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Welcome 2011 January 14th, 2011
After looking at my coworker and good friend Rob Hart’s blog recently, I knew I had to step-up my game and get my own blog in order. If you are wondering why I haven’t posted since January, chalk it up to my pregnancy, the birth of my son and all the stresses of being a single mother with two jobs and two dogs. So even though 2010 was challenging, I am stronger for it and hope to channel that into a great 2011. I would like to thank you – my friends, family, coworkers and bosses — for all of your support during my 2010 trials and tribulations. Your kind words, understanding, thoughtfulness and assistance made it possible for me to get back on track. I am blessed to have a fantastic family and an awesome extended family of friends and coworkers. I also have a great job which takes me on new and exciting adventures all over Chicago and the suburbs on a daily basis. Speaking of work — I snapped this photo on the way to a job assignment the other day. It pretty much describes my new life. Sometimes you just have to throw your hands in the air and do the best you can. Let’s hope 2011 brings more fun photos and exciting adventures to all of us!
Bobby Lee Payne has been pushing his cart around for 8 years on Roosevelt Rd. on Chicago’s west side and advertises businesses on the side of his cart. The company Rod Outs pays him 20 dollars a month for the exposure. He shovels snow, picks up scrap metal, removes refrigerators & stoves. and gives short rides to people in the neighborhood.
Inscriptions From My Heros May 11th, 2009
In my photography career, I was always taught to stay connected to the ones that fuel your journey. If you are inspired by other photographers, contact them, learn from them, ask questions and listen. Photojournalism is an extremely competitive field, but we have a responsibility as a group to ethically report life. Talk to your teachers, colleagues and elders in all aspects of life. The best photojournalists are humble and most are willing to share their stories. All you have to do is listen. These are some of my favorites.
I just recently was lucky enough to meet with Peter Turnley in New York City. I have always been greatly inspired by him and his brother’s work. His images make you feel very close to the subjects. He also runs some pretty amazing workshops, and if I ever get enough money, I will attend one.
Art Shay is one of my favorite old-time Chicago photographers. He inspires me because when I look at his photos, it makes me proud to live in this great city. He also has a great sense of humor in person and in his photography.
Dave LaBelle is an amazing person and photographer. This is one of my favorite books to look at when I feel uninspired. It always makes me think about what I am doing wrong and helps me re-think assignments that I may find boring, turning them into something interesting.
John H. White - my hero, my guardian angel - the reason I am who I am today. I had John H. White as my photojournalism teacher at Columbia College, and if it were not for him, I would not be a photojournalist today.
Phil Velasquez was another one of my favorite teachers at Columbia College. This is the letter of recommendation Phil wrote for me to get into the Eddie Adams workshop. I did not get into the workshop that year, but I learned so much from Phil, mostly about how to shoot sports, which is one of my favorite things to photograph.
Jon Langham - Jon was my photo editor at Pioneer Press, my mentor for the past nine years, a father figure and good friend. He gave me my first chance as an intern in college, then hired me as a staff photographer later. This was my first review. I laugh at it because I am still horrible at Photoshop. Jon was recently laid off and my heart feels heavy for him and all those around the world getting let go as newspapers disappear. My days may be numbered as well, but I will always look back at the times I spent with Jon and all my other colleagues and think how lucky I am to have been a part of this.