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In October I was asked by the Ohio University alumni magazine to photograph the OU-Zanesville nursing program for a story commemorating the 45th anniversary of the program’s founding.  The assignment was simple enough; arrange a day to visit the school and document the students and teachers in their element, but was made truly enjoyable by the friendly and candid nature of everyone at OU-Z.  Some of the students even invited me to photograph them during a demonstration exam, because apparently exams aren’t stressful enough.  Or maybe it was just a sign of “I’ve got this” confidence from the students.  Either way, I’m very grateful to the alumni magazine, Ohio Today, for the assignment and to everyone at OU-Z for letting me spend the day with them.

Assistant Nursing Professor Susan Dowell demonstrates the proper procedure for cleaning a tracheotomy to a group of third year nursing students on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Assistant Nursing Professor Susan Dowell demonstrates the proper procedure for cleaning a tracheotomy to a group of third year nursing students on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
The badge for Ohio University - Zanesville's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is seen on a student's scrubs on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
The badge for Ohio University – Zanesville’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is seen on a student’s scrubs on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Assistant Nursing Professor Susan Dowell demonstrates the proper procedure for cleaning a tracheotomy to a group of third year nursing students on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Assistant Nursing Professor Susan Dowell demonstrates the proper procedure for cleaning a tracheotomy to a group of third year nursing students on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Nursing student Seth Helser has a laugh during a class lecture on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Nursing student Seth Helser has a laugh during a class lecture on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Nursing students practice taking the pulse of plastic mannequin baby that is specially equipped to have a heartbeat, amongst other medical functions, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Nursing students practice taking the pulse of plastic mannequin baby that is specially equipped to have a heartbeat, amongst other medical functions, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Nursing student Brock McClain practices taking the pulse of a patient while Assistant Professor of Nursing Christy Vickers watches on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Nursing student Brock McClain practices taking the pulse of a patient while Assistant Professor of Nursing Christy Vickers watches on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
An Ohio University Zanesville decal adorns a window on campus on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
An Ohio University Zanesville decal adorns a window on campus on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

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BIg Walnut's Brayden Shepherd throws to first base while the wind blows his hat off during Big Walnut's game at Delaware Hayes High School on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
Big Walnut’s Brayden Shepherd throws to first base while the wind blows his hat off during Big Walnut’s game at Delaware Hayes High School on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

I once heard somebody say that there were two kinds of sports photographers: “Crunch” photographers who were adept at catching every last moment be it the gruesome tackle, the quirky blink of an eye instance, or the game winning play, and “Style” photographers who were best at milking the light and creating the most beautiful, graceful image.  While I’ve always considered myself to be more of the latter, during my time at the papers I worked very hard to try to bridge the gap between the two styles to become a more well rounded photographer.  While I still have a lot of work to do, I know that this image above is definitely something I probably would have missed 2 years ago because at the time I might not have thought to shoot a routine grounder during the 3rd inning in harsh mid afternoon light.  But I’ve been coaching myself to be a more disciplined shooter, and not let things slip by my lens anymore.

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.

 

David Lingmerth hits his second shot into the 18th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, June 7th, 2015.

Another exciting year at the Memorial wrapped up earlier this year in June, and while I could wax poetic about how photographing golf combines two of my biggest passions, I’m just going to show some pictures instead. So enjoy some shots of the biggest names in the sport, Spieth, Rose, Day, Woods, and eventual champion David Lingmerth who outlasted Justin Rose in a playoff to win his first Tour event.
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From left to right: Olentangy Liberty lacrosse players Jake Worrell, Drew Gouhin, and Jackson Druckenbroad pose for a portrait on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  All three will go on to play lacrosse for Ohio Wesleyan University. From left to right: Olentangy Liberty lacrosse players Jackson Druckenbroad, Drew Gouhin, and Jake Worrell pose for a portrait on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  All three will go on to play lacrosse for Ohio Wesleyan University.

Took a little extra time with this portrait of three lacrosse players from the same high school who will be going on to play together in college. Luckily these guys were very patient and great to work with, which I’ve found is true of most high school athletes, so long as you promise that they’ll look like badasses in the paper.