Published: SNAP Magazine

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– Clips of my published work from the Summer 2015 issue of SNAP Magazine. The issue, titled “Bon Vivant”, can be downloaded for free through the Apple Newsstand for the iPhone or iPad. You can also view it on Hipstamatic’s website. Snap Magazine is published by Hipstamatic, and focuses exclusively on Hipstamatic and Oggl mobile photography.

Published: The Collierville Herald

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– Clips of my published work from the Collierville Herald in Collierville, Tennessee; including the “Collierville Herald Extra” sports magazine. The magazine highlights star athletes from Collierville’s highschools. Also included are front page photographs and photo spreads from the weekly edition of the Collierville Herald newspaper.

Published: The South Reporter

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– More clippings of my published work with the South Reporter, including “Slice of Life” articles and photos featuring local celebrities, teachers, and artists. My photography graced the front page for the second time this year with the Behind the Big House tour (clip enclosed here).

Video: PBS’ “Freedom Summer”

Video of Published Work Enclosed ——– In May of 2014, I had the honor of shooting some additional footage for a short documentary. The short is a bonus, and a part of PBS’ “Freedom Summer” documentary. It’s included on the DVD of Freedom Summer. The bonus video interviews Anita Walton Moore, currently the librarian at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. PBS says this about the clip: “The first black woman to earn a masters degree in library science from the University of Mississippi, Anita Walton Moore went on to become the head librarian at Rust College, the oldest Historically Black College in Mississippi. There, she has worked to preserve books and documents from 1964’s Freedom Summer. “Freedom Summer” premieres June 24, 2014 on PBS.” To describe which clips are mine, I shot most of the in-between footage of Byhalia and Holly Springs. The footage of Anita Moore and Rust College (along with any panning shots) belong to Cameron Hickey. I have to thank Cameron (http://cameronhickey.com/) for hiring me to do this shoot, and for updating the credits to include me! He was fantastic to work with, and I’m really excited about the finished product. See the bonus video of […]

Alex Mercedes Emphasizes Arts

“Mercedes Emphasizes Arts in Holly Springs” – a Slice of Life article (text as printed in The South Reporter on March 6, 2014) A performing artist inspired by every facet of life, Alex Mercedes teaches piano, gives lectures, and leads workshops that connect the mind and body. With a dream to introduce art to a small town, Mercedes left San Francisco in the summer of 2012 to come to Holly Springs and do exactly that. Her plan was to start an artist residency called the “Artist Retreat and Conference Center”, which would present the community with original works of art, inspired by the South. The residency would have been open to painters, writers, musicians, and performers. While the timing hasn’t been right for Holly Springs to host such a retreat, Mercedes’ dream to bring the arts to our town succeeds in a few unexpected ways. She shares her passion for music by teaching private piano lessons, playing piano at Grace Lutheran Church on Sundays, and by taking an active role in programs such as Behind the Big House. “It’s (creating art) about being open and inquisitive, and playful,” she says. Additionally, Mercedes offers workshops (or “playshops”, as she prefers to […]

Alisea McLeod, Slice of Life

“McLeod – Teacher, Researcher, Writer” – a Slice of Life article (text as printed in The South Reporter on March 6, 2014) Dr. Alisea McLeod, Professor of English and Humanities at Rust College, was recently appointed to be Rust’s new Interim Chair of Humanities. As part of the job, she’ll oversee multiple courses including Religion, English, Foreign Languages, Speech, Communications, and Mass Communications, as well as a tv and radio station. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like an overwhelming amount of work, but McLeod is delighted with the opportunity. There’s so much potential in this job to teach, and she’s excited to see students discover their life’s work. After all, it was during the pursuit of higher education that she found hers. And she’s been researching, and writing about it ever since. Grounded in history and genealogy, the subject of McLeod’s work was inspired by the personal experiences she had growing up. Her point of interest: the emancipation and migration of African-American families from the South. “Like many families, my family didn’t talk about the past very much. My father tried to, but I think at the time he was raising us, people expected you to have a new […]

Shannon McNally Yoga & Music

“McNally Balances Yoga, Music” – a Slice of Life article (text as printed in The South Reporter on March 6, 2014) The word “Namaste” has a new musical ring to it thanks to one Holly Springs resident. In between album tours, singer-songwriter Shannon McNally brings one of the most popular forms of exercise, yoga, to the gyms of Holly Springs through scheduled classes and private yoga sessions. In her classes, McNally stresses the importance of deep breathing for improved focus, strength, and balance. She asks students what they would like to improve, and then tailors each workout based on their requests. The workout is also adapted to meet the needs of students with physical difficulties, and so, is very inclusive. It all coincides with McNally’s mantra: yoga is for everyone, regardless of where you start. Students are encouraged to focus only on their own practice, and not to make comparisons with one another. The class results in a welcoming, and relaxing experience. “It’s like music,” she says. “You don’t know who needs it.” McNally credits her own yoga practice for teaching her to slow down, and focus. In this way, yoga has enriched the other creative aspects of her life, […]

Published: The South Reporter

Clips of Published Work Enclosed ——– When I moved back to Mississippi, I started writing articles and taking pictures on behalf of the Marshall County Historical Museum. The Museum produces a weekly article for The South Reporter on the history of Marshall County, the Museum’s artifacts, historical preservation, and other topics of interest. I especially enjoy interviewing locals about what they remember of our town from the past. The articles I write currently run on a bi-weekly basis, and some of my photography, both related and unrelated to the Museum, has also been published by the South Reporter.

2014 Calendar: Mickaboo Rescue

Screen Shots Enclosed ——– Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue’s 2014 calendars are now available to order! Similar to the 2013 calendar, one of the 2014 calendars features portrait photos of Mickaboo volunteers. However, in addition to the volunteer’s calendar, Mickaboo has created a second calendar that highlights Mickaboo birds exclusively (note: a couple of the photos were contributed by others – which not shown below). “For the Birds” is an in-progress series of photographs and portraits of Mickaboo volunteers, highlighting their compassion for the birds in their care. Click to purchase a calendar and donate to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue: http://www.cafepress.com/mickaboo

Chalmers Institute Receives $80k

“Chalmers Institute Receives $80,000” – a report from the Marshall County Historical Museum (text as printed in The South Reporter on December 19, 2013) On December 10, 2013, Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. (PMCHS) announced on their Facebook page that Chalmers Institute, located on 151 S. W. Boundary Rd., will be the recipient of an $80,000 grant from the 2013 Community Heritage Preservation grant program. The grant was awarded by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to further support the rehabilitation of the Chalmers Institute. Chalmers was originally built in 1837. In its occupancy, it served as a literary institute, a university, and later, a residential building. It has been unoccupied since the 1980s, and has been under rehabilitation since 2009. That’s the gist of the story. When we delve deeper into the grant’s requirements, the excitement expressed by Preserve Marshall County is more easily understood by, well, the rest of us. Grants are, generally, difficult to get. In this case, one can’t even begin to apply for such a grant without first being an official “Mississippi Landmark”, which involves another process of application and evaluation. Only nonprofits and municipalities can apply, and the property must […]