I mainly post photos here on this tumblr, and (shamless plug!) on my other tumblr ”Cellular Mitosis,” ALL I post is photos (cellphone photos, specifically), but my actual day-to-day job is as a video journalist.
This year was a pretty big one for me, as I moved from shooting and producing for The Washington Post to the Washington bureau of The New York Times.
I’ve had the pleasure of creating several video stories I was really happy to see run this year, and, as this is the only year I’m lucky enough to have bylines in two of the nations major daily media outlets, I thought I’d share them here.
Early in the year I got to indulge my love of the outdoors and ridealong on a Snakehead Census where they catch, tag, and release the fish using an electro-fishing boat! Turns out the invasive species may not be as damaging to local ecology as once thought.
Long Exposures, 150 years in the making:
In July, I traveled to Gettysburg to do a story I’ve longed to do for a while—meet up with and document one of the few photographers that still practices wet plate photography—one of the first forms of photography and the process that was used during the Civil War.
Coping with Loss in Moore, OK:
I feel compelled to warn you that this is a tough one to watch for me, and I was there and had to rewatch it while editing in my hotel room. Lucas and Noah Patteson survived the tornado in Moore, OK under a mattress with their mother, but several of Lucas’s friend’s died in a school collapse, and their house was destroyed.
I wasn’t expecting the family to let me spend several days with them as they tried to rebuild (they are on their way to a new house, by the way), or that Lucas would volunteer to open up to me about his friends, but I am humbled that they felt comfortable sharing these intimate moments with me.
This was easily the toughest story I reported this year, but I was continually amazed by the people I met in Oklahoma—incredibly kind, polite, and open despite everything they were going through.
Where There’s a Will, There’s Wale:
I started listening to Wale back in college and actually got to see him and J.Cole perform at SU when I was a student there. It was pretty neat when I brought this up to them backstage and they started to reminisce about their early touring days. In this video, I tried to create a moody profile of the artist Wale is trying to be.
Shooting Back: One Man’s Crusade Against Gun Violence in DC:
This was another tough one to shoot and edit, and the last video I published at The Washington Post. Curtis Mozie, AKA “C-Webb” has been documenting gun violence in DC for decades with his handheld camcorders. He has a fulltime job at a rec center here, but devotes every other minute of his life (and I am not exaggerating when I say that), to his “tapes,” that document street life and it’s consequences. The years of doing this have clearly taken a toll on him mentally and emotionally, but he still pushes on. A truly amazing man.
A City in Limbo:
This was the first doc-style video I produced for the Times, and it was pretty cool that I got to work on such a major story so soon after starting (also cool: I got to lead the homepage!). This video looked at the various and far-reaching ways the federal shutdown affected DC, the nation’s federal city.
It’s always cool to see an outside the box pitch come to life. This video pairs shots before and after the federal government restarted to visualize the difference between a city effectively closed, and then reopened for business.
Washington Comes Out:
I learned a lot about the history of LGBTQ activism in DC while reporting this, and it was nice to be able to share a large part of the fabric of the city I’m calling home with people everywhere.
The World of Spycraft:
Another honor to be able to work on what is probably the largest story of the year: the fallout of Edwards Snowden’s leaks. This particular story was so absurd that it called for a special treatment in the video. What better way to talk about videogame espionage than in a videogame?
The Clinton Connection:
Working with Jonathan Martin on this recent story was a blast, and Arkansas is very intriguing state politically. With Hillary Clinton possibly eyeing a 2016 presidential run, it will be interesting to see how these 2014 state races pan out.
The Duck March:
And finally something lighthearted. I shot this video and Ben Laffin did an absolutely stellar job editing it. I also believe it’s the shortest video on the page so if you scrolled down and just want to see cute ducks that live in a hotel, give it a click.