Sunday, September 02, 2012

The new Penn State

"A passerby walks past a mural near College Ave., on the campus of Penn State that features former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on August 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania."


Earlier this week, I was back on the campus of Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania.

This trip, I was shooting a story through Getty Reportage for, for a story titled, "Forging a new meaning for the rally cry 'We Are...Penn State'" which can be read here.

My roll of the team was to capture the essence of the Penn State campus as students returned to classes following the a scandal that has damaged this school's reputation, brought unprecedented sanctions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, jailed a former football coach for sex abuse, and prompted an ongoing investigation into allegations of a coverup by top officials.

I combed the campus and the surrounding areas for two days looking for everything and anything that visually told what has happened in the "Happy Valley" of State College.

A challenging assignment to say the least, I didn't want to make any repeat photographs that I'd made in many, many prior trips. I also didn't want to over shoot a certain angle, such as students returning to class.

I think the images fit the story told well. The article came out the day before kick-off in Penn State which debuted new head coach Bill O'Brien.


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