Mayview, Missouri is a small rural town that sits about 4 miles north of Interstate 70 in Lafayette County. Once a bustling railroad community, the population has dwindled to less than 200 people over the last 50 years. With the surrounding area mostly farms, Mayview schools, churches, stores, and homes have been abandoned and left for ruin as residents continue to relocate.
This Post was never published, it was originally from June 2013:
My most favorite part of my NPR experience has no doubt been working with the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert. The first day I was at NPR and I saw the shelves and signs on Bob Boilen‘s desk, it was a bit surreal. Now, I’m a hopeless music junkie and have been listening to Bob and Co. on All Songs for years so on the first day when I walked into the Music department and saw the TDC set up, it was pretty great. That being said, my very first TDC was a very special one. The National performed to a packed NPR audience for a very intimate acoustic set. I’ve seen The National perform live a couple times, but always on a big stage in front of a lot of people, so seeing them crammed around a desk, barely a foot in front of me, singing and playing their music with no production whatsoever, was pretty amazing.
Since this was my very favorite TDC I’m dedicating an entire post just to that one performance with the outtakes that were not used by NPR for publication.
I’m a bit behind with posting recent work BUT I am going to try to play catch up in the next couple posts, mainly sharing and reflecting on work I’ve been doing for NPR this summer. Although I’ve been there a month, I’m actually going to post a project I worked on most recently that ran on the Fourth of July. In a collaboration with NPR’s Morning Edition producer, multimedia was brought on to produce a visual component to the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence. For the last 20 years, NPR has recorded various hosts reading the Declaration but this year they decided to take to the streets of D.C. and record people reading it istead. Initially I was asked to just take portraits of the readers, however, the project quickly evolved into a full multimedia package and with this came the idea to shoot video. So more people were brought on and we shot readings and interviewed over 40 people on the National Mall about the Declaration of Independence. Editing the video proved to be a challenge because of the shear number of subjects we had spoken too. Also, we had realized early on that to create an interesting video that people would want to watch, we would need to come up with something more than just people reading. So we interviewed every person about their interpretation of the Declaration, asked them what the concept of ‘Independence’ meant to them, and how it related to them personally. I was put in charge of editing the project…although I shot every interview and b-roll as well. It ended up being a lot of work for a 2:30 video but it was definitely a worthwhile experience, especially in regards to working with such a big team and with various producers/editors. Anyways, the video is posted below OR view it and the whole package (photos, reading,etc.) at NPR.
Also, while I’m posting about the Fourth of July, I shot a few photos of spectators reactions at the fireworks display at the National Mall which were part a gallery that was published the next day. See gallery at NPR here.
I designed (and edited) the feature story for the current issue of Vox Magazine about a road trip on historic Route 66. The story won second place in CPOY in the Interpretative Eye category. The story is a photo essay, with extended captions written by the photographer describing his experience. This piece was completely visual and I knew I had to design FOR the photos. I wanted my design to showcase the photography, creating an expansive feel, like driving down the highway in the dessert. I think having make the same trip myself (from KC to LA) I drew from my own interpretation and experiences on how the visual felt to me. I particularly liked m pairing of the 2 images on the 3rd spread of the old train and the old trading post name “Desert Train”. These images were in the photographers original take but I pulled them out paired them in my design. I don’t think he had thought of this himself and it was great see that I could see something new in his work. And that is what editors are for!!
This is old news by now but my “Exceeding Expectations” story on Ryleigh Rowe, the young girl with spinal bifida, was recently picked up and published by Vox magazine in Columbia, MO (published Jan. 31st). The story was turned into a photo essay for print with text along with an accompanying iPad app and the multimedia piece was published online. It received a really positive response from the community. I had numerous people send me messages or stop me and tell me how touched they were by the story. So glad I was able to work with this family.
Visit the story online at Vox’s site or check out what ran in print.