I moved to Newport in June and am currently engaged in a yearlong photo internship at the Newport Daily News. I will be here through May 2008 and will go wherever the wind (or job options) will take me after that. This is my first time living in the Northeast and I love living here. From the smell of the ocean and the wind whipping my face to seeing the sunset-lit boats and bridges, everything about Newport and my job here is right for this point in my life.
I graduated from Indiana University in May 2007 with a master’s in journalism and focus in photojournalism. My favorite aspect of photojournalism is documentary work, but I also enjoy walking a few steps in the lives of many through daily work at the newspaper. You get to experience a little bit of everyone’s life in this job and it’s a privilege for someone to let you in to capture it.
In Newport, I have been learning the art of feature hunting and am continuing to strengthen my skills. One of my new goals is to take a step back and see the bigger picture. I love my wide angle lens and stepping in to get the emotion, interaction, and layers. I love the feeling of closeness and intimacy that a wide lens can provide, but I want to sharpen my ability to make a meaningful image from a distance with my long lenses.
I also hope in the coming months to play more with lighting, keep on plugging away with sports, chase a couple smaller photo stories and bite into a big documentary that will keep me busy in the last five months of my time in Newport. I might never live in this area again, so I want to live it to the fullest through my viewfinder.
I went to Eddie Adams again this year, but on the black team rather than as a student. All I can say is that IT ROCKED. I had the best time and was so inspired by the work of the students and seeing people’s portfolios. There are a million things I want to try, paths to pursue, and things to learn. There is way too much to learn in a lifetime… but I’ll let you know how it goes as I attempt it.