I made the drive over to Warrior, Alabama recently to take a few portraits of Michael Crane, who quite possibly has the wildest story I’ve heard of in the media business. One of the best EVS (a video-editing apparatus that pulls short clips from multiple cameras) editors in the country, he was working the 2007 Masters … when he decided to rob a bank. Now, he’s trying to rebuild his life.
It’s a story I pitched about an e-sports tournament down in Newnan, Ga. that took place a little over a week ago. Normally, this would unlikely be a news story. But in the reality that coronavirus has dealt us, with nearly all sporting events postponed or cancelled, any sliver of competition offers solace.
The full impact of coronavirus has yet to be felt, but the financial damage to the airline industry has been staggering. To get a better look at how Delta is responding to the quickly changing reality of a world facing a pandemic, The Washington Post sent me to Delta’s headquarters and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. You can read the full story here.
The trials for the 2020 Olympic marathon were held this past weekend here in downtown Atlanta, and the Times asked me to cover them. It was a pretty simple but brutal selection process — the top three finishers from men and women (six total) will be going to Tokyo. Perhaps one of the coolest things about these trials is that a record number of women qualified to compete. Here are a few of my favorite photographs from the event.
As we start a new year, I’m taking a look back at 2018 and sharing my favorite images. It was an amazing year, and I’m continually reminded of how lucky I am to make a living taking pictures. I’ve gone through everything I shot over the past 12 months, and narrowed it down to 25 photographs. They are presented here in chronological order, and include sports, political assignments and personal stories, as well as a few previously unpublished images from my personal and commercial work. Where possible, links are provided.
The video is about Beasley’s commitment to his hometown, helping out those in need, and just trying to be a good dude. And I have to say, he may be the most down-to-earth professional athlete I’ve ever worked with. He was genuine, and talked with me well past we were finished with the portrait session. That may sound like a small thing, but most athletes are ready to jet as soon as soon as the shoot is finished. It’s easy to see why it’s so easy for Beasley to come back to his hometown and blend in with the regulars. Well, as much as a 6-foot-3, 246-pound guy can blend in :-)
As someone who grew up 20 miles from Athens, Ga., and in a household where Bear Bryant’s stature rivaled that of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, I fully understood how epic Monday’s game was. I know how bad Georgia fans craved another national championship — their last taste of one was way back in 1981, when Herschel Walker and Co. handled Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl. And I know how hard it is stop the seemingly undefeatable Nick Saban once his Tide gets rolling. Continue reading
This year, my sixth as a full-time independent photographer, was another full one. I am so eternally grateful the work that comes my way … the things I am privileged to witness, the people who allow me into their lives and trust me to tell their stories. In 2017, that work included photographing a former U.S. President, the last Falcons game at the Georgia Dome, lots and lots of politics, telling the stories of residents on Atlanta’s historic Westside, a wedding that ended with a Waffle House kiss, running around in the woods with a militia, and an amazing Iron Bowl. These are my favorite images from the past year. Thank you for taking the time to look, and here’s to a stellar 2018! Continue reading