Olympus guard Ray Paull leaps over press row in pursuit of a loose ball. Woods Cross vs. Olympus boys high school Basketball, 4a state tournament at the E Center, West Valley City.

I Believe I Can Fly!

Sent over to photograph the opening ceremony of the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce. Ava Kabe sang an amazing (as you can tell from the photo) rendition of the R. Kelly song “I Believe I Can Fly.”

The whole time I’m photographing, I’m thinking. ‘Who is that guy in the suit? I know I have seen him before.”

After the event, I approached him to get his name for the cutline.

“Excuse me sir,” I said. “I know who everyone else here is. Could I get your name?”

“I’m the lieutenant governor, Gary Herbert,” he said.

So embarrassing that I didn’t know, especially since I did a formal portrait of Herbert during the campaign.

Lesson learned: Read the program before the start of the event.

The Mission

The Mission. The Salt Lake City Mission provides meals, shelter, clothing and other services to the needy of Utah’s largest city. A collection of audio and photographic portraits made on Thanksgiving Day. (older content, originally posted 2000.)

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