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Bringing back the landscapes

Posted in home, Middlesboro, photography, Photos for sale on December 29, 2007 by lenscapremoved

I did more than just stand on top of a mountain and take about 60 pictures of a city I couldn’t see through the fog yesterday.

I really enjoy shooting landscapes, and I think they’re good training. This summer taught me a lot about photography through shooting the land. But as much as it’s about the land, it’s not “things you can see from the road,” as I heard a fellow say this summer. As Dave will call one of his upcoming books, it’s more like, “This land I love.” Don’t just stand there and shoot the picture from the car, or pull into the turnout and shoot from the overlook.

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More and more this is what I’m pushing myself to do, especially since the workshop. I thought I was doing that, but apparently I wasn’t. It’s not obvious that I’m trying hard enough, so I’ll keep climbing hilltops and getting as dirty as need be until it’s proving for pictures. (Apply all this talk of mountains and getting dirty metaphorically, not literally. Unless you’re just a hippie or in love with the outdoors. Then that’s OK).

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I almost spilled into the road on this one. I was scaling down from the parking above me. Then I climbed on down to take the picture below.

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These next pictures seemed like they were going to be cooler than they were. I pulled over to shoot this cliff that hangs over the road. It looked like Colorado. I climbed up into it and shot a few pictures looking down, but they’re really not anything extraordinary.

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Two sided

Posted in Diary, Middlesboro, photography, photojournalism on December 28, 2007 by lenscapremoved

I felt like a giant. The feeling, surreal.

Standing above the borders of three states, the wind at my back and rain beating against my neck, I was on top of the world. Dozens of times I’ve stood at the Pinnacle overlook, but always on sunny days when tourist flock to the top of the mountain. Today, I was the only person there. I climbed up onto the rock wall and watching the fog roll in.

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Most days you can see Fern Lake, Middlesboro’s source for water. You can see three cities, Harrogate, Middlesboro and Cumberland Gap. Today, I could just see glances of Cumberland Gap as the fog broke as it rolled in. I felt a strong push to my back. I almost fell, but caught my footing on the slick rock wall. The wind was so forceful, it reminded me of standing on a mountain top in Hawaii where the wind could take your feet right out from under you. You have no control over your own body. I tried to turn and watch the fog roll from the South, but the rain was turning to ice and felt as solid as the rock I was standing on as it hit my eyes.

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At the time there seemed to be nothing else. It seemed like there was no way existence could be under all that fog. The weight of it would just smother the city out. It was just me, the mountain I was on, and the clouds bringing in what was now snow.

My hands were numb to the point that I couldn’t adjust my camera’s settings anymore but still had enough feeling to slightly sting. I didn’t really even care. I just put my camera inside of my raincoat and watched the clouds roll up and over the Tennessee mountain and into Kentucky, where they would stay in the crater of Middlesboro.

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I followed them. Down the mountain, around every curve and back into the same city that was previously whited out. It wasn’t breathtaking now. Looking up, it was just rain. Without the elevation, it’s just back to wet, nasty weather. I couldn’t see any good pictures anymore. I didn’t have that high I did before at the mountain top. But I guess life is just like that sometimes. One minute you’re up, and another you’re down.

But it’s good to know nothing is stopping me from climbing back to the top.

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A century of memories

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), home, Middlesboro, photography on December 23, 2007 by lenscapremoved

She doesn’t feel like it.

Flossie Clarkson has been around for almost 96 years, but doesn’t really feel that old.  She says her feet feel it though. “But I’ve been on ’em for almost 100 years,” she said.  My mom visits Flossie and gives her company. Flossie recalls 100 years worth of stories and doesn’t care to share them.

I wanted to tag along so I could take pictures, but I got more out of it than that. She really enjoyed our visit, and I really enjoyed it too. Let me know what you think.

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Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), Diary, Mary Margaret, Middlesboro on November 22, 2007 by lenscapremoved

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Robbie England sits with nurses on strike in front of ARH in Middlesboro, where his wife has been a nurse for 15 years, on Thanksgiving night.

Neutral. I am to tell this story, unbiased. Neutral.

Health care is something that is starting to become very important to me. It has came through taking my health care ethics class and discussing those topics with my nurse, Mary Margaret, and trying to keep up with the nurses strike in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.

It’s a story that I am becoming very interested in trying to tell. One of the most active stories in health care is happening right here in Kentucky, through the strike. It’s one that has been going untold, or unbalanced. Very easily coming out to be a he said she said story.

Well forget all of the he said she said. This is what I am saying.

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From left to right, meet Sherri Mills, Janice Patton and Robbie England. Mills has been in health care for 18 years and it’s been 13 years for Patton. England’s wife, Sonya, has been a nurse for ARH for the past 15 years.

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And now introducing Carla Ward. Ward, seen here eating her Thanksgiving dinner in a makeshift shelter in front of ARH in Middlesboro. Ward has been working at ARH in Middlesboro for the past 7 years.

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The four are only a small part of the 600, of ARH’s 750, who are refusing to cross the picket line. There are many stories within this overall. I realize it is more complicated than it’s being told. What I can appreciate is this group’s dedication. Not too many people would like to spend their Thanksgiving in the cold where the sky is spitting rain.

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Robbie England waves as a car passes and honks in support of the picketers cause.

Listening to the picketers I can feel their grief. They are pouring all of their efforts into this, and it would be much easier for them to just go back. But that’s not their cause. They feel beaten down. But they haven’t given up after months of protest.

I am just taking this and making it mine. I am going to try and work on this as much as possible and just document what is happening. I want to be unbiased, and I am when it comes to taking a stance on who is right. But I believe that a solution needs to be found.

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I found this brief on the Herald-Leader’s Web site. You can check it out and form your own opinion. From the Herald-Leader

Adieu

Posted in California, Middlesboro, Oak View, University of Kentucky, Ventura on October 3, 2007 by lenscapremoved

I’ve already written my farewell to Dave LaBelle. I wrote it in California, a place I have only ever seen because Dave loved me enough to invite me out with his family. The man has changed my life and given me so much direction, that I consider him a parent that took me in after I left my small nest in Middlesboro. Having met him, I think my parents would give their consent on that role as well.

Dave leaves this weekend. I wont see him until I make an effort to get back out to California for a week or so, or until he comes back this time next year. No matter what, his departure scares me. He has helped me gain so much direction in my life, and he could have done it all without the motivation of photography. I don’t care who you are, or what your interested in, Dave can talk to you and leave you with that, different, feeling.

But a part of Dave’s personality, is how free he is. He wont be locked down and will not be tamed. He will do what he feels right, which is something I’ve learned to respect most about him. At this time, it is right for him to head back to Oak View, California, where his wife Erin and boys, Henry and Tucker, are waiting. I hope sometime before next fall they’re there, waiting for me.

Dave told me at the workshop that he can’t wait until I’m coming back to help him with them, so he can be with all of us again and tell stories and just have fun with us. I’m already honored that he said that, because it means he has faith. He has faith I’ll be successful and good at whatever I do.

All this aside, because I believe I could type forever about how much I love Dave LaBelle (and have, click here), I wanted to show you what one of my best friends had to say about this situation. Allie Garza nearly made me cry with her farewell to Dave on her blog.

Please, click here to see what she had to say.

Between the lines:
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For those of you who are in Lexington tomorrow (Thursday Oct. 4) please stop by the Journalism Building in the Maggie Room, which is the first room on the left if you come through the front doors, sometime between 4-6 pm. Dave will be there and we will be having a farewell to the one who has revived UK photojournalism and changed the lives of every student who has had the opportunity to work with him.
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MHS soccer photos, Kelly Cline, 15

Posted in Middlesboro, Photos for sale on October 2, 2007 by lenscapremoved

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Photos are available for single prints or packages. Portraits available upon request. Prices are listed at the bottom.

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General Prices:

4×6………….$ 2.50

5×7………….$ 5.50

8×10…………$13.00

10×15…………$20.00

wallets(4) ..…..$3.00

Minimum of $8.00

 

Packages
A
five 4×6, one 5×7, two wallets…………..$17.00

B ten 4×6, two 5×7, two wallets……………$25.00

C fifteen 4×16, five 5×7, four wallets…….. $40.00

D ten 4×6, five 5×7, two 8×10……………. $55.00

E create your own package. Just contact me.

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MHS soccer photos, Dubin players 3 and 21

Posted in Middlesboro, Photos for sale on September 30, 2007 by lenscapremoved

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Photos are available for single prints pr packages. Portraits available upon request. Prices are listed at the bottom.

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General Prices:

4×6………….$ 2.50

5×7………….$ 5.50

8×10…………$13.00

10×15…………$20.00

wallets(4) ..…..$3.00

Minimum of $8.00

 

Packages
A
five 4×6, one 5×7, two wallets…………..$17.00

B ten 4×6, two 5×7, two wallets……………$25.00

C fifteen 4×16, five 5×7, four wallets…….. $40.00

D ten 4×6, five 5×7, two 8×10……………. $55.00

E create your own package. Just contact me.

All photos on Beyond the map stars © Brad Luttrell