Focusing on quality photojournalism is a passion
I love photojournalism.
It’s a particular form of journalism involving the collecting, editing and presenting of news material for publication that employs images in order to tell a news story. They are visual images of a story that back up a writer’s words. In the case of papers like ours, a photojournalist likely will be the writer as well.
Photojournalism allows the world to see through the eyes of the photographer for just a moment. It is about showing the world a story of something that really happened.
I can still remember back to my college days of taking a photojournalism class in the darkroom. Our younger generation may ask, “Darkroom? What the heck is that?”
Well, in those days, photographs were taken with film before being developed and processed in a darkroom. It was a labor-intensive process that, quite honestly, I don’t miss one bit. I spent many hours in a darkroom trying to come out with great looking photos.
In college, I learned from the best. John Cross, who up until recently was a photographer for the Mankato Free Press, was my instructor. Even back when I was in college, he worked for the Free Press. I always admired his photography.
Whenever I am out on an assignment, I am constantly trying to find the best way to tell the story through photographs.
Many photographers, especially at small town newspapers, love to line people up in a chair or group setting and snap a photo. Not me. From an early age, I had it drilled into my head to find other ways to take photos rather than “line ‘em up and shoot ‘em.” In fact, my first publisher refused to run photos of people just standing there looking at the camera. Guess what? That meant I better find other ways to take photos or I had an angry publisher with no photos to put in the paper.
I like to capture emotion and feeling of what the event is all about. I think it’s important to share It doesn’t mean, however, going to great lengths to sneak around in inconspicuous places to capture a photo and jeopardize getting in trouble over it.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to take in two of the largest celebrations—next to the county fair—in Dodge County. The weekend was packed with the Big Iron Classic and Marigold Days. Both events allowed me to practice the photojournalism that I have learned throughout my career.
I hope you enjoy the photographs that I am sharing with you in this week’s paper as well as any future paper. I must admit it is hard at times to pick out the best photos because I take so many different ones. I wish I could use them all, but we wouldn’t have enough newspaper pages to do so.
I’ll give you a little hint about how well we do photojournalism at the DCI. In a few weeks, we’ll be winning an award of an event that happened last year. Stay tuned for more in a few weeks. (You really didn’t think I was going to share the whole story, did you?)
It’s time for me to go in hot pursuit of covering more events where I can share my love and passion of photojournalism.