Spring is nigh. As is race season. I’ve been gearing up to continue my racer series this year, going through my scans and seeing what direction I should be pointing myself. Lo and behold I came across this gem. Dan Walker. A bit of a legend on the local circuit. Not sure why this picture didn’t make the grade first round, but it won’t happen again.
Just before Christmas I drove out to Cedar Creek Corrections Center, down past Olympia, out to where the Olympic Peninsula starts looking like the Olympic Peninsula. Spent the afternoon with dogs and their ‘offender’ handlers for a story about inmates training service dogs for veterans. Pretty interesting. Best part was a conversion with a guard about a very polite, unassuming elderly gentleman who happened to be an Aryan nation shot caller with a knack for making folks ‘disappear.’
Just before Thanksgiving I traveled to Fresno to photograph an Equal Voice story on the stalled U.S. farm bill. Thanks to assignment editor Brad Wong I got permission to stay on an extra day and shoot this essay on a Hmong family. It was one of best work days I’ve had in quite a while. Thanks so much to the Vue/Vang family all for letting me hang out.
Leenee Vue’s family came to the U.S. in 2004 after living in a string of Southeast Asian refugee camps, including a Buddhist monastery that did not provide education for girls. When the U.S. finally issued the family visas, they eagerly relocated to California. Now, living together in a two bedroom duplex in Fresno, Leenee and her family walk the line between preserving their cultural past and embracing a redefining, and at times disorienting future.
Photo essay here
I’m not much of a sports shooter, but I’m a fan, so it’s been nice covering Seattle’s metamorphosis into a football town. One of the team’s top players’ alma maters- a school out east- commissioned me to help illustrate Seattle’s adoption…nay, deification of the man. Apparently it’s a phenomenon that follows him wherever he goes. And I have to admit- the more I learn about him, the more I like the guy.
Jordan Edwards writes up my medium format racer series on his slick photo blog No Fiction. Some very nice stuff on there- definitely worth a look.
I got to spend some time aboard the Frayed Knot this weekend for a story about China’s embargo of U.S.-harvested geoduck. No one’s buying geoduck right now so divers have switched to other, far less lucrative fisheries like red sea urchin- and they’re not exactly happy about it. This boat was part of the Swinomish tribal fleet out of LaConner. Very reminiscent of another geoduck story I worked on a few Februarys ago with the Suquamish tribe, also for The Wall Street Journal.
The whirlwind started on November 18, when I left town for Fresno. A week’s worth of reporting, home for a night, then Thanksgiving with my dad as far from Seattle as one can get without leaving the continental United States. Short stay, then home to edit this project until late last night. Most time consuming of course was the video. Glad it came together. Thanks to Brad Wong at MCF for pushing this assignment through, and to Michael Mello for being a good sport every time I made him stop the car for what turned out to be nothing even close to a good picture. It was a fun assignment, and a timely story.