Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Goodies for Gabe | Final assignment for The Daily Herald

It is always interesting to see what your final assignment turns out to be after working for an outlet for an extended period of time. After all, the concluding shoot that feels like a milestone in your career is, in fact, only another assignment in a newspaper that will continue to publish, years and years after you leave. That being said, something still tugs at you about your final work for a particular publication. While the picture is nothing to write home about, I'm glad my final image for The Daily Herald held an importance and a good cause for a tiny young man named Gabe. Enjoy.


Zeke, top, and Gabe Stevenson, bottom, pose for a portrait on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at their home in Cedar Hills, Utah. Although the two are identical twins, Gabe was born with cerebral palsy. Actions are being taken to organize and receive donations to benefit the young man and his family.

Celebrate Reading | Pleasant Grove, Utah



David Boren, principal at Scera Park Elementary, right, gives an animated read-through of "Bubba the Cowboy Prince" to a group of children during the second annual Celebrate Reading program Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at the Pleasant Grove Library in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The program was created and put on by the Alpine School District.


John Patten, a volunteer of the Alpine School District, laughs at another costumed reader during the second annual Celebrate Reading program Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at the Pleasant Grove Library in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Demolition Derby | Eagle Mountain, Utah

Time and time again, Utah proved itself as a visual wonderland. Just as other internships have before, Utah presented a unique palette - both in subject and mood - to wield when making photographs. A demolition derby in Eagle Mountain was no exception to the rule. An eye-popping ballet of smoke, twisted metal and daisy dukes brought me into my favorite zone as a photographer: a focused, clear-minded peace that only a compelling subject can muster up. Enjoy the destruction!



A driver crawls from the burning wreckage of his vehicle after getting T-boned by another driver at the Pony Express Days Demolition Derby Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Rodeo Grounds in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Nearly 3000 attendees packed into the sold-out venue to watch the family-friendly destruction.



Corbin Larsen, 18, of Fairview, Utah, center right, chats with friends after his defeat in a rookie heat of the Pony Express Days Demolition Derby Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Rodeo Grounds in Eagle Mountain, Utah.



A driver playfully motions to another within the rink before the start of a professional heat at the Pony Express Days Demolition Derby Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Rodeo Grounds in Eagle Mountain, Utah.


Hayden Marble, 17, center, sends a text message to a friend from his perch on the thrashed hulk of his vehicle at the Pony Express Days Demolition Derby Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Rodeo Grounds in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Nearly 3000 attendees packed into the sold-out venue to watch the family-friendly destruction.


Zack Carter, 20, hurries to reattach a wheel to a friend's vehicle after a particularly rowdy rookie heat at the Pony Express Days Demolition Derby Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Rodeo Grounds in Eagle Mountain, Utah.


Cars collide with reckless abandon at the Pony Express Days Demolition Derby Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Rodeo Grounds in Eagle Mountain, Utah.


A driver takes a moment to catch this breath while repairing a vehicle after a destructive heat of riding at the Pony Express Days Demolition Derby Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Rodeo Grounds in Eagle Mountain, Utah.