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Reflections: Barnstorm XXVII

It’s been nearly two weeks since my time in the Catskills of New York, where I spent four days surrounded by close friends and people who would quickly become “family”. Getting into the Eddie Adams Workshop is not something easily attainable and making it through the grueling gauntlet of long days, lack of sleep, and late night portfolio critiques is even harder. You see, if you are unaware, the intensive photojournalism workshop only invites 100 students and early professionals to the Adams’ farm each year. It is a privilege that only around 2700 photojournalists around the world have had the opportunity to be a part of. This October, it celebrated 27 years.

This year was it for me. It was my last try. If I didn’t get in, I would have to accept that and move on with my career. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case, and I am all the more grateful for those editors and photographers who took a look at my work before I hit the “submit” button on the application form.

Students began piling off of the bus onto the hallowed ground, walking the same steps of many that had come before them. It takes a minute to settle in. The colors of fall in rural New York, the golden light coming from the top of the hill as the sun begins its descent, the cheers of staff and faculty of the workshop, and the look on the faces of other the other students. We had made it, it was time to storm the barn. That sounds silly, but it all is kind of magical.

I’m not going to go into the details of the entire weekend, but I want to take a moment to reflect on some things that I learned while there and will never forget:

“Uncle” Jimmy Colton saying “You belong here. You deserve to be here.” In a profession where it is easy to think that you’re only as valuable as the work you put out, it was nice to hear that we deserved to be here because we were worth the investment of the faculty, staff, and sponsors. Granted, he did follow this up by saying “You’re not entitled by being here”.

Hearing photojournalism greats, John White and James Nachtwey, among others, speak was inspiring. John White’s quotes of “Have an affair with life”, “Be ambassadors of love”, and “Faith, Focus, Flight”, still ring through my mind and I dwell on those everyday. You don’t get a better first night line up than White and Nachtwey.

John White- “I Love to Love.”

– “Be willing to fail amazingly!” The quote really says it all. Take chances. Be willing to try something and fail at it. If it works, awesome. If not, oh well, you tried. In this business, you have to be willing to be different and fail astonishingly from time to time.

Never give up. Never give in. Be willing to give your time, love, and care to those around you. This was some personal enlightenment for the week.

Focus is not the absence of distractions, but it is the ability to push past them. Another personal enlightenment from the week. The workshop will always fall on a “bad” weekend for someone. If you are that person, work through it. Use the stress to push you to another level. It won’t be easy, but you can do it.

Always be willing to grow. Do not EVER resist the need to be better than you are or imagined you could be. Personally speaking, I couldn’t imagine how much I would grow from this weekend. Constantly being inspired and encouraged by some of the leaders in this industry will make you better than you could ever imagine. Listen to the advice and suggestions.

Take criticism as a grain of salt, although a very potent grain. Everyone there wants to help, but everyone will have a different opinion on your work. This is an incredible opportunity to hear from photographers in an unbelievably wide range of sectors of our profession. Listen to those who you look up to and those who you could never imagine you’d work with or for.

Don’t like your assignment or wish you had another? Get over it. The team producers scour the area looking for people who are willing to let you into their lives for two straight days and sometimes, you don’t always get the assignment that you “wanted”. These people put aside the awkwardness and fear of letting some young photographer into their bubble and they put their guard down. If I was honest, covering high school football was one of the last things I wanted to do because I do it all the time. BUT (and this is huge), knowing that I had the freedom not to cover one play of the game, meant that I could be different, innovative, and attempt to fail. I was incredibly surprised by my assignment and at the end of the workshop, I really believed I had one of the best ones because of my subject’s willingness to open up. THANKS MIKE!!!

My subject, Mike, and myself on the second day of me photographing him.

Never forget those who have come before you. At some point in the workshop, you will realize the cost of this job. For some, that cost is that you lose time with your friends and family. For others, it is even heavier. Take part of the weekend to reflect on the photographers who gave it all. There is a memorial on the farm’s property. My suggestion? Go and just stand in between the pines. Silently stop for a moment and let that hit you.

Get to know those who are on your team and who are not. You have the great opportunity to meet photographers from around the world. Get to know them, enjoy the company and the time with people who are like-minded. You may be on a team full people with documentary photography backgrounds, awesome. Now go hang out with the sports team. Be willing to be diverse.

HAVE FUN! This is a 4 day workshop designed to push you to  your limits and in some instances, break you. At the end of the weekend, if you did it right, you won’t wish you slept or rested more. Enjoy the time at the farm- Lay in the grass. Take a short nap by the pond. Talk about things that your passionate about with someone you’ve never met, or someone who barely speaks the same language. Go and be a part of the 11:30 club and especially the 6:00(am) club on the last night. Trust me, it will be well worth it.

My conclusion? Want to be a better photojournalist? Apply. Want to get your work in front of some of the most influential photo editors from around the country? Apply. Want to get to know a bunch of photographers? Apply. But most Importantly, if you want to be a better person, to learn what it really means to be passionate about something, and lovingly document people who are willing to let you into their personal lives. APPLY.

The Eddie Adams Workshop was one of the best experiences of my life. I am glad that I didn’t get in several years ago when I first applied because I wasn’t ready to handle the situations that arose prior, during, and after the actual workshop experience. I walk away from that time changed for good. I can only hope that I extend the dream of Eddie Adams, who the workshop was named after. I can only hope to continue the legacy of other great photojournalists who have come before me. I can’t say how appreciative I am of my editor (Brad), team leader (Al) , producer (Robert), techie (Stacy), the Black Team, the Adams family, and all the editors and photographers that had an impact on me during that weekend in the Catskills. To the Orange Team, remember, “Teamwork makes the team work (Twerk)”.

Photo by: Brandon Magnus

Also, to each and every member of the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII, YOU ARE FAMILY. I love you.

Back in the Saddle: Work Since Arriving in Gwinnett

It is amazing how fast time flies when you’re doing what you love. Around six weeks ago, I moved myself halfway across the county to start a new career at a daily newspaper just outside of Atlanta. I joined the staff at the Gwinnett Daily Post in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Overall, it has been a fantastic first few weeks and I look forward to seeing what else happens during my time in Atlanta. I’ve had the great opportunity to meet a lot of new friends and have met subjects from all walks of life. Each new relationship, from a 14-year old entrepreneur looking to turn her cookie business into the “Starbucks of coffee” to a 2-year old fighting an inoperable brain tumor (which I can’t post because we are still working on the story), has left me with a sense of relief to finally feel like I am doing what I was made to do. Below are some of my favorite frames from my first month here including my first football games in SEC-land, some touching moments with some great subjects, and of course, more sports. I’ll apologize now, because this is going to be an image heavy post.

 

New teachers at Gwinnett County Public Schools attend the 2014 new teacher orientation event, held at the Gwinnett Center on July 22, 2014 in Duluth.

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn (15) catches a pass in a drill during the 2014 Atlanta Falcons Training Camp on Friday in Flowery Beach. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Elva Padilla, left, and her husband Joe stand in the “sorting room of the Eyes of Love Lighthouse Mission on Tuesday in Buford. The Padillas gave up everything they had in New Mexico to open a mission which serves the homeless in Gwinnett County. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The Padilla’s grandkids play in the office of the Eyes of Love Lighthouse Mission on Tuesday in Buford. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Lawrenceville Police Officer, Michael Inot, pushes the casket of Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk into a hearse on Wednesday in Snellville. Van Kirk was the only remaining crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 at the height of World War II. Theodore Van Kirk was the navigator on that flight. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Fans stand along a railing during the National Anthem prior to the Atlanta Falcons scrimmage at Archer High School on Friday in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Cyclists exit turn 4 while competing in the masters cat 1/2/3 race of the 2014 Duluth Georgia Cup cycling event on Saturday in Duluth. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Braisden Lemelin leaps high into the air after getting a big bounce from his dad during the Sugar Hill 75th Anniversary event on Saturday in Sugar Hill. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Zach Healy hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole of the Riverside course during the 2014 USGA Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Monday in John’s Creek. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Andrew Chapman tees off on the 18th hole of the Riverside course during the 2014 USGA Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Monday in John’s Creek. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Erin Lucier, a third-year student, helps incoming students move into the dorms at Georgia Gwinnett College during move-in day on Thursday in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Brookwood senior, Nick Murciano, cheers on the softball team during Thursday’s game against the Grayson Lady Rams at Grayson High School in Loganville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Brookwood fans mock the Grayson Lady Rams players during Thursday’s game at Grayson High School in Loganville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Collins Hill’s Steven Harwell (55) celebrates after getting a sack against the Dacula Falcons in Friday’s football game at Dacula High School. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Norcross’ Damon Woodcock (9) turns the corner past Tucker’s Cedric HEard (71) during the 2014 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic on Saturday at Walter H Cantrell Stadium at McEachern High School in Powder Springs. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Norcorss defensive end, J.B. Kouassi, stands in for a portrait on Wednesday at Norcross High School. Kouassi is a key returning member to a strong Blue Devils’ defensive line that is looking for its third straight state championship. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Boise State Broncos quarterback Grant Hedrick (9) looks on from the ground after throwing the ball away during the first half of the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game against the Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Boise State Broncos cornerback Cleshawn Page (3) and safety Jeremy Ioane (10) fly through the air after colliding while pursuing Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Cody Core (88) during the second half of the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game on Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Boise State Broncos running back Jay Ajayi (27) leaps over Mississippi Rebels linebacker Christian Russell (20) in route to the end zone during the second half of the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game on Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Peachtree Ridge’s Malik Robinson (14) upends Archer’s Nick Blakely (6) during Friday’s game at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Peachtree Ridge’s Chance Thrasher (9) hands off the ball to Na’ceem Antenor (20) during Friday’s game against the Archer Tigers at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Archer’s Dillon Bliss (20) stretches on the sideline prior to Friday’s football game between the Peachtree Ridge Lions and the Archer Tigers at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs players walk onto the field prior to Saturday’s college football game against the Clemson Tigers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) tackles Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during Saturday’s college football at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Clemson Tigers running back D.J. Howard (22) leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs fans cheer on their team during Saturday’s college football game between the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) is lifted by Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle John Theus (71) after Gurley scored a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Clemson Tigers Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Corner preacher Dwayne Murphy says a prayer with Greg while witnessing at the corner of Hurricane Shoals Drive and Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville. As soon as Murphy saw Greg, he knew about some of the things going on in Greg’s life and began to offer encouragement to him. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

William Krueger, 2, pops bubbles while attending the 2014 Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park on Thursday in Stone Mountain. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Collins Hill Eagles Canyon Slade (5) catches a pass in front of a diving South Gwinnett Comets Chris Skyers (39) during Friday’s high school football game at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville.(Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Collins Hill Eagles Miles Fox (90) chases after South Gwinnett Comets Josh Shim (2) during Friday’s high school football game at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville.(Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Yellow Daisy Festival official “Bubble Man”, Robin Booth, uses a bubble rope to make enormous bubbles for children to pop during the 2014 Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park on Thursday in Stone Mountain. Booth has been making the bubbles at the festival for 14 years. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for taking the time to look through these. I have also been shooting video on a weekly basis and if you’d like to see some of my recent assignments, check out this link.

2013: The Year in Photos

2013 was a really wild year for me. I had some really strong moments, and some moments that I wish I could go back and redo. As usual, my workload consisted of sports, some portraits and spot news. A huge thanks is due to the best editors and colleagues I had the opportunity to work with this year. It is because of you all that I am a better photographer this year than I was last. It is hard to believe that the year flew by so fast. However, I can not help but look onwards and upwards to 2014, where I plan on starting a couple new personal projects. Below are some of the images from 2013 that I am proud to have my name under. Enjoy.

A Racer’s Mission

I spent this past Saturday on one of the most exciting and personally fulfilling assignments I have ever done. I spent the 14 hour Saturday documenting friend, and Late-Model race car driver, Mark Penticuff, as he raced his car at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. This was a first to me as I had never been to a dirt track nor had I covered any motorsports since the NHRA races last year in St. Louis.

While I have known Mark for several years, I became interested in photographing him earlier this year when he mentioned that he is a race car driver and uses his racing as a way to minister to people. A few weeks ago, I asked him if I could tag along to one of his up coming races. Mark agreed and I began planning how I was going to tell his story visually.

“Chaplain” is seen written on the rear spoiler of Mark Penticuff’s Late-Model Camaro car while in pit row at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri. Penticuff is one of several racers who participate in the National Fellowship of Raceway Ministries as a chaplain for Southwest Missouri.

I met up with Mark in the early afternoon and we headed up to the track. When we got there, he showed me around and gave me the lay of the land. He then went to prep his car for the night’s races. As other racers began showing up for the night’s events, I began to notice something profound about Mark’s operation. His rig was a modest one, run mostly off of donations from churches and other local support. He didn’t have the flashy car, camper-trailer combos, or the the hydraulic lifted bays that some of the other drivers had. But one thing I noticed was Mark was happy and thankful for what he did have, and explained to me that having the biggest and best and winning wasn’t the point of all of this. He wanted to show people that he is different than most. He wanted to be the guy that other drivers could come and talk to if they didn’t feel comfortable talking with the “paid religious folks” at the track. Win or lose, he would be content.

Mark Pentficuff works on his Late-Model Camaro in the pit area prior to NWTF race night at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri.

Mark Penticuff’s gear sits in the back of his pickup truck in the pits at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri. Penticuff is his own driver, mechanic and pit crew during races and has runs his ministry off of donations from churches and other sponsors for the past five years in order to put a car on the track.

Mark Penticuff sits in his Late-Model Camaro prior to NWTF race night at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri.

The “Racer’s Prayer” is seen in the cockpit of Mark Penticuff’s Late-Model Camaro during NWTF race night at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri. Penticuff serves as a chaplain for the National Fellowship of Raceway Ministries in Southwest Missouri.

As Mark finished up preparing his car, I went out and began photographing other races in order to get a good idea of how this track operated and figure out what kind of shots I could possibly get at Lucas Oil Speedway. Mark was scheduled for a total of four races on the night and he took the track shortly after I entered the infield.

Mark Penticuff races his Late-Model Camaro around the track during NWTF race night at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri.

After a few hot laps, Mark raced in his first featured race of the evening. He placed 17th in a make up race from two weeks ago that was rained out.  His race ended and he went back to the pits to make some adjustments for the later races. Meanwhile, I stayed out on the track to photograph other cars that were making their heat races for the evening. The track staff  was very generous and gave me the run of the place in order to make some pretty neat photos from the night’s festivities.  At Lucas Oil Speedway the staff really only has one rule. “Never turn your back to a car”. Other than that, everything was fair game. Since this track has no infield guard rail, I was allowed to stand as close as 20 or 30 feet from the track edge to get images down the stretch as cars made their way through turn two. I was quickly reminded how loud and fast some of these cars are as they rushed by me at nearly 110 mph.

Cars drive on the track at Lucas Oil Speedway during NWTF night on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri.

Mark’s heat races came and gone and he was placed into the “B Feature” race to fight for a spot into the main feature. This is when disaster struck. After completing their first lap of the feature, Mark’s Late-Model Camaro was wrecked by another driver who spun out coming out of turn two. The driver clipped the right side of Mark’s car, peeling aluminum off like a banana. As the two cars came to a stop, the damage was evident. The Late-Model Camaro suffered a snapped axle tube, a severely bent axle, and major cosmetic damage to the right side. Mark’s night was over.

Mark Penticuff sits in his Late-Model Camaro after being wrecked in the first lap of the “B Feature” race during NWTF race night at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri. Penticuff snapped is axle tube and bent his right rear axle after another car collided into him during the race.

Mark Penticuff sits in his Late-Model Camaro while being towed back to the pits after being wrecked in the first lap of the “B Feature” race during NWTF race night at Lucas Oil Speedway on August 3, 2013 in Wheatland, Missouri. Penticuff snapped is axle tube and bent his right rear axle after another car collided into him during the race.

Or so it seemed. As people came by the pitted race car later that night, observing the damage and offering their condolences on wrecking his car, Mark surprised me with how calm he was being. When a fellow racer mentioned that Mark should have gone over to the guy and given him a piece of his mind, he simply shrugged his shoulders and said “It happens, and it won’t solve much now.” Later that night, I asked Mark about that encounter, and why he said what he did. Simply put, Mark said, “My job is not to win races. It is not to be the fastest car out there. My job is to be different in a culture where it is easy to be selfish and let my temper get the best of me. I want to show some of the other drivers that there is a more important race to be won than the one on the track tonight. It’s about caring more about the people than the car or the race itself.”

2013 C.A.R.E. Charity Polo Match

Last month I got asked by a fellow photographer to cover him and shoot a charity polo match in memory of one of his friends who was a member of the polo team. Having never shot polo before, this was a new experience. Here are a few frames from the event. To see the entire take, CLICK HERE.

A Look Back: The Best Images from 2012

Last January, I started writing my “best of 2011” post, but never finished going through all of my images and I still have the post sitting in my “drafts” folder, waiting to be completed. This year, I wanted to make sure I actually took a hard look back at everything that happened this year (good and bad) and analyze where I need to go from here. 2012 had a lot of new experiences for me, a lot of new challenges, and also had many trails and failures. This was the first year that I felt comfortable calling myself a full-time freelancer since graduating from Missouri State University in May. As much as I will look back on 2012 and analyze the growth that was accomplished this year, I look forward to 2013, and set my sights on goals much higher than I have ever before. Here’s a huge thanks to all of my photographer colleagues out there who have pushed me beyond my personal limits and have challenged me to be a better photographer day in and day out.

Onto the images:

Richard Castillo (12) and Audry Perez (5) of the Springfield Cardinals, right, celebrate in the clubhouse after beating the Tulsa Drillers in the North Division Championship game at Hammons Field on September 9, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Brian Green (White Trunks) takes a leaping jab at Kimbo Slice (Black Trunks) in their main event bout during Fright Night Returns at O’Reilly Family Event Center on March 24, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Ben Seitz (9) of the South Callaway Bulldogs looks at the umpire in disbelief after being called out at the plate during a semifinal game against the Clever Blue Jays in the 2012 Missouri High School State Baseball Tournament at Meador Park on May 30, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Members of the Washington Kastles switch tennis balls during a mixed doubles match again the Springfield Lasers at Mediacom Stadium on July 11, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Travis Tartamella (29) of the Springfield Cardinals in the dugout after being hit in the face by a pitch during a game against the Arkansas Travelers at Hammons Field on July 25, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin stands in for a portrait during a rally at Springfield Lake Park on July 30, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Greg Garcia (7) of the Springfield Cardinals leaps while making a double play during a game against the Tulsa Drillers at Hammons Field on September 9, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

Flames fly from Shawn Langdon’s top fuel dragster as he races down the track during the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park on September 28, 2012 in Madison, IL.

Lamar Head Coach Scott Bailey walks off the field with Chad Rice (8) and Cedric Garman (12) after winning the 2012 MSHSAA football class 2 state championship game against the Blair Oaks Falcons at the Edward Jones Dome on November 24, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Missouri State forward Drew Wilson, left center, and San Diego State forward Deshawn Stephens, center right, prepare for the tip off prior to the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Springfield, Mo.

Members of the Pleasant Hope Lady Pirates celebrate in the dugout after Elizabeth Mosley, center, hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning during the 2012 Missouri High School Softball State Championships at Killian Sports Complex on October 20, 2012 in Springfield, Missouri.

David Salazar (7) and Cameron Glenn (61) of the Ozark Tigers pray after the annual “Backyard Brawl” game against the Nixa Eagles at Tiger Stadium on October 5, 2012 in Ozark, Missouri. Ozark won the game 41-21.

ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 30: Wide receiver Austin Pettis #18 of the St. Louis Rams tries to stay upright as linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks attempts to make a diving tackle during the game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.

ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 30: Wide receiver Logan Payne #18 of the Baltimore Ravens attempts to catch a ball while being tackled by cornerback Quinton Pointer #33 of the St. Louis Rams during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on August 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Baltimore Ravens 31-17.

ST. LOUIS, MO – DECEMBER 02: Defensive end Eugene Sims #92 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates after a sack during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 02, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 16-13 in overtime.

It’s going to be a great 2013!

My First Double Truck- ESPN the Magazine

The Image that made it happen.

One of my goals for this year was to be published on a major website or major news outlet. I had this happen a few times this year with images of the Springfield Cardinals’ outfielder, Oscar Taveras, showing up on ESPN.com and an image of St. Louis Cardinals reliever, Jason Motte, showing up on SI.com (Sports Illustrated). Up until last week, I still had not had any images published in a major publication. After a Springfield Cardinals game on July 25, 2012, that would all change. I got a phone call on August 17th from the Photo Editor of ESPN the Magazine asking if he could confirm some details of a photograph of Springfield Cardinals catcher Travis Tartamella. After confirming the details of the photograph, I found out that ESPN would be running the image as a double truck (a two page spread) in their 2nd August issue that would hit store shelves and mailboxes the next week. I was stoked! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

The digital “spread” in ESPN the Magazine. The photo would be the largest in the issue.

 

 

Jim at ESPN was nice enough to send me several copies of the printed version, so I could see it in person and have it for my collection. I can only say thanks to Jim and the Four Seam Images team on helping me get to this point, and I look forward to seeing what else I can come up with before the end of the year.

The five magazines that came from Jim at ESPN.