“A Diary of Favorite Shots” — In January, I looked for additional photography work. By February, I found some, and my personal photography updates slowed down. I’m now training in a new photography-related job, waiting (and excited) to see how things work out. Hello Jan + Feb introduces more shots from my personal work in the last two months, and includes some new Hipstamatic snapshots. A handful of others accompanied recent articles in the South Reporter, which will be featured on the “Articles” page soon.
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.
“A Diary of Favorite Shots” — December ushered in television and eating. With part of my work put on hold due to holiday breaks, I dug up some of the lost gems of recent photo shoots, and looked into retooling my social media (again). I’m constantly on-and-off with Instagram (due to a like/hate relationship), but have finally learned how my tags are working (or not working). I still have more to learn, but it’s getting better. My snapshots on Flickr continues to grow in leaps. The platform is working out the best for my work and late-night post schedule. I also like the exchange I’m building with photographers I admire. Facebook, however, continues to be, by far, my worst social media, and I haven’t figured out how to grow it yet. But I can’t really dwell on it right now. Now, with the holidays behind us, I’m dwelling on article writing, scheduling shoots, and job hunting. I made a huge update to A Sweet Hello that reflects this. I’m actually really proud of this update. It’s the most focused one yet, and the template structure (the same template I’ve had since late 2012) gives me the flexibility to move things […]
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 $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 […]
“Archiving the School Room” – a report from the Marshall County Historical Museum (text as printed in The South Reporter on December 5, 2013) For the last month, the quiet of the Marshall County Historical Museum’s third floor has given way to the sound of shuffling paper. The scratch of a pen often follows it, and stops. Then starts again. Down the hallway where the typewriter collection sits, there’s a room with thousands of books and periodicals. They wrap around the walls, and more are piled onto desks, just below a chalkboard. Two large portrait paintings of Holly Springs’ school officials hang with authority over a small row of empty benches. This is the School Room, and Martha Fitch is at work, leaning over her notebook. An homage to old fashioned, single-room schools, the “School Room” isn’t an exact replica of an old schoolroom. However, with three desks, it is arranged to embody the spirit of one. The room houses the bulk of the Museum’s education-related items, including law books, encyclopedias, and vintage classroom photographs. If you find the theme a bit strange, in the context of the Marshall County Historical Museum, it makes perfect sense. Each room of the […]
“A Diary of Favorite Shots” — Not much can be said about November. This month I began interviewing locals for the Museum’s newspaper articles, and I branched out by taking day trips out of town.. which is where many of these “November” snapshots originated. Until this point, I haven’t had enough driving experience to do this, so it was a big step for me to take these mini-road trips around the South. Other projects this month were put on hold when I picked up seasonal work, and following that, everything slowed down for the impending holiday season. These last two months of the year are, almost always, the months when I feel the most anxious to work. It becomes a struggle to shoot through the dreary weather, and I have to create projects that won’t rely as much on other people’s availability during the holidays. Projects don’t always line up at this time, and I have to remember it’s sometimes better to huddle down and do whatever is readily available to do. Going into December, I’m expecting my plans to take a slight detour, but there is plenty to look forward to, and several people I’m excited to interview.
“Lost at Sea” – a report from the Marshall County Historical Museum (as printed in The South Reporter on November 21, 2013) Lieutenant Jim Bright Buchanan of Holly Springs, Miss. flew into Pearl Harbor without any guns. A radio operator on a B-17 aircraft, his squadron left San Francisco for the Philippines on Dec. 6, 1941, with a scheduled stop at Hickam Field in Honolulu. There, the plane would be armed for battle before picking up a battalion march in the Philippines. That was the plan. The surprise attack by the Japanese meant the squadron couldn’t land at their scheduled stop. Instead, they were diverted to Wheeler Field in the central part of Honolulu. The attack on the Harbor was in full swing, but they were safe. Born in 1915, Buchanan left work as a bonds salesmen in Memphis, Tenn. to enlist in the Army Air Corps in March of 1941, at the age of 26. After the incident at Pearl Harbor, he soon qualified as a bombardier. Mrs. Frances Buchanan, Lieutenant Buchanan’s widow, recalls during a recent interview that it was an exceptionally patriotic time. “I don’t think there has ever been a more patriotic time,” she said. On […]
“Annual Christmas Tour” – a report from the Marshall County Historical Museum (text as printed in The South Reporter on November 7, 2013) I meant to go, but I missed it. Then I missed the one after that, and the one following. Somehow, it’s easier to miss events in your hometown than it is to catch them elsewhere. “We’ll go next year.” In my 11 years of living in San Francisco, my cousin and I said that about the “Ghost Tour” there. Every night that we walked by the Queen Anne Hotel, we saw the glimmer of a lantern, and a bearded host with a top hat. Not to mention the twenty or so tourists wandering the street for a better photo of the ‘spirits’. We called them a nuisance for blocking the sidewalk, but truthfully, we were just envious. Here we lived, and we were missing out. We never took the tour. My cousin moved out of the city, and, not long after, so did I. When I moved back to Holly Springs, I wanted to make it up to myself. I asked about touring the town’s historical homes, but, with great disappointment, the only answer I received was […]
Screen Shots Enclosed ——– Online art magazine FecalFace.com featured several posts about John Felix Arnold III’s residency in Japan. Prior to his trip, John Felix hired me to do a photo shoot to advertise for the trip, as well as his first installation at the SFMOMA. Check out more of John Felix Arnold III’s work on his website, or in my Photography gallery. Screen shots of the original articles featuring my shots of John Felix and his work are below.