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Love living in a small town
Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 4:57 PM on 01.06.15
->> I have lived in Philly, Pittsburgh, and Knoxville. I enjoyed living there, but have truly enjoyed living in my little town of Philippi, WV. Now, this is how that relates to photography: We have about 6" of the white stuff on the ground today, and still snowing. I stopped at a few places of local interest (not that many since we have 2 red lights and one bypass, and less than 2,000 residents) to get some images to send to the papers we string for. While on the side of the road on the bypass, to get a different angle of our famous covered bridge, several of my local friends stopped or slowed down to make sure I was OK. I just pointed to the D3 and they waived. Not getting that too often on the Skuykill or the Parkway.
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 8:40 PM on 01.06.15
->> I know how you feel. I also live in a small town and if I don't have a camera with me I'm asked where it is.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 9:46 PM on 01.06.15
->> Been there. Done that. And YES it is AWESOME!
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 11:52 PM on 01.06.15
->> ASIDE TO SAM: Traffic was taking two hours from Monroeville to Downtown on the Parkway East this morning.(roughly 15 miles for those not familiar with the Pittsburgh area) I'd stick with the Phillippi Metroplex.....
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 1:52 PM on 01.07.15
->> Yeah, I love me some small towns in the central coast of California.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 3:19 PM on 01.07.15
->> Dave, I feel your pain! My printer guy is in Carnegie, right where they are rebuilding the exchanges. Last trip included a reroute to Bridgeville & no trip to Primanti's in the strip. But I did stop at the new one in Morgantown.
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Robert DeForge, Photographer
Gaylord | MI | United States | Posted: 1:18 PM on 01.09.15
->> That is funny Richard. In my small town, if I go to a sporting event, and am just going to watch it.....a lot of questions on where my camera is :)
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Doug Thompson, Photographer
Floyd | VA | | Posted: 6:50 AM on 02.25.15
->> Wife and I sold our condo in Arlington, Virginia, and left the DC area in 2004 after 23 years, moving to a small Blue Ridge Mountain community of 435 folks about an hour from Roanoke.

We bought a hilltop house on several acres of land. I landed contract photo and video work with Media General and opened a small photo studio in town.

"I promise you, we will be bored," I told my wife. I had grown up in that small town and left in 1965 to become a reporter and photographer for The Roanoke Times for five years before moving on to Illinois for 12 years and then DC.

Boring? By early 2005, we were working with a film crew on a documentary about the crystal meth epidemic in Southwestern Virginia. In 2007, an assignment editor in DC called to ask if I was living near Virginia Tech. It is about 30 minutes away in neighboring Montgomery County. The mass shooting kept me on site for the next two weeks.

It's now 10 years later and my assignment schedule involves 40-50 hours a week of contract work, mostly for BH Media, along with video work local TV and news channels. I still own and am publisher of the oldest political news web site on the Internet, also have a hyperlocal news site for Southwestern Virginia and other web sites.

I'm happy that I can hop on my Harley and ride the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway in Spring, Summer and Fall. I love having a lots of old-time and Bluegrass music to follow, photograph and film. Assignment editors still call for images and clips.

I do find more appreciation from readers for sports images shot for the local paper than for any work I did for most of my life at larger, metro news outlets. I realize at 67 that I am having the most fun of my life in a profession I love. My news and feature videos on YouTube have more than 175,000 views. There another 272 clips on Vimeo. I no longer have a "go bag" packed by the door and dressing for dinner means tucking in my t-shirt into worn and faded jeans.

Yes, we made the right move in 2004. It hurts to know that too many colleagues have lost their jobs in layoffs and cutbacks. I try to pass on work when I can. Some of us are working about other ways to help.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 8:19 PM on 09.01.15
->> Thought bringing this back was better than starting a new thread. I have 4 DII schools under contract. I was shooting at one today, and picked up the signed contract from the SID today, that was signed by the AD. The SID told me that the AD added something to the contract for this year. I am thinking "Hole Crap". But when I read the hand written "addition", it is a note requesting doughnuts from his new favorite bistro that is in my hometown about half an hour from his campus. Gotta love an AD with a sense of humor and a sweet tooth!
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