As photographers we're called upon to take a photograph that will get the readers' attention, be an honest depicting and tell the story. Some stories we do, we are asked to come up with a photograph again and again of the same subject. One story is the Allegheny College student's crossing over North Main Street, a state road that divides the campus in half. Also as photographers we want to try to tell a story in a new way. This is a dilemma when its the fourth or fifth time you're sent out to take the same location. We try and often aren't successful doing this. Even though I felt this picture was a little too subtle for our editors who tend to prefer more straightforward obvious reading photographs, I was happy that I got all the elements needed to tell the story in a good composition that I feel would grab the readers' attention and read the cutline more closely. Meadville Tribune photograph by Richar
The face is one of the great expressive devices with have--perhaps voice and dance from a soulful person moves us more, but the face tells so much of a story, so deep in the truth that, as photographers, we try to capture something deeper than the surface within the subtleties of an expression. I think its in these subtleties that the best portraits come. When we do it right, its really something. Photographs by Richard Sayer
A few weeks back a conversation led to a request that led to a chance meeting and a few pictures late at night in an impromptu photo shoot. Harmony Motter and I met for a couple beers and to just hang out, we have been working to formulate the beginnings of this business and we haven't had a chance to just hang out, so we did. Earlier in the day I was trying to set up this photo shoot with Jacqueline and never heard from her. As Harmony and I were chatting in walks Jacqueline and before we knew it we were in the studio making pictures. Nothing special was arranged, we just set up some lights and started making some pictures. Jacqueline has a very classic movie star look and that fits right in with my current obsession with George Hurrell photographs of starlets and stars from the 30's and 40's especially. I do know I need different lights to use and a bigger studio space to really pull off what I ultimately want, but for now I'm having fun looking at the way lights and shadows play on cheek bones and eye lashes a lips an
Loretta Bartholomew talks with her brother after finding out she has 30 days to mover her trailer from the trailer park she has lived in for years in Conneaut Lake. The mother of two working 2 jobs to put her kids through college dosen't know what she is going to do. Moving with cost a couple thousand dollars that she says she doesn't have.
These assignments are tough ones to get real life moments, generally the subjects know we're coming and often they are the ones who have called us in. When I saw this woman on her phone talking a visibly upset I felt I had a t least a real picture to tell the story. Its by no means an award winner, but I feel very good about capturing a real expressive moment in a tough situation. Meadville Tribune photograph by Richard Sayer
I tell journalism students whenever I get a chance that sometimes spending time at the assignments that seem to have nothing visual to offer is a challenge to put yourself in. This assignment was billed as a rally for homelessness. Virtually no one showed up for this rally. The speakers spoke to some students having lunch, but that was about it. Two of the speakers then sat down and had a conversation. I spent some time focussing in on these speakers in hopes of finding a compelling picture to draw the readers into the story. I got this shot of Steve Thomas, a former homeless man in D.C. as he chatted with another person at an information table after the speeches. Meadville Tribune photograph by Rich
This is a photo piece that was entered into the Meadville Council on the Arts show, 'October Evenings.' I named it 'David's woods.' After living in Savannah, Georgia for two years and near Portland, Maine for two years, I was starting to think of myself as a city gal. But, when I returned to Crawford County in February of 2009, I was quickly reminded of how much of a country girl I really am. These photographs were made in the woods of my father, David's property. He loves those woods and any free chance he has, one can usually find him out there building some kind of new universe. So these photographs are about the country, holding things close to the chest and really loving to watch things grow. YIKES!! Pretty deep, I know!
Anyway, if you get a chance, stop by the Market House in Meadville and take a look at the show. If you have a few extra dollars throw some towards the Meadville Council on the Arts. They aren't doing do so hot financially.
This picture of Sue Kilburn is part of an exhibition at the Yolanda Barco Oncology Institute in Vern Township. The show of photographs of Sue will be up the entire month in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Also on the Meadville Tribune website are daily stories by Sue about her experiences with breast cancer.
Also you hear Sue talk about cancer and see more photos at by clicking here
Photograph by Richard Sayer