Photojournalism

Photography is one of the most effective storytelling tools. From location shoots to environmental portraits to action shots, I've worked over the years as a photographer for The ReMarker as well as for independent projects, covering a wide range of topics and practicing various photographic techniques. 

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I've included several photo galleries to add to the content without disrupting the flow of the page.


Sports Photography

Swimming

Slashing at the water, junior Jacob Hum competes in the 50 meter backstroke during the Dec. 1 time trials.

 

Movement can be one of the most difficult aspects of photography to get right, and sport gives the prime opportunity to capture exciting and dynamic movement. One of my photojournalism projects brought me to the pool, where I faced various obstacles from a lack of lighting to danger of splashing. Using a telephoto lens and a higher ISO, I was able to capture some beautiful images.

 Some of these images have also been published on Teen Ink, a teen literary magazine. Click here for the link.

Junior Jacob Hum in the 50 meter freestyle.

Senior Eric Li moments before his race in the Ralph B. Rogers Natatorium on Dec. 1.

Athletes from St. Mark's, Hockaday and Greenhill dive into the water during the annual time trials hosted by the school.

Tennis

I also photographed a tennis match, which allowed me to shoot dynamic images that utilize the late afternoon light, otherwise known as "the golden hour."

 

With suspense in the air, junior Gopal Raman serves during his doubles match with teammate junior Frank Thomas. The pair lost their match 4-6, 3-6 against Highland Park players Cole Hausman and Matt Wojo. 

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African American Repertory Theater

I do promotional work for the local African American Repertory Theater (AART), which involves taking photos of their productions. One of the advantages to photography in the theater is the spectacular lighting. The shadows are deeper and the highlights are more vibrant without hardly any editing. I also get the opportunity to capture some amazing dramatic moments. These are from the production A Soldier's Play, the story of a group of African American soldiers who faced racism in World War II and Court-Martial at Fort Devens the story of three African American nurses who are court-martialed for standing up to their superiors when they are given demeaning jobs.. 

A Soldier's Play

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The climax of the play, where Private Peterson (Lynn Andrews) unexpectedly shoots Sergeant Waters (Hassan El-Amin)

Captain Richard Davenport (Christopher Dontrell Piper) during his opening monologue. 

 

Court-Martial at Fort Devens

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The three protagonists from left to right, Privates Gertrude (Sydney Celestin), Virginia Boyd (Kyndra Mack), Johnnie Mae (Michelle Mays).

Lieutenant Victoria Lawson (Mary-Margaret Pyeatt) stares off at the three nurses. 

Private Curtis (Vandous Stripling) cringes during his monologue about his injury he sustained. 


Where Cigarettes Go To Die

 

While in New York City in the Spring of 2015, I started a photo project on a small subject. Cigarettes. I was interested in the people who smoked them, but more specifically, where they ended up. Where they go to die. 

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A time-lapse photo of discarded cigarettes and the people of New York City.

The guts of the cigarette splayed on the pavement in Harlem, New York City. 


Mural Project

In 2015, 42 Real Estate started an initiative to commission 42 murals around Deep Ellum, the arts and music center of Dallas. I wanted to tell the stories of the murals and the people behind these murals.  Almost entirely local artists, this project reflects the authentic personality of Dallas. I asked each artist one simple question: "What does your mural mean to you?" I got some amazing responses. 

"A lot of people know the folklore tale of the devil and Robert Johnson and their meeting at the crossroads. He supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent. But people may not know the exact bluesman behind it. That would be Robert Johnson." - mural artist Daniel Driensky

"The idea behind this mural is the story of Pecan Lodges owners. It’s showing both of their hands coming together. They built this business here as a small walk-up barbecue stand and now they have this number one destination in Deep Ellum." -mural artist Lesli Marshall

"Growing up being half black and half white, I always felt like I was two people at once. I never felt like I truly fit in with one side of my family or the other. I wanted to figure out how to paint something that would incorporate that feeling."                   - mural artist Jeremy Biggers

"The mural I created is a map of Deep Ellum. It is the city blocks of Deep Ellum semi-abstracted. If you’re standing across the street and someone is walking on the sidewalk, they unintentionally become part of the mural."                -mural artist Sarah Reyes

"The square concept originally just came out of me gridding stuff up for realism just to get that extra bit of accuracy, and I almost felt a little bit bad about painting over the squares. I kind of liked them, so I just slowly but surely incorporated them into the artwork."                      -mural artist Steve Hunter 


Aerial Photography

With the advent of drones in recent years, I've become fascinated with aerial photography. For a story I recently wrote on Ross Perot Jr., the real estate development giant offered to take me and my fellow reporters on a helicopter ride to see his developments in the Metroplex. From that height, I saw the city from a whole new perspective. 

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This image was captured using a small drone with a high-definition camera. The school received a new organ in the Fall of 2014 and there was hardly any angle that would fully represent the instrument. By flying the drone up in the chapel, I could finally capture the scale of the organ. 

From hundreds of feet in the air, I-30, the highway that cuts through the heart of downtown Dallas stretches into the distance.