Salt Lake City , Utah

Assignment #182 – Pile of Dirt

So you know that promise I made to blog every assignment in 2012?

What a mistake that was.

Let’s be honest here, no one is interested in seeing every shoot from any photographer, no matter how great they are:

As great as my job is, it’s not worth your time to come along with me on every single assignment. The perfect example is the photo up top, where my assignment was literally a pile of dirt.

Imagine that you’re a newspaper photographer doing three assignments a day. Wait, here’s a better analogy: Imagine you’re a musician who has to write three songs every day. Even the greatest songwriter would be hard pressed to produce memorable work day in and day out. Only occasionally would a great song come out of it.

Being a newspaper photographer has extra challenges. Not only do we have to crank out three songs per day, but we have to work in the moment (no rehearsals allowed) and we’ve got someone else telling us what the songs have to be about.

Have you ever heard a song about a pile of dirt?

Now you are starting to see the challenge newspaper photographers face. No matter how talented we are, it’s hard to produce blog-worthy material on every go. The assignments need to be interesting, the stars need to align, and the photographer has to be feeling it.

My goals in photography are to have a unique point of view and to produce memorable work. I’ll continue to publish the most notable of it here (the best, the better, and the absolute worst). But no more posts about the stuff in the middle.

I’ll no longer be blogging about piles of dirt.

Salt Flats , Utah

twangy weebles

“on this day of the twangy weebles, 2010, the rizz, sammy d, and sir disco ran out of fucking gas.” at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

Salt Lake City , Utah

John Swallow

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Current Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Utah Attorney General candidate John Swallow greet each other on election night at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Attorney General candidate John Swallow makes his victory speech on the night of the primary election, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Swallow’s wife, Suzanne Swallow is at right.
Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Attorney General candidate John Swallow makes his victory speech on the night of the primary election, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Swallow’s wife, Suzanne Swallow is at right.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Orrin Hatch

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Senator Orrin Hatch poses for photos with supporters on election night at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
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