Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Weekend Debauchery | Seattle, Wash.

Spent one evening of Halloween weekend out on Seattle's Capitol Hill, consorting with drag queens, sharing beers with a horse-headed party animal and trying not to get accosted by passing ghouls. I failed on the last part. Regardless - it was a classic Pacific Northwest frightfest. Felt great to break in the new camera body in such an unforgiving situation while sharing a holiday with close friends. Oh, and thanks to Carey Rose for his photographic abilities in capturing the rogue drinking horse... Enjoy!










Monday, October 15, 2012

Late October | Ballard, Washington

After extensive moving and travelling, I'm settling back into the Seattle vibe. Enjoy some miscellaneous pictures from around my home.  Expect more of these kinds of posts; having gone full freelance with The Emerald Collective as of two months ago, I rediscovered the freedom of making pictures with no purpose but for simple personal content. Enjoy.





Saturday, October 13, 2012

Musical Healing | The thanatologists of Providence

The Seattle Times recently published a story comprised of images and video on musical thanatologists Jeri Howe and Claudia Walker (harp and voice musicians who play by bedside to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the dying) from Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. After hearing of the practice years ago in my college town from Bellingham Herald photo editor, Russ Kendall, I kept the story in the back of my mind for a later date. This package of work is a group effort by myself, Genevieve Alvarez (Final Cut Pro wizard), Angela Gottschalk (picture editor) and Danny Gawlowski (multimedia whiz). See the original "Picture This" post here. Huge respect to the families and patients who allowed me to photograph such sensitive scenes - my heart goes out to you in the form good faith and positive thoughts for the well-being of you all. Thank you.


Musical thanatologist Jeri Howe, left, offers a quiet performance to Katherine Lyons, right, and her daughter, Liz Dobler, center, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. Lyons was most recently hospitalized from pneumonia, but also suffers from myelofibrosis and cancer. Howe - along with a second harpist, Claudia Walker - work split weeks under the auspices of the Spiritual Care department with the hospital's Sacred Harmonies program. Their music, soothing and therapeutic for terminally ill or uncomfortable patients, is offered as a sort of sonic vigil to help people sleep, meditate or find a sense of peace.


Claudia Walker, right, and Stephanie Storie, center, gently talk to Teedie Storie, left, who suffered from a random ascending aortic aneurism Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. "We had just gotten to church yesterday when my mom said she felt a shooting pain in her throat and chest," Stephanie Storie said. "We rushed her straight here."


Over the notes of a harp played by Claudia Walker, right, Stephanie Storie, center, kisses her bedridden mother, Teedie Storie, left, who suffered from a random ascending aortic aneurism Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. "We had just gotten to church yesterday when my mom said she felt a shooting pain in her throat and chest," Stephanie Storie said. "We rushed her straight here."


Focusing and feeling the soft notes from her harp, Jeri Howe works through one of several songs for patient and stroke victim, Albert Lundeen, not pictured, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash.


Framed by the curvature of a harp, Nona Jones, a patient suffering from dementia, is offered a song by musical thanatologist Claudia Walker Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. The sounds of the instrument have eased confusion and distress in past patients.


Musical thanatologist Jeri Howe, foreground, plays a vigil for, from right to left, bedridden James "Jack" Adams, son Charlie Adams, daughter Catherine Lau-Bingham, grandson Bryant Lau and friend Mike Stokesberry on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. James Adams passed away less than a half an hour later. Howe - along with a second harpist, Claudia Walker - work split weeks under the auspices of the Spiritual Care department with the hospital's Sacred Harmonies program. Their music, soothing and therapeutic for terminally ill or uncomfortable patients, is offered as a sort of sonic vigil to help people sleep, meditate or find a sense of peace.


Musical thanatologist Jeri Rowe, left, performs a song for bedridden patient and stroke victim, Albert Lundeen, right, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. Howe - along with a second harpist, Claudia Walker - work split weeks under the auspices of the Spiritual Care department with the hospital's Sacred Harmonies program. Their music, soothing and therapeutic for terminally ill or uncomfortable patients, is offered as a sort of sonic vigil to help people sleep, meditate or find a sense of peace.


Musical thanatologist Claudia Walker takes a moment to compose herself in the quiet space of a relaxing room Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. Walker - along with a second harpist, Jeri Howe - work split weeks under the auspices of the Spiritual Care department with the hospital's Sacred Harmonies program. Their music, soothing and therapeutic for terminally ill or uncomfortable patients, is offered as a sort of sonic vigil to help people sleep, meditate or find a sense of peace.


Musical thanatologist Claudia Walker, center, holds the hand of Clara Murphy, 77, right, as they chat following a harp song by Walker on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. Murphy had requested her song to be Native American in its nature, reflected of her heritage. She was hospitalized for acute respiratory failure. Walker - along with a second harpist, Jeri Howe - work split weeks under the auspices of the Spiritual Care department with the hospital's Sacred Harmonies program. Their music, soothing and therapeutic for terminally ill or uncomfortable patients, is offered as a sort of sonic vigil to help people sleep, meditate or find a sense of peace.


As she does after each patient performance, Walker files a report with the details of her visit Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash.

And the video:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Ghost | EAW XXV


Eddie Adams Workshop XXV • The Story | Johanna Shaver

Each of the ten photographers on Team Turquoise (aka, the best EAW team of all time) was locked into the theme of "tough cookies / girl power" for our individual stories. I was assigned to shed light on the story of Johanna Shaver, a 16-year-old girl who, in a tragic accident, lost her leg in lawnmower accident at age four. Since the event, Shaver has sported an artificial limb to countless sports games - tennis, swimming, cross country - and has gone on to be known as a beacon of hope and determination in the Jeffersonville community for her unrelenting persistence in pursuing a wholesome lifestyle, despite her handicap. Getting to know Johanna, was quite simply, an absolute pleasure.  A bright, bubbly young woman with a huge heart and a knack for giving me a hard time.  I was ecstatic when she and her mother attended the final slideshow at the end of the workshop to view my images (and be massively embarrassed by a standing ovation for her awesome-ness).

And for the behind the scenes reminder… After dumping off my cards to editors and rushing off to presentations, my work was downloaded, sifted through, tagged and slimmed down. My lead editor, Santiago Lyon, of the Associated Press, carefully considered each image by our team's photographers to craft a concise 8-12 image edit for every individual. The following is just that for Johanna's story. Enjoy.












Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Eddie Adams Workshop XXV | Johanna - The Extra Pictures

Due to the tight deadlines, no sleep, a crammed schedule and a different editing tastes, a number of images either get omitted or left out entirely of each person's final EAW story.  Below are a number of images that were tagged as keepers from my time with Johanna, but never made it to the final edit. Enjoy.









Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Eddie Adams Workshop XXV | Team Turquoise Portraits

Reppin' Team Turquoise until the end. Loved my teammates, our leader Emilio Morenatti, our editor Santiago Lyon and producer Natan Dvir. Below are a couple sheets of final day portraits of everyone - no sleep and all.'