I have a love/hate relationship with Midwest winters. A fresh blanket of snow makes everything look so magical… until I have to go clean the 6 inches of heavy snow on my car and drive down an unplowed alley to get into work. Of course, when most of the city is out on a snow day, “work” means covering the storm’s aftermath...[continue reading and see more photos on reFocus]
It's no secret that I'm easily distracted by interesting details while on assignment. My guides and reporters find this charming, I think (hope). Here's a recent outtake from a shoot at Apache, a Cedar Rapids-based company specializing in fabricated belting and hoses.
While touring the new US District Courthouse in Cedar Rapids a few weeks ago, a sculpture installation by Ralph Helmick in the atrium caught my eye. The silhouettes of 12 Iowans, the number on a jury, are represented in the piece. I've covered the building's progress from the ground up, including photographing local painter Fred Easker before he'd even begun working on his paintings for the new space. More photos and the story here.
While covering presidential candidates is nothing new to most photographers working in a swing state, we don’t usually cover both candidates in one day. So, this Saturday’s rallies in Dubuque were a unique challenge to photograph each candidate in a balanced way for both the print edition and online galleries. ”Obamney” seemed a fitting name for the day’s adventures, and I took to calling the local media work area “Obamneyville.” Some similarities are inevitable at campaign events like these, even when the degree of access is pretty different, so I’ve put together a series of diptychs from the day’s coverage, over on reFocus.