Each time Sara talked about the shoot she wanted to do, it got more elaborate, eventually including makeup and costumes somewhere in the woods. Then one Saturday afternoon in November, when we were both stressed out about other things and in need of a break, we decided to scrap the plans and just go shoot. We didn’t even know where we were going when we started driving.
Keys for the Hill City is a new public art installation in Lynchburg: 5 donated pianos were decorated by local high school students and placed along Main Street for anyone to use. I have played them a few times in passing and regularly see people use them on their lunch breaks or while walking around in the evenings. We are all hoping they are treated well so they come back again next year. I followed students at Brookville for a month as they worked their piano and put it together as a slideshow after it was unveiled.
Covered a high school band competition and was reminded of my own years in the trumpet section. Combining artistry with precision and emotion with discipline, all within a group setting, requires a unique skillset. It was great watching this group get excited, silly, bored, nervous and finally relieved. Long live the band geek!
Seventh-grader Logan Elliott takes shelter under his desk during The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at Rustburg Middle School. The worldwide drill was started in 2008 to educate people on what to do if an earthquake hits. “I hope we don’t ever need to use them” said Tim Hoden, Director of Operations for Campbell County Schools, “but we want to prepare students in case we have a crisis.”
Liberty University turned around their worst start to a basketball season ever (0-8) and managed to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. As they took the court in Ohio, I photographed the watch party at the LU basketball arena, watching students react to the roller coaster of a game that ended with a missed layup and a one-point loss.
The Mizzou Alumni Magazine contacted me in January about running one of my photos from the inauguration and doing a short Q&A. I enjoyed the questions they sent and it got me digging through my photo archives from high school for some old shots, like the one below. You can read all my deepest thoughts and see some more photos online here.
I was fortunate to photograph Maya Angelou speaking at Randolph College last week. She covered a variety of topics, peppered with recited verses, and urged everyone to check out a book of poems from the library. “You need to know the poetry. You need to have it in your hands,” she said. After all, she added, “the poetry has been written for you-—each of you.”
Swimming pools are notoriously poorly lit. I’m not exactly sure why that is but it seems pretty consistent across the board: YMCAs, colleges, high schools, athletic clubs… Last week I photographed a swim practice and I tried using a remote flash. I got a lot of junk but I think a few came out alright.