When a newspaper photographer had one task, shooting still photos, finding peace with your work was much easier. You gave everything to shooting great still photos.
In the fragmented world of a multi-platform journalism, excellence is diluted between shooting stills, shooting video and taking time out to of that split to spit out a few fragments for immediate web updates. I tend to give video the most attention while multitasking, so choosing between the 121 shorts I produced this year was difficult. I love them all.
The best video is often the least planned event for video, the most candid, when you have one and only one chance to catch people being real.
Marrying your first love at age 75 – You never forget your first kiss. There is some tension in the background while a 75 year old bride waiting to make her entrance at the altar takes a few patience moments to tell me how a first kiss can “haunt” your life and in a few moments her first bond will find peace.
Engulfed in fire – On the way to a church assignment in York, a fire breaks out within a couple blocks of where I’m driving. It isn’t often you can record a fully involved structure
Todd Platts announces departure – I have documented the departure of two long time congressman serving York County. A touching moment with family in a public life. Behind the scene: I just grabbed a D3s out of the box and didn’t have a clue how it worked yet. I learned quickly.
Pastor Rooney’s last service – An emotional sermon from the heart, peppered with stills of hugs and archive photos, from a man who loves the people he served.
Shady Dell Memories – Decades teenagers visit their former teen hangout and share their 60 years of memories beginning with century old Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider, whose father built the house in 1913. Vintage live music on the old dance floor melts memories into dance.
Rescue baby ducks – Ducklings rescued from a busy highway exit ramp after they fell into a storm drain. Two motorists stop their day for a couple hours braving rain, mud, poison ivy, and climbing into the drain. A touching random moment that ended in me pushing a state police crusier out of the mud.
Healthy World Cafe – Sometimes random beautiful music just happens that becomes the sound track for a video.
Mitchell Stambaugh talks about when he first heard his son was killed in Afghanistan – Family talks from their heart in front of memorial for their son at their home a few hours after they learn he was killed. It isn’t often that a father can express the moments when he saw two soldiers walking up his driveway.
Age of Elegance – Moments before contestants of the Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America 2012 Pageant learn their fate, there is no stress, just dancing. Sometimes people old enough to be grandparents become sweet 16 again. Capturing dreams with video.
Voter ID Protest – A rally outside the state capital turns loud inside as protesters to the new voter ID law try to attend a reply by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. It’s not often that you can follow an angry protest from outside to a quite room of government officials. The sound of angry voices behind a closed door brings new urgency to the situation.
Farewall Andy Etchebarren – York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren ends his 50 year baseball career. Brooks Robinson sees him off with a funny story. Capturing the defining moments in a public figure’s life are the moments that document history.
Teen killed – A shooting scene in York is often a place devoid of information. Neighbors don’t want to talk for fear of getting involved and family often unapproachable. In this case, family members were open to talk from their front stoop, which melted into the back yard with a memorial service. Incredible, just in the access of the moment.
Finding life in Death – Documenting strong people puts your life in perspective and empowers you to share their strength with the world. Michele DeMeo is in high spirits and grateful although she is in end stage ALS, has cancer and pneumonia. She talks about what is important in life.