Wednesday, February 15, 2006


I've been away from the keyboard for several weeks now. It almost seems as though the previous picture spoke to how busy I've been lately. ( it me or has there been a bevy of single finger salutes on photog websites? #2 getting the #1, TVPhotog is loved by his sister, and Jorge is making friends all over hippieville.)

When I was finally able to return to the world of photogblogs, I noticed I was having a different sweeps outcome than some of my lens toting brethren.

I've been without a reporter for the last 3 months. I've been riding solo on the morning shift trying to find live talk-backs, covering house fires, and car crashes. Double that up with things being really slooooooow in Michiana, and you have a photographer scouring for ideas.

Thankfully, I came up with some. Even more thankfully they turned out great.

I'm sure it's been done before but I pitched a series of stories about things that happen overnight. Since I was without reporter I got to do these on my own taking some time to do them right.

This job is so cool at times. Here is what I did:
  • I got to roam the presses at our sister daily newspaper.
  • I got to ride shotgun with two of South Bend's police officers on the 3rd shift.(Thanks Jim and Sheldon)
  • I got a box of the finest Belgian pastries this side of the St. Joseph river
  • I got to wash it all down with some frest milk.
In and of themselves these stories may be mundane. However, they all gave me a chance get to know a person and tell their story in an intersting creative way.

Of course they don't post overnight stories at the double duece, so I won't be able to stimulate the cerebrum more than with a few dozen words.