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Two-time Heisman trophy winner and current senior adviser for Ohio State's Office of Advancement, Archie Griffin, poses for a portrait.
Two-time Heisman trophy winner and current senior adviser for Ohio State’s Office of Advancement, Archie Griffin, poses for a portrait.

One June 3rd of this year it was announced that the New Media Investment Group of New York, N.Y. would be purchasing the formerly family owned Dispatch Media Group where I have worked as a photographer for the past three years.  Because this is 2015 and those of us in the traditional journalism industry have been conditioned to expect the worst when things like this happen, there was one thing that immediately came to forefront of everyone’s mind.  Unfortunately, for me, that fear turned into a reality a couple of weeks ago.

However, I am not writing this in hopes of eliciting any sympathy, as this has happened, and unfortunately will happen again, to hundreds of journalists more talented than me.  Rather, I am writing to bookmark the end of one chapter of my career, while looking optimistically towards the future.  I know that while the destiny of the publishing industry may be undefinable at this point, I am confident that strong visual storytelling will play a large role in whatever future that might be.

I could go on and on about how amazing my editors and fellow journalists have been to work with and how the people of Central Ohio have a special relationship with the The Dispatch that makes working in this community a truly special dynamic between citizens and journalists, but, it’s not like I’m skipping town just yet.  So instead of getting any mushier than I already have, I’m just gonna shut up and show some pictures.

during Alton Darby's summer enrichment camp on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

 

Whitehall-Yearling football coach Rod Lightfoot poses for a portrait in the school's gymnasium which is currently under construction.
Whitehall-Yearling football coach Rod Lightfoot poses for a portrait in the school’s gymnasium which is currently under construction.
Sara Assefa, 8, runs from an exploding bottle of soda pop after pouring candy mints into it as part of the science program of the summer reading club at the Reynoldsburg branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
Sara Assefa, 8, runs from an exploding bottle of soda pop after pouring candy mints into it as part of the science program of the summer reading club at the Reynoldsburg branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
Suzanne Robinson poses for a portrait in her in-home art studio on Tuesday, August 5, 2015.  Robinson's work will be displayed at the Hayley Gallery in New Albany.
Suzanne Robinson poses for a portrait in her in-home art studio on Tuesday, August 5, 2015. Robinson’s work will be displayed at the Hayley Gallery in New Albany.

 

 

Independence head football coach Maurice Douglas poses for a portrait with his son Kieren Douglas who is a football player for Pickerington Central.
Independence head football coach Maurice Douglas poses for a portrait with his son Kieren Douglas who is a football player for Pickerington Central.  Pickerington Central will play Independence this upcoming Friday.
Worthington Kilbourne's Alex Coddington watches after his tee shot as rain falls during the OCC Capital golf tournament at Apple Valley Golf Club in Howard, Ohio on Monday, August 10, 2015. Gerald Baird poses for a portrait at Minerva Lake Golf Club on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.  Baird, 90 years old, is the reigning champion of the of the National Senior Games of America's golf tournament.
Gerald Baird poses for a portrait at Minerva Lake Golf Club on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.  Baird, 90 years old, is the reigning champion of the of the National Senior Games of America's golf tournament.
Gerald Baird poses for a portrait at Minerva Lake Golf Club on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Baird, 90 years old, is the reigning champion of the of the National Senior Games of America’s golf tournament.
A player heads into the clubhouse after nearby thunder delayed play during the OCC Capital golf tournament at Apple Valley Golf Club in Howard, Ohio on Monday, August 10, 2015.
A player heads into the clubhouse after nearby thunder delayed play during the OCC Capital golf tournament at Apple Valley Golf Club in Howard, Ohio on Monday, August 10, 2015.

 

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