Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best of 2010 | Features, Portraits and News

"Tia Simpson shares affection with Collin, her newly adopted 22-month-old son from Haiti, at her Lehi home, Wednesday, Feb.17, 2010. Simpson is one of a small number of families in Utah County that have recently adopted children from Haiti following the tragic earthquake."

We don't have much breaking or spot news in Utah County; rarely ever of the grief stricken. I am not complaining - it's safe and not much tragic happens (comparing to Baltimore); which is a small positive in the world.

So in terms of images, it's tough to "compete" with my peers when it comes to newsworthy, emotional and touching photographs that tend to tell a complete, memorable story.

The above are from daily assignments, wild art, small feature stories, portraits, and the one of no more than three spot or breaking news assignments I covered in 2010 in an eight month period of time.

Since a lot of news is light in our coverage area, I feature hunt and shoot standalones usually multiple times a week, which makes me rely on what I think is one of my biggest strengths - my vivid, colorful and fresh perspective, which as Strazzante said better than I could, "images that rely more on composition and color than on a specific moment." In addition, I'd also add light and subject to that list.

But I had a talk with an editor earlier this year about that word - moment. Maybe it's the newspaper way of defining a moment, but I'd fight to the end that every image above is indeed a moment.

Of the above, my favorite story was getting the chance to shoot the adoption of Haitian children with two separate families. The story was compelling, relevant, both families were very open and I was able to spend a day with each. I wish I could have spent more time with them - possibly following them from Haiti or another day - alas we run a tight ship in the photo department.

I almost forgot about shooting Holi - which was a colorful playground.

Otherwise, I feel like I spent a lot of time telling the stories of those that live in the southern part of the county which offers a western, cowboy, farmer type of lifestyle that I find utterly fascinating.

So without further adieu, here are my favorite features, portraits and news from 2010.

As always, feedback welcomed.


Blogger Ana Isabel said...

I absolutely love these!!! Nice work!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Detrick said...

impressive for 8 months of shooting! can't wait to see what you produce in 2011.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:00:00 AM  

I really do appreciate that man. To be honest, if I do win, it all is just going to feel cheapened with you out! haha, I hate that, but it's the truth. I just hope you get back to doing what you do best sooner than later. If you ever want to come shoot the Kentucky Derby, bourbon, or kids drinking mountain dew from baby bottles just hit me up. Best to you brother.

Monday, January 03, 2011 1:04:00 PM  

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