I was going through some old files and came across this one that I shot at Temple Square several years ago. Leica M6 and Tri-X FTW.
As many of you know, rules that allow television cameras and audio recorders into state courts recently went into effect.
This is a big deal for Utah.
After discussions with content managers at the daily newspapers and television stations in the state, a system is in place right now whereby the media outlet shooting pool video will be able to share video with other outlets with relative ease. There will likely be a few bumps and tweaks along the way as we start sharing these files, but all in all we’re in a really good place right now and I’m really looking forward to this.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly. My email is jharmon (at) sltrib (dot) com.
It’s a good time to be a journalist in Utah.
These two are from when I worked at the Chronicle when I was going to the U. On September 10, 2002, Matt Hatfield, Peter Chudleigh and I were in the photo room at the Chrony complaining about how we wished we could be in New York the following day to photograph the one year anniversary of the attack. It was about 9pm. Long story short, about two hours later we were at the airport to catch the red eye to New York. We landed at 6am. Took a cab to the World Trade Center site. We saw James Nachtwey on the Brooklyn Bridge. He was wearing a white shirt. Imagine that. When we were done at the World Trade Center we took the subway to Times Square which was kind of a waste of time except we saw a limo driver get in a fight with some guy outside of MTV’s building. I have a photo of it somewhere but I haven’t seen it in years. After the fight, we headed back to the airport and were back in Salt Lake less than 24 hours after we first had the idea to go. I look at my photos from that day, and I would shoot it much differently now, but that trip has always been something I am really happy I did.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about when I was first starting out in photojournalism. As such, I’ve been looking back at photos I made when I was in school and during my internships. I thought it would be fun to share a handful of them over the next couple of days. This one shows the volunteer fire department lighting off fireworks on the 4th of July in 2002. I shot this on Tri-X with an old FM2 that I bought from Ravell Call. I loved that camera but as I was shooting these photos the shutter blew up on me. It wasn’t the only accident that night. The firefighter on the left got hit in the face by one of the fireworks as it shot into the air. At the time everyone was afraid it may have blinded him, but in the end, he was ok. I never got the camera fixed though.
Some of you may remember Frank Bott from when he worked at The Daily Herald. He was a member of the photo staff when I started there in 2004. Anyway, since he left Utah he has become quite the long distance runner and this weekend he competed in the Pony Express 100 which is an ultra-marathon run in the west desert. Basically, Frank was trying to run 100 miles along a course that would take him from a little campground near Faust, out to Fish Springs and then back to Simpson Springs. I was there, along with another friend of his, as his support crew. He made it 60 miles before we had to call it quits one mile past Fish Springs. He had been on the road for 15 hours at that point. This photo is from when he was 49 miles into the race. He walked his dog for about 100 yards as the sun was setting. He was exhausted at this point and this seemed to cheer him up.
As you can probably imagine, he drank a lot of fluids while we were out there.