Posts tagged Photography
Posts tagged Photography
Photographing Small Business Saturday for the Chattanooga Times Free Press & localvores everywhere.
Shake ya tailfeather
Ira Ray is dying.
There’s really no nice way to say it. Ira’s 85 (by her best estimate) and has a host of health problems, including a severe lung condition, that have put her under hospice care in her home.
But Ira Ray has lived.
Ira’s raised seven children, two grandchildren and a chubby chihuahua mix named Prada. She’s been through two husbands and two mill jobs– the first job was to support the family amid her first husband’s drinking and at the second job Ira met her second husband. When that husband aged and fell ill, Ira nursed him herself.
Ira says she’s not used to people taking care of her, but in the time we’ve spent together, I’ve seen only a beautiful give and take. Ira may not be able to “get in the kitchen and cook some supper,” the way she wants to, but she’s got great stories and even better advice.
Such is the case with her quilt. Her final quilt.
Ira had sewn the individual squares as her health began deteriorating, but is now in such bad shape she can’t stitch it all together. When they heard about this, volunteers from Hospice of Chattanooga began coming to lend their hands and needles to the task.
Both parties call one another a blessing, both parties say they feel lucky to have met one another. Both parties tell me I’m not allowed to repeat the gossip I hear during their sewing sessions.
I am so honored they’ve trusted me to document the story.
To see more from the story, watch my multimedia piece on Ira and read my article for the Times Free Press below the break.
Trying to strike a balance.
To Friday night lights.
Photos for the Chattanooga Times Free Press
The dregs of fair weather and fair season here in Tennessee.
Photos for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
This time of year.
Point of impact.
Potential puns to caption these photos:
Well, you get the picture.
Today at the TImes Free Press I photographed some sweet faces from the Chambliss Center for Children who may not have had the opportunity to trick-or-treat had it not been for the TVA offices. I can’t tell who brightened each other’s day more– the kids captivated by their candy or the employees dishing out treats, high fives and smiles.
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." – Thoreau
Market St. Bridge, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Among the millions of blogs on Tumblr, only a small number are contributors of original content: “the world’s creators”
And if you’ve ever looked at Tumblr’s Explore Page you might notice that Photography is oddly absent.
There’s #design, #art, #architecture and even #artists on tumblr — but no mention of anything related to the art of taking pictures with a camera. Even #film is a trap — it’s for movies, not analog photography!
We don’t think this situation is acceptable. So let’s Fight it.
We’d like to ask all original photographers on Tumblr to start putting the #photographers on tumblr tag on every single photo you post.
Photographers deserve more recognition among the Creators on Tumblr. Hopefully, by using this tag we’ll help the entire community of Tumblr photographers get noticed — and maybe one day we will see that tag on the Tumblr Explore page too.
Reblog this post and spread the word.
Photographers on Tumblr
My photo was picked up by the New York Times and I’ve never squealed louder in an office setting before. The New York Times has always been my journalistic North Star and to have my work come up when I search the site with my name is surreal to say the least.
I’m sure it didn’t occur to whichever editor pulled my photo from the wire that they’d make an intern at a Chattanooga newspaper so unbelievably proud.
Justin Baker and Mary Meyers are happy to have each other.
Mary serves as a foster grandparent, a senior who volunteers 20 hours a week to read to students, aid teachers and provide “extra love and support,” at an elementary school with a high rate of kids living in poverty, often in single parent homes. The program specifically seeks to place low income seniors in these positions, providing transportation and a solution to the social isolation that can come with financially tight retirements.
The foster grandparent program kicked off in Chattanooga in 1980 with fifteen participating seniors and now has just under 100 volunteers.
The kids vie for a spot next to their classroom “grannies” at lunch and are often tearful when the women leave at the end of the day.