Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WKU Gets Locked Down

Today Western got locked down due to reported shootings on South Campus and outside PFT. It turned out to be a few fist fights with no shootings or weapon related activity. But the campus went nuts. Cops and S.W.A.T. were all over the place and everyone was stuck in their class rooms or in their dorms. Five people were arrested and a few people were detained. Didn't really get anything good, but here it is anyway.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lighting Midterm Photo Story

For our midterm for lighting we had to shoot a photo story on family. The family I found is a great example of the families everyone forgets about, or puts out of their mind. A five generation family living in one house in a poor part of town. Almost all the parents are on some sort of drug, ranging from painkillers to something needle related (haven't found out exactly what that is yet, though). Three children are also being raised (ages 2, 6, and 8), and their mother pawns them off on her mother or great-grandmother, which whom they spend most of their time. The children just recently started going school.
This is pretty much the bulk of the story, but I'm sure I find out more. I learn more and more about them every day. I plan to continue this as long as they let me.

This is the story, which we are only allowed to use 5 pictures for, one of which is a lit portrait. I decided to focus on Karen, the grandmother of the children. Eventually I will widen the focus to the entire family.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Labbie Love

This week I am working at The Mountain Workshops. MWS has been going on for 33 years, and students gather with professionals from the business and document a small town in Kentucky or Tennessee. This year is Mayfield, Ky. The weeks has just started and already it's been one hell of a learning experience. Unfortunately, I don't get to shoot this year, but it is great to hang around with some of the best in the business, and learn what it takes to be a better photographer.