Greetings from Kentucky

October 2, 2008

Hello All,

So this week, I am in Mayfield, Kentucky (pop 10,000) for the 2008 Mountain Workshops. It is a workshop put on every year by Western Kentucky University for photojournalism/multimedia/picture editing students. Each year, about 50-60 students and the same number of faculty and staff descend upon a small Western Kentucky town for a week to visually document the community. It’s an incredible event, with world-renowned faculty (ill tell you about mine in a second), and its a place where you grow as a storyteller. 

My coaches are Rick Loomis, a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist from the LA Times, and Lynne Marron, Senior Writer at National Geographic. I’m on what we like to call the “power team.” How the workshop works is that on the first day (Tuesday), we are given an assignment to follow for the week. My assignment is to cover a homeschooled family on the outskirts of town. After some initial reservations (you’re from NYC? Why are you in my small town in Kentucky?), the family opened up and gave me the privilage of being able to document their life.

Sorry for the rapid nature of the post, but this is the only break I will have today (we go from about 5:30am-2 or 3am) and I wanted to show some of the work that I have produced this week:

 

 

Two stories up in slender trees that flank their Mayfield home, 13-year-old Jayson Woods and his 11-year-old sister, Katie, stand guard in the threehouse that Jayson built all on his own.

Two stories up in slender trees that flank their Mayfield home, 13-year-old Jayson Woods and his 11-year-old sister, Katie, stand guard in the threehouse that Jayson built all on his own.

<— from the first two days

I was lucky enough have one of the professional multimedia teams come with me today to help me capture some interview, B-Roll, and audio of the family, so while I won’t have a Final Cut of my Guerilla News project up this week, by next class I should have an amazing final piece on the family I have been covering.

I got some great, out of the blue news from a construction company yesterday; it looks like the Silverstein Construction company (they are rebuilding the WTC, among others) has agreed to let me on one of their sites! Very exciting, and I cannot wait to bring back some of the multimedia skills I have learned this week to class.

Off to shoot some video and more stills! Hope all is well,

Ben

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