuge. I was a little early and didn't want to knock on the door before people were up.
That's all for now. I'll post some as I continue to work on it.