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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2009-12-18

Life After Newspapers: Riverside
By Gary Miller

A week ago I had the opportunity to speak to Christopher Churchill a talented freelance photographer from Boston who just opened his show "Faith" at the FOVEA gallery (http://www.foveaexhibitions.org/) in Beacon, NY.

Christopher went "old school" with an 8x10 Deardorf and a lens he admitted wasn't the best but worked for his needs. He later printed the images on silver gelatin paper just like those that came before us. He has spent the last five years with nothing but a personal curiosity and a passion to record views of faith in America.

It's that type of passion that is a reminder of why we became photojournalists.
It's that type of passion that pushes some of you past just grabbing your "two-a-days" and develop compelling enterprise stories.

This last Saturday I was in the black and white darkroom at the gallery straightening up before we opened and listened to Sabine Meyer critique a high school student's portfolio.

Meyer is the Director of Photography at National Geographic's "Adventure" magazine and was a wonderful teacher and coach during the session. She showed compassion and a good heart but also elements of strong direction for the young photographer and offered to be there in the future.

It's that type of passion that is a reminder of why we became photojournalists.
It's that type of passion that makes a team builder and team player.

See the theme here?

I returned late last night from a train and subway ride into the city to walk the Greenwich Village and Washington Park area.

The park is always filled with incredible artist and musicians whose only revenue is what might be tossed in the hat, box, or guitar case.

It's the type of passion that makes you forget about what you don't haveā€¦and remember what you do have!

This past June when I was no longer defined by my career as a director of photography I wrote an editorial that was published in National Press Photographers Association News Photographer magazine:
http://oneheartonemind.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/a-time-to-eat-the-young/. After five months, this is still my point of reminder.

Yes, the changes in our industry are monumental but it will be the love of our craft and the understanding that photojournalism, on all levels, has the ability to change lives.

For those of our colleagues that are trying to find new opportunities in journalism: Believe in your talents and don't give up.

For those of our colleagues that know those individuals trying to find new opportunities in journalism; be supportive and don't let them give up.
Remember your passion!

A final note: I want thank Robert Hanashiro for what he has done over the years for the photojournalism industry providing a platform to share ideas and experiences. When you look at his part in the educational process of our industry it's pretty awesome. Looking at the current economic challenges with sites like "The Digital Journalist" it again shows how they need our support to succeed.


(Gary Miller is formerly the director of photography at the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He volunteers his time at "Fovea exhibitions" in Beacon, NY. Fovea's mission is to educate through visual journalism. Through his blog (http://oneheartonemind.wordpress.com) he has acted as a freelance photo editor and educator to those interested in photography and photojournalism. He and his wife Anne currently reside in Hopewell Junction, New York with his eldest daughter, Alayna.)

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