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Go west, young medical student
Before starting the huge adventure that is medical school, I went on a completely different adventure.
A harpist, an orchestra conductor, and a bee!
Come for the journalism, stay for the photos of insects.
High school basketball, Boys and Girls Club, and new kite photos!
Dusting off the kite and the GoPro for some new views
Kite aerial photography at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
On Monday, I was accepted into the IU School of Medicine. Today, I was paid to fly a kite. Truly, we live in interesting times.
Wrestling, Nelly, pampered kids, and basketball
I continue to be wowed by the variety of experiences that newspaper work allows me to have.
Food, swimming, an engagement, and more food
or Clearing the Traffic Jam, 2015 Edition
These may be posted in March, but I wouldn't know it from looking outside.
This was 2014.
A three-year tradition for this four-year-old blog. (Whoops. Sorry, 2011.)
This year doesn't feel quite as transformative as did 2013. At least, any transformation that occurred was nowhere near as sudden or cataclysmic. The theme this year is progress.
Wouldn't you know it, self-promotion works.
The post went up eventually!
or I missed posting 11 photo assignments
or Let's use this ketchup before it expires
or How many puns can I make about ketchup? I don't know, but more than I should make, I know that.
Partial Solar Eclipse of 2014
Wherein the Moon played peekaboo (partially) with us and the Sun
This is most of October.
There will be more!
This is September.
Good news, concerning both med school prospects and journalism
Georgia Reese's and community clean-up
or Two batches of color on dead trees
Featuring a new restaurant and a neighborhood hoping to renew itself
Kiss and Def Leppard do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
hard rock + makeup + ice buckets
Walk for Water and Tri-Indy Triathlon
Featuring lots of walking and a little paddleboating
I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and I got what may be my favorite pre-ceremony photo of a bride.
Zac Brown Band at Klipsch Music Center
Fourth of July, taken slowly
In a respite from deadline-induced blindness
Indiana Fever vs. Tulsa Shock
Guess which Black Keys song is still stuck in my head?
This was (the rest of) May.
Featuring a sport and... a thing that's almost a sport? ...Nah, it's not a sport. But it's got fans and passion like a sport.
CA-me-lo-PAR-da-lids meteor shower
Only three meteors caught over an hour, but I got some kick-ass star circles
Four concerts and a train
Now that the spring semester is over, I have time to blog
2014 Little 500
It's spring, it's college, it's athleticism, it's determination, it's the pinnacle of life in a great many ways.
It is finally obviously spring!
or This entry is finally posted!
Entry lost and forgotten in draft form; finally posted on May 12
IU School of Medicine Evening of the Arts
My future flashed before my eyes.
What have I been up to lately?
It's been a month since I've updated the blog, so let's fix that.
Carnaval at Jazz Kitchen and Ghost the Musical
Cultural cannibalism and... Ghost? The Musical?
What I Should Have Entered for INPA CPOY, and Other Insights
(but mostly Other Insights)
Twelve parts photos, a million parts introspection and future-gazing
Lots and lots of work in February
Six assignments in one entry, because organic chemistry takes up so much time
Megan Hilty at the Columbia Club
While most other sane people were staying inside and out of the new snow that came down Saturday evening...
This is 2014, so far
or Clearing the Traffic Jam, New Year's Edition
Includes four assignments (four!) done this past weekend
This was 2013.
Here's my attempt to explain a year that was wonderfully undefinable.
IU men's basketball vs. North Florida
or Back Home Again in Assembly Hall
I was so excited to go back. I stepped onto the floor, all the memories came rushing back, and it just felt right.
Christmas on the Square in Danville
The first of probably a lot of Christmas 2013 photos
Way up there and way down here
From a comet to 3-day-old zebrafish
Meeting Tim O'Brien at VonnegutFest
"I adored The Things They Carried!" I said, being completely fanboy about it.
IHSAA Cross Country State Finals
These are fast people, even over long distances.
Halloween at Tin Roof
This might be a yearly occurrence. I wouldn't mind.
Miss Irvington Pageant, Franklin College football, and breast cancer research 5K
With a little window and flash trick
On the off chance that 'Gravity' really happens
If Sandra Bullock has to navigate through the ISS's debris, I at least have my own record of its orbit.
GermanFest Beer Games and Key to the Cure
Featuring beer steins, a stuffed cow, and next year's fashions shown off for a good cause
Art vs. Art, Oktoberfest, Brewfest
Effectively, three parties in 24 hours.
A music festival, a car show, and a time warp
Let's do that last one again!
The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band at the Indiana State Fair
This is the Indiana I love.
Walk for Water 5K Event
With a math placement exam sandwiched in the middle
Greenwood Summer Concert Series
Kids are the epitome of photogenic.
Kendrick Lamar, puppets and VentureCamp
or A very productive weekend
The grand finale: A1 photo, above the fold
Indiana Girls Lacrosse State Championship
A great game and a big announcement
A night at Saddle Up
No bucking bull this time, but still some dancing and beautiful people
Danny Brown at Deluxe
The New York Times calls him "a terrific and terrifically weird rapper." I concur.
May Day at Klipsch Music Center
The 90s return!
Back to freelancing
Bonus content: a book recommendation
Week Six at the Journal & Courier
I end with lots of bugs.
Week Five at the Journal & Courier
An aging brain and a few young'ins
Week Four at the Journal & Courier
Basketball, a crown of thorns, and kids with Easter eggs
Some star trails
or Light pollution: a bane of my existence
Also: the moon can get freakishly bloody-looking.
Week Three with the Journal & Courier
This kid has an eye for Easter eggs.
Two weeks with the Journal & Courier
A triumphant return to daily photojournalism in Lafayette
Operation Walk in Guatemala
Ninety-nine cases, 69 patients, four days.
Dance Kaleidoscope fundraising gala
An auction and some fancy clothes
Collected kite aerial photography
A continually updated page for all the best kite photos
Chicago kite-flying, part 2
Despite less wind, I still love taking photos from a kite in Chicago.
Mardi Gras at Jazz Kitchen and Kilroy's
Fat Tuesday: When, within two hours, you can get photos of both a band marching through a bar and women holding crawfish.
Lincoln and Dad's Excellent Adventure
An amendment, a proclamation, and a face.
Hawks in the Hall
Who knew you could play at Assembly Hall as a seventh grader?
Zoolala at the Indianapolis Zoo
Every assignment needs a blue macaw.
Norton Records benefit at the Melody Inn
An Indy benefit for a New York record label deluged by Sandy
Grace Potter at the Egyptian Room
Damn, she can rock.
Bar Crawl on East 82nd Street
You could call this a completely outsourced page.
This was 2012.
Ask not what the past year has done for you. Ask what you have done for the past year.
International Final Fridays at Social
The snow didn't keep everybody at home. Most everybody, but not everybody.
Rad Summer XXXmas Party at White Rabbit
...There wasn't much XXX about it.
Mayan Survival Party at the Vogue
Yes, we survived.
The Heffner family and the Peace Learning Center
"This is gonna be our first family photo!"
Holiday sweater party at The Vogue
woo Santa Claus prints
RA Niteclub Grand Opening
However you spell it, it's a new club.
Final Let Go! dance party
Let Go! and let flash.
Big Ten Football Championship fans
Sometimes, your favorite photo on an assignment isn't the one you were assigned to take.
Election Day in Columbus, Ohio
Until next time, you uber-battleground state, you.
Hear to Heal at Brownsburg High School
The 90s goes back to high school.
Halloween at Bella Vita
As Mike Fender said, this was bigger than Mr. Big.
Obama ends 48-hour campaign swing in Cleveland, Ohio
He was raspy from the rest of his cross-country tour, but I've never seen him use his fists so much.
Time-lapse during the Orionids meteor shower
Watching remnants of Halley's Comet fall through the sky
Obama makes stump speech at OSU in Columbus, Ohio
An editor's pick, a no-no to DSLRs, and Big Bird.
Circle City Classic Cabaret
Featuring Tank and SOS Band
The Windy City lives up to its name
And now for something completely different: flying a kite.
Obama and Romney campaign in Ohio
Whiplash, thy name is Ohio.
An old stone mill, an old firetruck, a new married couple
Paul Ryan stumps in Owensville, Ohio
or Politicians talk with their hands and faces
There's so much that politicians can say without saying a word.
Rascal Flatts at Klipsch Music Center
I don't mind this country music.
A lifeguard, some Zumba, and the Moon
Two IndyStar assignments, and a wink at the Moon.
A wedding-day collaboration with Steve Ligon and Rosi Jane's Photography
Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller at Klipsch Music Center
This might have been the smoothest concert I've ever taken photos of, logistically speaking.
Go fly a kite, with an iPhone attached to its string
or My first foray into kite aerial photography
The most cost-effective high-POV photo option is kite aerial photography, an on-again, off-again fascination with a very devoted fan base.
What to bring with you on a 160-mile bike ride in July
or Hey, look, it's an infographic!
If your future involves a 160-mile bike ride in July heat and you have someone to drive a car for you, then pay close attention.
Que siempre sea 'hasta luego'
In Chicago, these wonderful people were all I needed.
I've known the Cariaso family for a long time, but I was thankful to be a major part of the culmination of a long and happy life together.
I hope every wedding I shoot is this fun.
Arec and Kelsey are getting married!
It's hard to imagine anyone more perfect for each other than Arec and Kelsey.
Let's try this pinhole camera again.
The first try at a six-month pinhole camera got moved, so this time it's sturdier.
New flash toys
Getting new camera flash equipment makes any day feel like Christmas.
Second rock from the sun
Of course, NASA beats me, but I think I did pretty well with my limited resources.
Lauren Spierer, one year later
It can't have been a year since Lauren Spierer went missing. Can it?
Drake at Klipsch Music Center
I am forever grateful to event staff who like photographers.
NATO brings out the protesters
With the existence of such a large military alliance, "you have a hammer, [and] you see every problem as a nail."
"Mr. Big" Jerry Hostetler's run-down house
"The whole was far, far less than the sum of its parts."
Richard Mourdock, 15 months ago
Richard Mourdock's partisanship made me a bit chagrined.
500 Festival Rev Your Engines Concert
The month of May is getting so big that they had to push it into April.
2012 Little 500
Little 500 is my favorite event of the year.
Professional Bull Riders in Indianapolis
Oddly enough, this IS my first rodeo.
These things are different now.
A memory changes each time it is recalled.
Notre Dame women's basketball: The first of two straight Final Fours
The Notre Dame women's basketball team plays tonight in their second straight Final Four.
Marines put on a good wedding
or This isn't the Alex Farris Coding Blog
My cousin got married to a Marine this weekend at Quantico.
look ma im a REAL hackzorzasaurus
As Marty McFly said, "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."
woohoo its PHP OMG im a hackzorzasaurus
I can argue that I'm doing more web coding than most photographers would do.
Dumpster diving through the archives: Internal frame
Why, you might ask, would you limit a photo with an internal frame?
I am a Hoosier, but I was a Boilermaker
In which I discuss my conflicted relationship with the most important basketball rivalry in the state of Indiana
It's a marvelous night for a moondance
For the last few days, the Moon, Venus and Jupiter have appeared really close together in the Northern Hemisphere's western sky.
Ash Wednesday, brought to you (literally) by Christ Church Cathedral
The downtown cathedral provided ashes for people too busy for a full service.
Dumpster diving through the archives: motion blur
Capturing the blur of the preceding milliseconds helps tell the story in more dimensions.
Original Lincoln documents, or a few of my favorite things
As a nerd of many things, I'm a big fan of looking at original historical artifacts and holding them in my hands.
This is the last Super Bowl post. I swear.
or My city is hosting the Super Bowl (part 3)
I hope this video gives you a good idea of how much went on downtown, both in the Village and elsewhere on game day.
My city is hosting the Super Bowl (part 2)
or My city hosted the Super Bowl!
Here are some more photos from this week, all of which also appear on Demotix.
My city is hosting the Super Bowl (part 1)
As a native of Indianapolis, I both never thought this could happen and knew deep down that we could do it.
A note from sixth-graders warms the heart
I don't know what I'm doing right, but I must be doing it somehow.
shooting from the hip (re-do)
This time, it worked out.
Playing with lights
No, really, I just played around.
Let's not get too excited.
It's not meant to depress you, but rather to remind you not to expect too much.
The sun also rises (on camera, in a six-month project)
If everything works out, I'll have a present to open at the summer solstice.
IU fans describe The Moment at Nick's English Hut
One more story about Saturday's celebration before Hoosier Nation moves on to this weekend's game against Notre Dame.
IU basketball beats Kentucky 73-72, all hell breaks loose in Bloomington
I was able to capture the greatest moment in Indiana University basketball in about a decade.
Hawaii, Part 2
As Pearl Harbor commemorations occur, they provide a news peg for two things that I have been late in posting.
This kid's photogenic when he's fast.
You could argue that my photo career started with my brother.
Let me play among the stars
The night sky fills me with awe and fear at the same time.
P.U.M.P. for Lauren Spierer
Despite the length of time, the group is still out there, still reminding people that there is a woman missing.
The falling colors of the rainbow
No assignment, no blog post planned, just me, the shutter and the beautiful colors of fall.
It's not my award, but...
Larry not only won over photographers at the IDS; he also won over awards committee after awards committee.
shooting from the hip
I had set up a walkaround in Chicago with Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante for Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
Rick Perry at the Columbia Club
Rick Perry spoke at the top floor of the prestigious Columbia Club in Indianapolis today, the fourth G.O.P. candidate to visit here this year at the invitation of the Indiana Republican Party.
A Benefit for Brad
It was a benefit for Brad Humphrey, who was in the first row of the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair that ended before it began when the stage collapsed.
Boredom + corn = rural photo shoot
You have to see the row of corn in the daytime, stay up until 1 a.m., grab a Maglite out of the cabinet and hook up the new remote trigger you bought the previous week.
Chris Brown at Verizon Wireless
On Friday, I got a call from Mike Fender, the director of photography at The Indianapolis Star.
9/11/11 in South Bend
The view provided a poignant ending to a day that, ten years on, still pulls me back to that day in seventh grade when my science homework suddenly didn't seem that important.
Keystone Towers implosion
This might have been the coolest five seconds my eyes have seen.
Help for Haiti bike ride photos (donation)
It was St. Malachy's first Help for Haiti bike ride to raise money for my childhood church's medical mission to Ste. Marguerite parish in Port Margot, Haiti.
Bird photography makes a comeback
I'm not one to look for patterns in truly random events, but I wouldn't mind if this is a hint of more things to come.
I was thrilled to be such a large part of my friend David's best day ever.
(with apologies to Billy Joel)
I've learned so much about photography and life in Bloomington, and I've had so much fun doing it, so it's a little hard to leave.
2011 Ride Across INdiana
My dad, at 51 years old, is rockin' the bicycle like he did more than 20 years ago, and I couldn't be more proud of him.
One ant was carrying another, which was limp and seemed dead.
Five weeks without Lauren Spierer
Sadly, the search continues, despite all the people trying to get more information.
Monks & monks
J. Edward Calabro worked on two stories about different monastic traditions: the Benedictine at St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana, and the Buddhist at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington.
Fourth of July +2
Amvets Post 2000 was host to a Fourth of July event, complete with live music, fireworks and the parents of Lauren Spierer.
Two weeks without Lauren Spierer
We met Lauren Spierer's parents, Robert and Charlene, who had flown from New York to Indianapolis over the weekend.
He's the third of five siblings to get married, but by no means was it routine.
Bloomington Storms, 5/25-26/11
I knew storms were a'brewin', so I brought my camera with me.
Hawaii, Part 1
My previous blog entry is already out-of-date.
A few photos went up on the way to Hawaii
As I make this entry, I'm on a Delta Airlines flight to Hawaii.
Victor Oladipo sings "U Got It Bad"
It's hard to beat a singing basketball player, even if he was singing with the recording in the background.
2011 Little 500 Team Pursuit
or Clearing Traffic, Part 2
Like what a rider said, the event shows how a team works together.
2011 Little 500
or Clearing the Traffic Jam
I'll be using the next few entries to catch up, in slight reverse chronological order. We'll start with everyone's favorite event (no, seriously, it's awesome), the Little 500.
2011 Little 500 Individual Time Trials
Apparently, I matched form with content by accident today.
2011 Little 500 Qualifications
The Little 500 season kicks off during Rookie Week in early March, but the real feeling starts the weekend of Quals, which happened Saturday.
Waterfall with Bailey and Jake
Two journalist friends and I drove to a small waterfall near Harrodsburg, about 15 minutes outside of Bloomington.
We aren't going to Hiroshima. Yet.
Before we could leave Friday for our trip, another disaster, this time natural, hit the island.
Men's basketball at Illinois
IU lost to Illinois, which was completely expected.
Big Ten ticket wins IUSA election (redux)
After Michel du Cille's critique, I learned that I had made something passable.
Big Ten ticket wins IUSA election
Far into the future, I hope to cover a larger election celebration, but for now I'm satisfied with what I got last night.
Men's basketball at Ohio State
The photos from this Sunday's game are full of disappointment.
Men's basketball vs. Purdue
My parents will probably like the depression shown in the last photo.
Buses bump at Seventh Street and Woodlawn Avenue
It cleared up quickly.
A busy weekend
My memory might be failing me, but this might be the first time I have taken photos on assignment for six of seven days.
Monroe County jail on Valentine's Day with Brittney Hamm
Hamm and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, would visit Brittney's fiance of six months, Jere Brant Crouch, who has been in jail for seven months.
Against Me! at Rhino's
or Punk Rock is the Hardest Rock (to Shoot)
Two sore thighs, an achy back and a sweaty hoodie later, this is what I got.
Egypt: Not far from home
The good nature and optimism of those I talked to make me think the movement will succeed, eventually.
IU men's basketball vs. Iowa
Speaking as a student, I was devastated.
IU men's basketball vs. Minnesota
I get bored of doing the same thing the same way, as I'm sure everyone does.
Pro-life march to Planned Parenthood
or Thank God for payslips
On the drive there, I found a group of pro-lifers marching two days after the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
IU men's basketball vs. Illinois
Mixed among the first entries of the new blog (or the AFPB, if I feel pretentious) are a few catch-up things from the week before the founding. This is one of those entries.
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