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Week’s Work: September 16-20

It was another busy week here in Gwinnett County as the fair came into town, the Atlanta Falcons were playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and there is always some high school football action to be had. While I could have done a blog post on each of these, especially the Falcons game and the fair, below are some of my favorite frames from the week.

Guests riding the “Wave Swinger” are silhouetted in the late afternoon light while at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Fair guests look to buy ride tickets at ticket booths near the entrance of the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Young fair guests swing quickly around on a ride at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Camila Hernandez, right, has her eyes fixed on a ride at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The “Zero” Gravity ride spins guests at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Dre Bulluck, owner of Dre’s Place Carolina BBQ, closes one of the smokers with meat on it at his stand at the Gwinnett County Fair on Wednesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Smoked pork meat sits on the grill at Dre’s Place Carolina BBQ stand at the Gwinnett County Fair on Wednesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

A group watches the cattle livestock show judging at the Gwinnett County Fair on Thursday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

A calf is tied to a wall in stall 187 during the livestock show at the Gwinnett County Fair on Thursday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The Norcross football twins, Ferdinand (2) and Frederic (3) Aka, Devon (47) and Devonte (8) Goodbeir, and Joshua (62) and Matthew (72) Jajardo, pose for a photo at Norcross High School in Norcross. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) runs up the field during Thursday’s NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron (23) after making a catch during Thursday’s NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons running back Antone Smith (35) fumbles the ball at the goal line during Thursday’s NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester (17) celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown during Thursday’s NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Hester set the all-time NFL record for return touchdowns in a career with 19, surpassing former-Falcon, Deion Sanders. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann (71) during Thursday’s NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Courtney Roby (15) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Crezdon Butler (26) after making a catch during Thursday’s NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

A general view of the Shiloh Community Stadium at Shiloh High School prior to Friday’s high school football game between the George Walton Bulldogs and the Providence Storm in Snellville. This is Providence’s first year with a varsity football team, and they are using Shiloh’s facilities for home games. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

George Walton’s JD Buice (4) is tackled by Providence’s Daniel Martin (44) during Friday’s high school football game at Shiloh High School in Snellville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Providence’s Ben Ellison (55) sits in the grass outside the locker room during halftime of Friday’s high school football game against the George Walton Bulldogs at Shiloh High School in Snellville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Fans watch the halftime show put on by the Providence Storm drumlin during Friday’s high school football game between the George Walton Bulldogs and the Providence Storm at Shiloh High School in Snellville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Parkview’s Shehan Parmar (1213) is helped by teammates after finishing the varsity boys 2014 Gwinnett County Cross Country County race on Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

Logan Williams, 4, slides down an inflatable slide while attending Suwanee Fest on Saturday at Town Center Park in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Suwanee Fest patrons wander through the main food area at Town Center Park in Suwanee on Saturday . (Staff Photo: David Welker)

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2014 MSHSAA Track Championships (Large Schools)

 

Last weekend marked the fourth time in nearly five years that I have covered track. It has always been one of those sports to elude me. However, it it is always a breath of fresh air to shoot something different and try and find new ways to look at things. Since this was the second week in a row covering the state track meet, I had a general idea of what to expect as far as access is concerned. As I quickly found out, there were times where I was granted access that I was completely surprised about, and others that left me scratching my head at it being pulled or denied. All in all, I was pleased with what I walked away with this past week, and am looking forward to moving forward with the rest of my summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is how I felt at the end of the weekend:

 

Welding Shop: On Assignment for the the Los Angeles Times

Sparks fly as Loren Minnis, 48, uses a grinder on a piece of metal while working in the Ozarks Barge & Dock Service workshop on April 7, 2014 in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Minnis was part owner of Menace Bar & Grill in Lake Elsinore but had to close down in part because of a lawsuit against the bar in 2010. He now works as a welder in Missouri. (David Welker/For the Times)

 

Last week, I had one of the coolest assignments of my life. Not only was I working for a client who I have always wanted to do some work for, but I was also shooting something I had very little experience with. Now, before I get started, let me say how grateful I am for having great photo editors who have pushed me to be a better photojournalist. Every now and then, I get a call from other editors who ask me if I could do work for them simply because one of my current clients gave them my name. I am thankful that each and every opportunity I get from current clients. I hope I never underestimate the power of my relationships.

 

 

Now onto this assignment. The Los Angeles Times called and asked if I would be willing to photograph a subject in the middle of Missouri for them. I agreed, all while wondering what they would want of someone in Southwest Missouri. After receiving the background information for the shoot, I called and got a date and time set up for me to make the drive to Lake of the Ozarks to create a few frames of Loren M., my subject. Loren is one of the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure to meet. The guy just bleeds passion for life, and he was awesome to work with. After discussing my plans for the assignment, he agreed that I could follow him around for the day. Loren works as a welder in the machining shop of a dock building business. I was assigned to get two main shots of Loren, but he allowed me to just follow him around for a few hours while he worked. While the majority of my frames are of him working, I found myself always looking for something new in similar situations. New framing, new light, new action. Each time the shutter opened and closed, I knew I had to find another way to shoot the scene in front of me. I spent about three hours of watching Loren and a co-worker weld and grind metal for a new piece of a dock. Every now and again, they would stop and tell me what was happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the shop’s thirty minute lunch break rolled around, all the workers filed into a small room in the corner of the building. Even the owner of the Ozark dock building service came in and sat down. Loren was nice enough to introduce me to those in the room, and they all joked about why the Times would want to do a story on him. A co-worker joked that his new nickname would be “Hollywood”. But then there was a moment of honesty. Loren began to tell them why I was there. He didn’t necessarily always dive into the details, but he began to tell them about his passion for motorcycles and for the bar he owned in Los Angeles. I have not heard someone speak so passionately about something in a long time. He began showing photos to those in the room. Photos of his old bar, and some of the bikes he built, including one for the San Diego Chargers. And there I was. This is why I got into photojournalism. I had no idea that my day would turn into this moment of honesty and passionate talk about what a grown man cares about. But, I was there to document it, and am thankful that they were either oblivious to me at that moment or, at the very least, willing to let me shoot a few frames.

 

 

After lunch, they all left the room, and I spent only about fifteen minutes more with Loren. I made four final frames of him before I left that I was extremely pleased with. I leave you with one of those. While this may not be where he thought he might end up, Loren is making the best of it, and he continues to be passionate about the things that he loves.

 

 

 

A big thanks goes out to the staff at the Times who contacted me to photograph Loren. It was a great pleasure to meet someone new, and to have the opportunity to tell their story visually. If you want to know more about Loren’s story, click this link.

 

All Images © 2014 David Welker/For the Los Angeles Times

3 Days, 5 Assignments, 0 sleep: The 2014 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships

Lanthrop’s Caleb Osborn celebrates after defeating Maplewood’s Romelle Person in the 120-pound championship match during the 2014 MSHSAA Class 1 Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena on February 22, 2014 in Columbia.

 

There is so much I love about the wrestling championships. I enjoy pretty much every part of it other than that the backgrounds are rarely ever clean, but, that’s life. As a former wrestler, there is a special place in my heart for the sport, and I really look forward to shooting it. Yes, it is a challenge and can be a bit repetitive. But there is something about the sport that I absolutely can’t get enough of. Maybe it is the fact that this is a one-on-one sport where anything can happen? Maybe it is the fantastic jubs that happen on a regular basis when a match comes to a halt with the slap of a hand on a mat? I don’t know, but I can’t get enough. This past week’s championships were great. I didn’t sleep much ( I got a total of 12 hours over the total of 4 days and each day was at least a 15 hour day). The floors were hard, and my back hurt by the end of the week, but I walked away with a large group of images that I can say I am proud to have my name under and published by 3 different papers. A huge thanks goes out to the staff at the St. Joseph News-Press, Kansas City Star, and the Southeast Missourian, who made my photos look good both online and in print. I look forward to being back in Columbia in two weeks to cover the basketball state championship for a variety of clients. This was a great way to open 2014!