I teach two photojournalism classes and like to think I’m pretty easy-going, understanding & forgiving. There’s one excuse for not handing in an assignment, though, that just doesn’t fly…and shouldn’t. Any guesses? YES, exactly! “There was nothing to shoot.” Reading from the tattoo that all photojournalists are given by their first picture editor: “There is ALWAYS something to shoot!” It was in that spirit that I took the collection of pictures accompanying this post. None of these was what I intended to shoot when I headed out this morning. But, when the “best laid plans” go awry, well…what’s a guy to do?! So, here’s what came out of my Plan B efforts. Oh, side note to any of my students who might be reading this: all these photos were made in just over an hour and within a few blocks of where I parked. :–)
Cormorant delivering a stick to its nest at Duck Pond in City Park, Denver, Colorado March 26, 2015. Copyright Mark T. Osler. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Read More
Like his images, Nachtwey's Lifetime Achievement Award (from ASME) acceptance speech is concise, powerful and important.
If you've got an extra minute, once you've watched, reflect on what he has to share. If you have longer, there are other links on the page worth exploring.
A LOOK BACK ON THE CAREER OF JAMES NACHTWEY: http://ti.me/1Dq4SQE LIFE AFTER WAR - PHOTOS FROM WALTER REED HOSPITAL: http://time.com/3595931/life-after-war-james-nachtweys-photographs-from-walter-reed/ THE ROHINGYA, BURMA'S FORGOTTEN MUSLIMS: http://lightbox.time.com/2014/07/10/rohingya-burmas-forgotten-muslims/#1
My daughter's school went into lockdown today after a weapon was apparently found in the high school that shares the middle school building. I drove by to see how serious it was. Not much going on when I arrived. Not sure if it was more active before I arrived. I was just getting ready to pull out to pick up my son at his school when I got pinned in by an ambulance and fire truck...uggghh! So, figured since I was stuck there, I might as well do something useful. This is certainly not much of a news photo...largely because it wasn't much of a news event. Still, it's the first even semi-news photo I've taken in...geez, a while (to be specific) :–)
In the photo are the first two non-official people to leave the building after the lockdown was lifted, along with a Denver police officer in the foreground. Thought I'd share because...well, just because!
Last Friday, we woke up here in Denver to a thin sheet of ice on everything. I didn't get the picture of me wiping out on the stairs as I came out of my house -- THAT would have been a picture! I did, though, get this fun little shot. Not quite as effective as aspirin for my poor aching body...but it was some consolation! Happy New Year all!