Friday, December 28, 2007

Tie Pin

I had to cover a benefit dinner the other night at Urban Flats in honor of Justin Gaines, a Duluth boy who has gone missing after a night at Wild Bills, a popular night club in Duluth. Family members along with employees and guest in attendance displayed pins that read "Have You Seen Me", to help in their efforts to keep Justin's name and face in the forefront of peoples minds. This is an out take from the night, but I like when my eyes see this way....

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fallen Boots

Empty combat boots symbolizing U.S. soldiers from Georgia that have been killed in the Iraq war lined Main Street in Snellville Thursday evening as part of the traveling Eyes Wide Open exhibit of the human cost of war. The exhibit was brought in by the American Friends Service Committee in cooperation with the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition and the Gwinnett and Dekalb Citizens for Peace. The exhibit has traveled to nine previous cities in the last month. “We are trying to challenge the language of support the troops,” said Tim Franzen with the Georgia Peace and Justice coalition. “Support the troops is not just a slogan to be thrown around during war times, we must support them both in war and after.”

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

False Alarm

Upon arriving at the boat ramp by lake Lanier today, I saw this.... There were cops that sped down the road in front of me on my way there and at the time I had no idea why. When I got to the ramp I saw some concerned citizens and a wheelchair just chillin at the end of the ramp. One of the bystanders had called the police because he thought someone had fallen in, come to find out it was a resident of Gwinnett who was just out for a stroll in his Kayak on the lake... Better safe than sorry I guess. At least the clouds made for a fun photo!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas Lights

Tis the Season... for photo assignments of Christmas Lights. Nothing like aimlessly driving around in search of shinning overdone brightness. Now, if only dusk would last for a few hours;)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Old School

I shot H.S. basketball tonight, it seems to be turning into a nightly event. In order to keep myself entertained during warm ups I looked around for something fun to catch my eye. I saw this scene in my mind and automatically I was brought back to my freshman year of high school and was reminded of all the countless hours I spent practicing an instrument I now vouch to never pick up again. Yes, at one point I played the clarinet.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Through Their Eyes Gallery

A Moment to define a Movement: 10 of Atlanta's inner city at risk youth set off to silence the excuse of "you don't know what it's like"

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Through Their Eyes gallery last night. Such an incredible night. The moment that sticks out in my mind the most is when one of the youth walked in and saw his photo blown up 3foot by 4foot and he started to cry. He said that he never knew someone cared so much about what he had to say. That will forever ring in my head as the reason why I do what I do... Everyone is searching for someone who cares. On Sunday night, these youth were shown that not only do people care, but that there are people out there who support them and want to help them bring change to their communities.

I shot mostly video during the event, so stay tuned for a future post....

This last photo is a mock room we had set up in the gallery. One of the goals of the night was to raise money for a visualization room which would be run by Essential2Life, an urban youth development organization in Atlanta. This program would provide continued photography and video training for the youth.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Swimming in December

When I walked out of the sub zero temperatures which were the outside today and into Swim Atlanta in an instant my lenses fogged up, moisture started appearing on my camera bodies, and my hair started to frizz. What a great way to start the day.

After many splashes and high school kids pointing and laughing when I got my jeans wet, these photos are what I walked away with....enjoy;)

Mill Creek senior Jordan Evans is one of Gwinnett's top swimmers and has signed with Georgia Tech to swim as a Yellow Jacket.

Mill Creek senior Jordan Evans holds the state and county championship title in the 100 Buterfly for last season. Evans has gone on to sign with Georgia Tech to swim in college.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Holding onto Freedom

"Even though weathered and torn
Freedom still fights to hold on"

This photo is the outcome of some down time during my assignment this beautiful afternoon. The thing that got to me about this particular flag is the fact that those affiliated with the establishment decided to let it fly, even though it is clearly tarnished. After all, who wants to be responsible for ending an era of freedom.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar

After a weekend of amazing talent all gathered together in my city, I am at the least inspired. With mixed emotions leaving this incredible weekend, I am ready to step it up and tackle the industry that is photojournalism full force -- even if it means diving in blindfolded and stumbling my way around. So, on the forefront of my continued photojournalism adventure lies more multimedia and a greater dedication to this profession that I love, both on and off the clock. So stay tuned for more inspiring, creatively driven vision straight from my eyes.

But for now, here's some fun shots of our weekend mayhem;)

Bubble Gum

Tonight my heart and head was in Gainesville at the FlyIns gallery opening with my fun photo friends... BUT.... my body and camera where here at work shotting the annual homicide victim vigil. At least there was a piece of bubble gum to keep me entertained.

6-year old Erinn Williams stands with her mother Tamara Williams as they hold lit candles in memory of sister and aunt Roslyn Daniel Tobias who was a victim of a homicide. This years annual Victim of Crime Candlelight Vigil honored 44 victims who had been killed over the last year.