I spent two days covering the OSSAA State Wrestling championships. It’s easily the most exciting high school sporting event in Oklahoma. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to shoot it for the last two years.
It has been a few weeks since I left the Dallas Morning News, so I thought it was time to share some of my favorite images from my internship.
These photos also ran in a Q&A that was featured on the Dallas Morning News Photo Blog.
I recently began my first full time job as a photographer for the University of Central Oklahoma. I’ll do that and freelance for newspapers while I finish up my last two semesters of school.
Hopefully I’ll have stuff to post here regularly.
Here is a collection of my favorite images from my last week at the Dallas Morning News.
It isn’t very often that I get to photograph the concert of an artist I actually like, so I will take the time to share my experience photographing Lupe Fiasco.
I arrived at the Granada Theater in Lower Greenville at around 7:30 p.m.
As I was looking around for parking, a guy with a flashlight directed me to a dark parking lot behind O.T. Tavern. I parked there and asked him if I had to pay. He said, “Ten dollars.” He may or may not have been legit.
It had been hours since I had last eaten, so I used my 30 minutes of spare time to grab a quick bite to eat at Betty’s Best Around Chinese food across the street from the Granada. I had the Sesame Chicken and a bottle of water.
After my meal, I walked into the Granada and started looking around. DJ Bandcamp was spinning some hype, and much to my delight, even a Wu-Tang joint.
I texted the writer I was working with to see if she was there, and she replied, “I am here! In box, chair dancing.” It was the best text message I would receive for the rest of the evening.
The openers performed – first the Boy Illinois and then Stalley. I enjoyed both performances shooting in the densely packed pit area in front of the stage.
Lupe Fiasco’s crew took over the stage, and much to my chagrin, all of the lights were set at the back of the stage. The rest of the show would be backlit, making things very challenging, but ultimately causing interesting results (see photographs – above and below).
Something went wrong with the DJ’s equipment in the first part of Lupe’s set. He did not react well, and the crowd fed off of his anger. More than once, people yelled out, “Whack-ass DJ!”
I felt for the guy…. I mean, “shit happens,” right?
Now I have to end this. I don’t really have much else to say, except that my good friend and hip-hop connoisseur Ben Luschen got an exclusive first look at these photographs. He approved.
What is it they say about great essays? They always end with a quote?
Here is an irrelevant, but extremely heavy quote:
In the words of Julius Robert Oppenheimer (originally from the Bhagavad Gita), ”Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
For a special weekly update from the Dallas Morning News, I have compiled a collection of my favorite photos from my three-day weekend of shooting NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway.