Utah photographers, I wanted to let you know that this is the end of my internship here. I will be leaving for Florida on the 27th. The internship is one of the best internship I have had so far. I will dearly miss the people at the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. It’s been great knowing you all and I hope that I will see you again in the future. I also wish you will have a wonderful holiday season.
As I am saying good-bye to you all, I do want to share my experience of the last few days here with you because it is very interesting to me.
On the 23rd, after I had a good-bye lunch with some D news staff. After the lunch, I went on to my assignment, without know what I was getting myself into. I brought a hat, winter jacket and snow boots. My assignment was to take pictures of a 50-some-old guy who hikes to the top of the mountain and lights up a star every night at 5 p.m. I thought that shouldn’t be too hard. It turned out that he climbs the mountain off the trail. Long story short, I was in misery and pain as I tried to keep up with him for the mile-long hike. I was cold, hot, tired, and had a hard time breathing. I fell many times because my snow boots were too slippery. I had to pull the bushes to gain my gravity. After I got the photos and came back to my car, I was just glad that I wasn’t in pieces. My back was super sore the next day. I think this assignment was the hardest one during this internship.
On the 24th,
I got an assignment to take pictures of some volunteers decorating graves at the Pioneer Cemetery at night (or after dark). I had the hardest and longest time to find that place. After about 30 minutes searching, I finally found the place. Surprisingly, there was not a soul around nor were there any lights at that cemetery. It was super eerie. I called my editor about the assignment, and he ended up sending me to another cemetery to shoot photos on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas day, my assignment was much better. I shot hundreds of homeless people being fed Christmas dinner in downtown. But first, the paper gave me a wrong address. When I got there no one was around. Immediately, two things went in my thought, either this is wrong place or the event cancelled. As I was about to call my editor, I received a text message from my editor saying that address really should be such-and-such a place, which was about 20 to 30 minutes drive. Anyway, when I got to that place, I was surprised to see Ambassador Jon Huntsman. I have known about him for a long time and have always admired his success and talent of speaking fluent Chinese. I never expected to see him at that place opening the door and welcoming the homeless people to have dinner. I was able to find a bit of time to introduce myself and speak with him in Chinese. I pay great respect to Jon Huntsman. I really think seeing him is the Christmas gift from God.
So here is my work journey over the last three days. The assignments I got these past three days are some of the most interesting, scary, exhausting, and exciting assignments during this internship.
As I am concluding this, I want to let you know that I love the place, people, history, and people’s passion for photography here. I again wish you all a wonderful holiday season.