Flash From The Past: May 20, 2003

One damp morning 8 years ago I woke up at 4am to photograph heroin addicts receiving their morning methadone medication at the Delta Methadone Clinic in Portland, Oregon. I remember I had a lot of trouble finding the place until I spotted the only commercial building in the residential neighborhood without a sign. The huge line forming outside its doors before sunrise was a good indication too. To protect the identity of the patients, I couldn’t photography any faces.

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Heat defeat Bulls in Game 2

I was back at the United Center again last night…. while the lights from the Oprah show were still hanging from the ceiling, the luminaries were a lot hotter. The Miami Heat and LeBron James rebounded from a blowout loss in game one to beat the Chicago Bulls 85-75 and level their NBA semi-final series at one game apiece.

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Flash From The Past: May 16, 2003

I drew my inspiration for this shot from a photo I saw in National Geographic. Of course I didn’t execute this type of photo as well as I did 4 years later when I shot blackface performer Shirley Q. Liquor. In 2007 I had lenses that could let in 4x more light than the lenses I had in 2003, allowing me to make much sharper photos in low light.

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Rice Saved The Day

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am the clumsiest person on earth. After I finished shooting the Kentucky Derby Saturday I knocked over a bottle of water onto my laptop. Luckily for me, the computer was off at the time. My friends helped me dry it off and disassemble it on the spot. Water was everywhere inside the case.

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Flash From The Past: May 12, 2001

I remember this day like it was yesterday. I was 4 months into freelancing again after quitting my newspaper job in Topeka, Kansas, when the Portland Tribune hired me to shoot portraits of the city’s new women’s football team. I was truly finding my voice as a portrait photographer back then. Just looking at these pictures today has me wondering how long it took me to learn not to loom over people or shoot portraits with super wide angle lenses.

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