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Chris Mackler   [save as a favorite?]
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Image © Chris Mackler/ || Laura Sandquist casts her fishing line into the Mississippi River floodwater from her home as family friend Ryan Hallam takes a break from sandbagging in the Red Star District of Cape Girardeau, MO, on Thursday, April 28, 2011.
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Address: Arlington, VA 22205, United States
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Chris Mackler's Message: An Afternoon at 1207 North Main:

The second day shooting the powerful flooding in the Southeast Missouri area proved to be eye-opening. Literally just a two-minute drive from my home stands 1207 North Main Street – currently surrounded on all sides by four feet of water and climbing hourly. A mountain of sandbags and barriers are all that protects the four-year home of Bill and Laura Sandquist. Floodwaters have engulfed the Red Star District of Cape Girardeau in which they live, with the majority of the water rising Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, according to Bill Sandquist. As for help, the family obtained 15 sandbags per person from the fire department, significantly less than they need. “15 bags? Hey, I need 1500 bags,” said Sandquist. Most of the help has come from Red Star District neighbors, family and church members. “These are the times that really bring the community together,” said Sandquist. Sandquist’s son, John Gamage, who has recently returned from Nebraska, has been helping the family stack sandbags since the weekend. “It came up so slowly, so there was a lot of time to prepare. I know that if I can take a boat down the street, it’s pretty bad,” said Gamage. Despite such a hard reality, the family is in a positive spirit, having fun boating around the neighborhood and fishing from their home. Said Gamage, “You’ve got to see the positive, else everyone’s all stressed and that’s no good.” Sandquist chimes in, “I’m happy – at least I don’t have to mow the lawn.”

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- Chris


Work History:

-> Photo Editor to the Office of the Vice President at The White House, May 2012 - Present

-> MacklerMedia (Cape Girardeau, MO) - Co-Owner, Online Strategist and Photographer
July 2010 - March 2012

-> Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, MO) - Freelance Photographer, March 2010 - March 2012

-> The Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, IN) - Contract Photographer, June - July 2010

-> The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Photo Intern, April 2009 - August 2009

-> The Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, IN) - Photo/Multimedia Intern, June - Sept. 2008

-> The Post (Athens, OH) - Senior Staff Photographer, April 2005 - June 2006


Graduated from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University in November 2008, with a B.S. in Visual Communication, majoring in Photojournalism.
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Member Since: 4.8.2005

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The images below are from the portfolio of Chris Mackler. They are presented here for your viewing pleasure. These images may not be used elsewhere and are protected by copyright. To see these images, click on the icon and you will see a much larger image.
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Laura Sandquist casts her fishing line into the Mississippi River floodwater from her home as family...
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John Gamage, left, and Ryan Hallam sandbag the home at 1207 North Main Street in order to protect th...
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Loveta Miller, 7, of Benton, climbs out of a canoe in the yard of Bill Sandquist in the Red Star Dis...
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Gabriel Yanes peddles his bike through floodwaters near the intersection of North Main Street and Se...
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Joshua Robertson paddles through the Mississippi River floodwater covering the Red Star district Cap...
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Ryan Hallam, left, and John Gamage sandbag the home at 1207 North Main Street in order to protect th...
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Family friend Ryan Hallam plugs a leak in the sandbag wall in the backyard of the home at 1207 North...
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John Gamage rests his head on Peggy Benaivdz, taking a break from sandbagging his parents' home from...
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Bill Sandquist recounts The Great Flood of 1993, in which floodwaters reached clear into his home in...
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Joshua Robertson paddles his boat past a playground near the intersection of North Main Street and S...

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|| Chris Mackler's Work History:
Internships The Gazette (Cedar Rapids) Iowa, (2009)
The Elkhart Truth Indiana, (2008)
Full Time The White House Photo Office District of Columbia, (2012 - Present)
The Post Ohio, (2005 - 2006)
Contract Positions The Elkhart Truth Indiana, (2010)
Freelance Southeast Missourian Missouri, (2010 - 2012)
Kansas City Star Missouri, (2011)
The Post Ohio, (2005)
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