Photos & Video: ‘Is This Still Soccer?’

Above are a looping video and still images I shot for a recent story on the new safety rules governing high school soccer amid the coronavirus pandemic. These visuals accompanied a written story in The New York Times.

This was an interesting story to work on as the sport looks nothing like what we’re used to. Physical contact, slide tackles, headers, and throw-ins are now all considered penalties, so shooting the game took a different approach to illustrate those restrictions. I achieved the video clip of a goal being scored by clamping a remote camera to the top of the goal and hoping for the best.

Here is a link to the full story online, written by reporter Andrew Keh. A big thanks to the picture desk at the Times for having me shoot the story. It felt good to be shoot an assignment for the first time since college.

Obama’s newest threats: Sanger speaks on media, unrest in Middle East

"David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, addresses an audience in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum at Goucher College Thursday, April 14, 2011."

I’m a little over three weeks away from my last day of classes at Goucher College, and about five weeks from graduation. I’ve certainly reached the point where everything that’s happening here seems all too familiar. As for photography, at least, I’ve shot every angle on this campus that there is to shoot. 

There’s still an undeniable feeling of nostalgia, though, as these final weeks rush by. I remind myself not to get caught up in those ‘I’m so over it’ thoughts, and to not lose sight of the things I’ve loved about this place. 

One of those is the speakers that come to this campus. It’s particularly helpful as a journalist, given the frequent visits we have by professional reporters and editors from the world’s leading media outlets. It’s a nice compliment to what we’re taught in class and what we live through in our actual journalistic experiences. 

I asked David E. Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, my usual cliché question: “What’s your advice for a young journalist?”

His answer has stuck with me, particularly in these weeks which have seemed to revolve around nothing but internships, jobs, and careers. 

“If you go into the industry with an understanding that you are not there as a newspaper reporter, but as a processor and interpreter of data – writing about it, explaining it in front of a camera, doing it on audio, talking about it on television – it’s all of these technologies converging. If you go into it like that, then it’s incredibly satisfying. And what’s the most satisfying part? You get up every morning and you don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s a pretty good thing. And the second thing is you get up every morning and you’re still excited about the work. I know more journalists who get up in the morning excited and thrilled to go into work than I do in almost any other field,” he said. 

The New York Times – “Education Life” – ‘Organized Play’ – Sunday, November 7, 2010

 

“The “Education Life” section of The New York Times website as it appeared on Sunday, November 7, 2010.”
“The ‘Organized Play’ photo slideshow as it appeared in the “Education Life” section of The New York Times website on Sunday, November 7, 2010.”

I woke up in a good mood yesterday morning.

The clocks had turned back the night before, so I had gained a precious hour of extra sleep.

It was also November 7th, the day I knew my photographs would be appearing in The New York Times. I dressed into my sweats and boat shoes and went searching through several newspaper racks on campus, only to be reminded that that Goucher doesn’t have a subscription to the Sunday Times. I couldn’t wait, so I drove to the local Safeway supermarket. They only had one copy, so I drove to the CVS Pharmacy down the street and spent 19 dollars on three copies of the paper.

I’ll acknowledge that being published in the country’s most well-known newspaper as a College Senior is the product of lots of hard work on my part.

But as I sat in the CVS parking lot and stared at my two photographs for what seemed like forever, I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I’ve been. I doubt there’s many people out there who can say they’ve had the amount of love and support from family, friends, and mentors that I’ve had.

This byline is a tribute to those special people in my life.

The link to the online slideshow is here.