Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March: A Month on the Road and a Master's

This last month, I spent 19 days and 5,100+ miles on the road seeing family and friends on a trip to defend my Master's project at the University of Missouri. I'd hoped to make double up on the trip by photographing a project along the way and finding funding for the project. 

I didn't have enough time to fully research the project, though, and instead stumbled my way out of town the day after I cleaned out an old roommate's left behinds and welcomed a new roommate into the apartment. 

It was a lot of 4am departures and long days on the road, thankfully with my puppy as co-pilot. Los Angeles was a welcome sight by the end. While it was refreshing and heartening to see so many friends and family, it was exhausting always being on the move - drives lasting longer than actual stays. But it was what I needed to do, and I'm glad I did it.

I'd also like a week off the road, if I may.

Here's a couple of the digital pictures I took along the way.

(thanks for taking the time to read and look)

Successful defense selfie


Thursday, February 2, 2017

LAX Immigration Ban Protests

It was a busy weekend for me covering protests at LAX. I was on assignment shooting basic footage of the protests. Per usual, I did my best to use it as an opportunity to photograph what was going on. 

This time, I even juggled a Facebook live stream as 25 detainees were released from LAX. Adding to that, I also try and send out updates via Twitter, which means I've always got something I'm doing out there. It's a lot to juggle, and sometimes it doesn't work out all that well, but I felt good about the work I did covering the protests.

It was also pretty incredible to be able to walk on the road at LAX without a vehicle near me. Anyone who's been at LAX knows the madhouse it is trying to navigate traffic there. I think one of the strangest parts of covering the protest was just how normal things could seem when the protestors were around the bend. Traffic was light, but you couldn't hear the chanting and it was almost like a normal day. If you didn't have to complete the loop, you might never know that there was actually thousands of people protesting just down the way.

Strange things. 

Anyways, here's a wide edit of the evening. Thanks for looking.

And reading.