It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, and I’ve had an interesting few months.
My last update was a few days after I finished my internship at The Oregonian. It’s been exactly three months since then, and in that time I didn’t shoot much. I was too busy settling back into life in Arizona, and trying to come to terms with my new status as an underemployed college graduate.
I let it get me down. Really down. Between my 50-hour-a-week day job and adjusting to being back home, I wasn’t really making images anymore. That was my first mistake.
My second was thinking that I had disappointed myself and others because I didn’t have a job in my chosen field yet. I spent months listening to people tell me that they thought for sure that if anyone was going to get a job, it would be me. That I’d worked so hard in college, how did I not have one yet?
But there are many others more talented and qualified than myself that were – and still are – in the same position. That’s the reality of this business. It’s something that you try to push away when you’re in school, because part of you wants to think it won’t happen to you. But another part of you knows it easily could, no matter if you’ve had one internship or nine. And I know from my summer at The Oregonian that this will probably always be a fear, whether I’m 22 or 50.
I count myself lucky to have found a job I love doing, and I know that every image I get to make for a living is a gift. I’ve talked before about the trust people place in you when they allow you to photograph them, and that’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I’m back in a newsroom now, and I know I’m lucky to be here. I’m also in a city I’ve never been to before, and that’s taking some adjusting to. I moved to Jersey City last week, and I’m trying to get used to the cold weather, crazy driving and the different attitudes that come with the East Coast. I still get excited every time I drive to work and see the Manhattan skyline just over the water. Six days in and I can’t believe I’m so close to New York City.
I’m working as a photo intern at The Jersey Journal in Jersey City now, on a nine-month stint. I’ve only worked for two days and I’m still getting a feel for the place, but I can already tell it’s going to be different from the other two papers I’ve worked for. I’ll cover that next time. For now, welcome to my first images from the East Coast, and get ready to follow me on this crazy adventure.
(I had two really great freelance assignments for Phoenix Magazine last month – images that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you – but I can’t publish those until the magazines come out in December and January. So keep an eye out for those in my next post or two.)
The above are from the first football game (high school or otherwise) that I’ve photographed in a very long time. And below are some pictures of cute dogs, too. This pet expo was my actual first assignment for the Journal.