I'll admit, all I really know is, when I see a story, I feel it.... then I hope I can tell it. I'm not out to tell the greatest story ever told. The dude that put Winnie the Pooh stories together already did that. What I hope to do is help weave the fabric of our community together in a way that we can sit back and understand who we are just a little bit better.
No I don't have a secret formula to do this - just patience and hopefully a heart that is in tune.
Since being laid off I've been taking my time with the luxury of a kind unemployment to hone some skills and continue to tell community stories. As we know by paying attention to the news that the kind unemployment is about to end and I have to decide my future.
I've devoted nearly half my life to telling small commiunity stories and frankly, I'm not sure I know what else to do. So I'll try to keep doing this. I really don't have a desire to compete with my friends at the Derrick or evan the Tribune. Both are fine papers that have the resources to cover the daily stories we need to know about.
I love local newspapers.
But there seems to be less of a need for a photojournalist who has a penchant for finding the heart of a community instead of illustrating the surface, This isn't a dig, it is just a reality. Newspapers have to decide what resources they NEED vs. what they want.
I'm hoping that I can create something the community both needs and wants in time. Each week I move an inch or even a full step closer to providing this. It ain't easy.
I'm hoping my love for community storytelling rings enough in the hearts of people who crave to understand themselves and their place a little better that we can grow together.
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