Saturday
Dec292012

Year in Faces

As I go back through the images for the year end issue of the Wise County Messenger, my favorite has to be the Best Faces of the Year.  On various shoots throughout the year, I am honored to record some of the faces and personalities of individuals throughout Wise County.  I have compiled a collection of some of my favorite images captured throughout the year and would like to share these with you, our readers.  I had an editor once tell me, "that the places are all the same, it's only the faces that change", nothing touches us more than the emotion of a great face.

Mobile users, the year in faces.

 

Sunday
Dec092012

Cody Duty......Son, Friend, Fellow Colleague

 

Where is he now? Starting from humble beginnings in Decatur, Texas at the Wise County Messenger, Cody Duty has traveled all over the United States shooting for various newspapers before settling in Houston at the Houston Chronicle.  His words today.......


 

"I must first say, that I am very honored to share my experiences and be featured on my father's blog, thanks for having me". 

Like many father-son relationships, my dad and I share a common interest. We don't fish or hunt, nor do we ride bikes or race cars, however, we do share a mutual love for visual communication.

As I returned home this past weekend, like always, Pops and I shared our new thoughts about the industry, as well as our opinions on the matter.  I am currently at the Houston Chronicle, a daily newspaper with an average audience of 500,000 readers, while my dad is at the Wise County Messenger, a semi-weekly newspaper with an average audience of 8,000 readers.  Despite these differences, we always seem to come to the same conclusion, the work and dedication, is the same no matter where you are, no matter the population of the city and no matter the amount of your readers.  There's always spot news to cover, whether a wreck with inuries/fatalities, various crimes with differing outcomes or other newsworthy reporting, the list could go on and on.  One thing remains the same for all situations, you always have to be willing to fight for a great story.  

No matter the subject that I photograph, it's always nice to trade opinions with Dad.  He may ask "why didn't you do this"? or say "hey that's great."  Other times, it may be "what the hell were you thinking, did you not see that pole coming out of his head"? But, I always remember that I am a mirror that reflects the same thoughts when needed as I look at his work.

Truthfully, that's probably why my father and I have such a great relationship, our honesty that we share for each other's work often transcends into all aspects of our lives. We can always be honest with each other no matter the topic.  

Here's a link to my most recent work. 


Cody Duty
Houston Chronicle
(832) 291-5252

 

 

A few days after i asked Cody for his words, the Chronicle chose him to head north and cover one of our nations most horrific events of all time.  I was so happy and honored that they had enough faith in this 24 year old photojournalist to send him to Connecticut.  But at the same time, I knew it would have a huge impact on his heart and soul.  This is the same young man that grew up with a camera in his hand and use to tell me," Dad, I just want to make a difference."  I would say, he's doing just that. 

 

Wednesday
Nov212012

They say...

Pictures are worth a 1000 words, good thing because I have a hard enough time talking, much less trying to compose a sentence.

 Here are my words!. Check out new upload to flickrflickr

 

Tuesday
Oct232012

Lemur moment

 

Looking for a different Halloween this opportunity presented itself at the CARE in Bridgeport, Texas last week. The Lemur is a funny little animal, kind of a cross between a spider monkey and a racoon with orange pumpkin looking eyes.  I found myself as curious about their nature as they were mine. These little furry balls of energy move like greased lightning so camera ready mode is a must!


This particular shot, due to the graphics makes it a addition to my favorites.  Looking for a different Halloween?  Go check it out.

Tuesday
Oct022012

Travel challenge

It's always fun to bring home a travel shot that abstractly covers the place you have just been.  Santa Barbra, California was the location, but this could have been any beach.

This was one of my three Favorites, the rest are located in Abstract creativity, a collection of my best on flickr.