Abstract of the week


Life on the Line

Life on the Line, latest in video.  This is a three part series about life as a train operator.  Sometimes it's looking at the other side of the coin that gives us the whole perspective.

Life on the line from Joe Duty on Vimeo.

The Stories

Part 3 

part 2

Part 1


Remembering, Wise County style

911, I still remember where I was when the planes crashed into the towers, it's just one of those things you never forget.

I wasn't working for the Messenger behind the lens at the time, but was still no less impacted.  I felt for the victims caught up in the tragedy of a tragedy wondering about the faimlies and loved ones that were unaccounted for.

One year later covered the anniversary of the event that shook a nation, it was felt from coast to coast and in the middle was Wise County America. The emotion that was evoked one year later was so moving I cant imagine being anywhere close to ground zero and the tragedy.

Today I got the feeling that so many people had either forgotten, weren't old enough to remember, or have just chosen to put it on the back burner because of the dramaticness of the subject. None of us want to think of the pain of yesterday and surely not celebrate, however, remembering the ones and events that shape our country is always important in life.

From moments


Football unchained again!

The 2012 Football season started about a month ago with the arrival of the fall sports tab! I think this will be my favorite of all despite all the work put into it. 

Have to say the graphic artist spent even more time to make this one of the best ever.

I just enjoyed the creative side of lighting, the goal: create a dramatic lighting that separated the subject from the background for the graphic boys! From there we chose a second shot depending on the school and character portrayed!

Getting to know all these kids and working with the different personalities and picking the appropriate character was a challenge in itself!

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Good to meet you man!

I get to do a lot of features on different subjects. I think information or gathering of perspectives is the payoff in my field, so I run with the creativity when possible.

This particular feature comes from agriculture in the fact that grasshoppers have taken over Wise County! Two different species look as if they are shaking hands before a boxing match. 

From abstract creativity