Day 1.

Yesterday was a hard day...

No athlete wants to be taken away from the game that made them who they are. The SU Soccer Team Captain has been working for two months to rehab a broken foot suffered in the NCAA Final Four. He was supposed to be cleared this week... That was until Monday night, when he felt a pop in his shoulder. 

Wednesday, an MRI revealed a posterior labrum tear in Liam’s left shoulder… The SU captain will be away from soccer for another six months. 

His words, “It is not how you start but rather how you finish. There is no question that these next 6 months will be a test physically and mentally for me. I will come back stronger and I will be back on the field for one last time with the boys." 

Over the next few months, I will be following Liam's journey back on to the pitch. Please follow along at #TheReboundProject

 

My (old) Friends

I spent some of my weekend reunited with my best friends from earlier days at The Daily Orange.

Chase and I fought through some brutal nights on the photo desk, but they helped us both grow together. I'm happy we got to share that experience and so proud to see him shining at The New York Daily News.

Lizzie is by far one of the most creative and talented people I have gotten to know in my time at Syracuse. We did some amazing work together while at the paper and I'm happy to call the Washington Post's coolest designer my friend.

My Name is Everything

Working as a photographer is difficult. Working as a student photographer is even harder. 

As a child of the technology revolution, I try to understand that things happen fast and the most important things often get overlooked when it comes to producing content. While in class today, I noticed that Dick's Sporting Goods published a blog post containing a handful of photographs I have produced over the last six months for Storelli. 

I still get excited seeing my work published, it gives me a rush every time. But as I scrolled through the blog post, I realized a glaring issue. My name was nowhere to be seen. By the time I got to the end of the blog post, the company's name had been mentioned dozens of times and mine not once. 

I try to keep a good report with everyone I work with, but this hit a chord with me. After a few urgent emails, the issue was resolved. My name was under every photograph and I received great feedback after sharing. The difficult lesson is that this is a quick fix for most editorial sites. But for the ten days the blog post existed without my name attached, those images were dead ends that could eventually lead to new work for me. 

Every day brings us a lesson. Sometimes it is not positive. The blog post can be found below: 


Syracuse Takes Down The Irish

Syracuse outscored, out-rebounded and ultimately, outplayed #25 ranked Notre Dame in their victory Thursday night. After Notre Dame jumped out to an early lead, the Orange turned up the intensity and never looked back. This win will drastically improve Syracuse's chances of making it to the NCAA Tournament.  In addition to an entertaining win, fans were given free glasses to go with their hilarious outfits as part of "Dress like Jim Boeheim" night.

My images from Thursday night's game on assignment for The Daily Orange. 

Daydreams

The transition back from break and into class is never easy. My mind is still in the whirlwind of my Winter Break. The craziest thing is that I will probably never make this transition again. One more term in these walls before all of this gets put to the test... 

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing daily photographs examining the emotions and relationships I experience day-to-day for my senior photography capstone. 

 

 

Internship pt. 1

When I came to Syracuse University, all I wanted to do was photograph the basketball team.

But, I quickly discovered there was much more to this community than the orange-crazed fans that pile into the Carrier Dome a couple times a week. I have always wanted to explore and discover the neighborhoods and characters that lie inside the old walls of this city. After five semesters of wishing and dreaming of opportunities to get off the hill the Syracuse Hill and into the city, I was lucky enough to be placed into my first photojournalism internship at Syracuse Media Group for the spring semester of my Junior Year.

In my first six weeks, this internship has provided me with so much more hands-on experience and training than I could have imagined. The opportunity to work with SMG’s fantastic photo staff and editors has been invaluable to my growth and understanding of what it takes to be a part of fast-moving and developing online news publication. On my three favorite assignments, I have met unbelievable community members, photographed young champions and celebrated with local icons.

My first and, perhaps, most memorable assignment with SMG took me through the city of Syracuse, photographing the Housing and Homeless Coalition’s annual winter count. I photographed two volunteers as they searched and met people that would be sleeping without shelter on a bitterly cold winter night. As a student, I seldom get an opportunity to see what work is doing around the city to combat issues such as homelessness. On just another sub-zero night in Syracuse, I was able to do my part.

There have been so many memorable assignments since the homeless count; each one reminding me how valuable my camera is as a means to explore the world around me. I am always excited Thursday and Sunday mornings when I receive an email telling me to head to a humid high school swimming pool, or to photograph gallons of green-colored beer flowing down the streets of Tipperary Hill.

For the second half of the semester, I hope to spend even more time in the office learning from editors as I begin to explore my own stories. I also plan on taking full advantage of the experienced and talented core of staff photographers I am lucky enough to be a part of.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Thanksgiving morning usually starts on the couch with the Dog Show...

Usually.

Alcatraz 1.

I was so lucky to be able to return to sunny California for a few days to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family this past week. When I was getting my things ready for the trip home, my dad told me that someone asked him to shoot a swim from Alcatraz to South End Rowing Club & The Dolphin Club of San Francisco. So, being the supportive son I am, I thought I should come along to make sure everything went well.

After a couple of emails, I was along for the ride and set up to photograph the 119 swimmers participating in the group's biggest organized swim to date. Minutes before heading out on a larger boat with over 50 passengers, I was convinced to hitch a ride with a rower so that I could be right on the water. I could not be happier with the results. If this is my new Thanksgiving tradition, I would be a happy man. 


A Tale of Two Evenings

When I heard that Bill Clinton was coming to town, I knew that the final days of Congressman (D) Dan Maffei's reelection campaign would be interesting. I left the representative's rally of support on October 24th thinking that I would be photographing an election party 11 days later. However, as the votes trickled in on November 4th, the mood at Onondaga County Democratic Election Night Party was just about the complete opposite of what I was anticipating. Don't believe me? Let the pictures show...

An American Landscape

There are some opportunities that you simply can't turn down.

In our first two years studying photography side-by-side, Drew and I have become very close. So as we started planning our junior years at Syracuse, we also began our next great adventure — getting there. 

Armed with all of our belongings, our photo gear and our truck named Humphrey, we set out on the open road for a week-long trip through America from Northern California back to Syracuse. With the help of some books on Route 66, our Google Maps app and Yelp!, we charted a course and made stops in some amazing places that neither of us will soon forget.

Ever since we got back to Syracuse, I have been looking for a picture to show that we finally made it. After days in our new house without power and days of rainstorms, I began to give up on a final "we made it" photo.

That was until Saturday afternoon when I came back from getting groceries to see my beautiful girlfriend sitting on my bed. On her way back from her first summer in 'the real world' she came to see me off before my next big adventure.

I think that I am finally ready to start my year. 

Double Exposure.

When I look back on my sophomore year, I will not only remember the milestones I reached, but the people that I met along the way.

George Lambert spends his days picking up what we have left behind. But inside this man’s heart is a passion that makes him no different than the students he picks up after: A passion that he and I share. 

Early last year, when I was still in art school, I would notice a man walking around the darkrooms and editing suites.  Every once in a while, we'd be working on projects at the same time, but I never took the time to even say hello. Later that year, I saw the same man pushing around two garbage cans in Newhouse... Ever since the first time I saw George in Newhouse, I was captivated and I knew I would eventually need to tell this story.

When I first approached George about working on this story, at the beginning of the semester, all I knew was that he was a janitor who was studying photography. Throughout the developing and planning stages, I kept praying that this project would lead to the discovery of the next Vivian Maier. But, I quickly discovered that George will not be remembered as a janitor. He will not be remembered as a photographer. To the people whose lives George has touched, he will be remembered for his smile, his sense of humor, and his reminder that everything in life is a gift. 

This is my first story that I have produced completely on my own for a publication. Please let me know what you think. And next time you see George in the hallways of Newhouse, give him a smile. 

http://dailyorange.com/2014/04/in-development-newhouse-janitor-pursues-degree-at-syracuse-university/