August 31, 2006 on Random Thoughts
I got a job! My very first one and I am very proud, especially since it was getting down to the wire(my internship is finished next Friday), and I hadn’t gotten very many responses to my resumes/inquiries.
I am going to be a photographer for U.S. Newswire, a company that writes/photographs/distributes press releases for non-profits, government agencies, and corporations. So I’ll be shooting conferences, openings,special events, portraiture.. etc. U.S.Newswire is a division of Medialink, which is based out of NYC.
The office is right downtown in the National Press Building, right
next to the offices of other papers and magazines. I live about 30
minutes from there now in Virginia, so I am going to be moving into
DC next month, and right now I’m looking at places to live there. I
might be living with $$, or if some unfortunate turn of events occurs, alone.. so I will need lots of friends visiting me. And Mich, I promise promise promise I will either:
A) Move to NYC within the next 4 years
B) Visit you every single weekend OR as much as is humanly possible
But you know that DC has perks too… a great rock music scene, a whole street dedicated to dance clubs, and millions of fun people to meet! Plus, I’m going to be getting paid to do photography!
August 29, 2006 on Random Thoughts
There is actually a real person named Marvin Pro-Life Richardson, who legally changed his middle name two years ago to reflect his views on abortion. Richardson was running as a gubernatorial candidate in Idaho until the state courts decided that they won’t allow political statements on the ballot — so Marvin is not allowed to use his full name. He must simply be Marvin Richardson. So, he was kicked off his party’s ballot.
Read more at the Idaho Press-Tribune.
August 28, 2006 on Videos
It’ll melt your heart!
Jim & Pam:A love story
August 28, 2006 on Random Thoughts
That was an undercover reference (a sort of title pun, if you will) both The Network (possibly Green Day en masque — a conspiracy!) and my favorite A$…
Money is here and today we are looking at apartments for a (possible) move to do our (possible) new jobs. Hopefully we both get offers this week and life just gets clear and easy.
August 24, 2006 on Information Graphics, Maps, Photography and multimedia, Work
At USA TODAY I have produced a number of projects, mostly photo and audio galleries and a lot of graphics (charts, maps, diagrams). Today I start my first video project, so that’s going to be fun. Here are some links to some work that I’ve done or helped with here:
MTV’s 25 Anniversary: I chose the photos and put together the slideshow for this project.
Lebanon-Israel Conflict Interactive: I helped with research for this graphic on the conflict in Israel and Lebanon.
The Nation’s Obsession with Millions: I did the map and chart for this graphic about U.S. millionaires.
I worked on two pieces for a series on our National Parks in Trouble. The first one was a slideshow on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I combined the video and audio into the slideshow.
I also produced the slideshow for another piece in the series, The Battle to Save Gettysburg.
And, on other topics: If you love The Office, check out their website, which has webisodes about the accountants, fake PSAs, and more! I also just found Brandon’s photo blog from his internship at The Charlotte Observer, and his stuff looks great. There is also a great post-Hurricane Katrina then & now done by USA TODAY.com.
August 23, 2006 on Multimedia, Photography and multimedia, Work
This is a two-month post-project recap of the Atacama Stories project in Chile. It’s a long story so I might resort to installments unless my day continues to be as dry as it has been, in which case this post will just be really long.
The amazing country of Chile and the super cool group of people working with Atacama Stories made the entire experience probably the best one of my life. Having traveled my share, I know that the people make the difference in the experience and I was fortunate enough to be with a lot of smart, talented, and fun ones.
In the Atacama, I expected the dry air and blue skies. But the snow-topped volcanoes on the horizon and the small pueblo shops and houses were a surprise. The beauty of the place was alien: dusty, barren, and dry.
I was assigned to the mining section, and was partnered up with Andres, a delightfully chatty Chilean from Universidad de los Andes. We spent five nights in the coastal town of Tocopilla working on our story about Piquineros, or small pick-axe miners in tiny mines, like rat-holes, in mountainsides. We met four men, Artemio, Rafael, and Pedro Pablo (times two). We stayed in a sketchy motel with bread and butter for breakfast, and ate lunch at the “Jennifer Restaurant”, where we could get marisco soup, coke, and just about anything else for $3. We spent a lot of time deep inside the dusty mine, getting to know the miners and their passion for their craft. We visited three of their homes, all very different. Pedro Pablo Vega lives alone on a mountainside in a shack, with no water or power. He uses one of the mining lamps for light and heats water for his bath in the sun. He has a radio he listens to during dinner and he cooks outside on a fire. Rafael, on the other hand, lives in a roomy, clean (if cluttered) house on a crowded street with his 6 children. They loved us and told me they wanted a picture of me to frame and put on the wall!
This picture of Rafael Cortez was taken inside the Mina Teresa, where he spends the day extracting copper and filling wheelbarrows for the others to take outside. The project turned out pretty well, and I had a lot of really good experiences working on it.
On the nights I was in San Pedro, we hung out at Katarpe Hostel, where we were staying. It was really fun getting to know everybody and goofing off.. drinking Pisco Sours and Piscolas (Mi favorita!) and… speaking spanish! I was a little disapointed that I didn’t get to see any of the sights, like the geysers, volcanoes, flamingos, or salt flats because I was in Tocopilla most of the time. But at least I got to see the Pacific Ocean from South America! Now I have seen the Pacific from Asia, NA, and SA.. only Australia to go! :)
Once we finished up our stories we headed to Santiago. I ate a lot of food “Italiano”, basically with palta (avacado), tomatoes, and mayonnaise. And, a lot of empanadas.