True Adil Majid (far right), a member of the Muslim Student Association at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, leads a prayer of supplication for slain aid worker Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig during a memorial service for Kassig at the Indiana Interchurch Center in Indianapolis, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Alex Farris
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2014.12.21
There are 10 days left in the year, so now is the perfect time to remember that I am behind on my posts. I picked a good time to accidentally stop posting; I could focus on a new job with ScribeAmerica and on my biochemistry class, and that photo illustration of the partial solar eclipse is quite pretty, isn't it? Alas, it is time to knock it down the list of most recent posts and upload some new photos.

This first batch of catch-up is just that: the first. I also neglected to post photos from two weddings, one in the summer and one in the fall. Those deserve their own entries, and they'll go up before the year-end recap.

Unlike what I've done with most previous entries, I'll select only one photo from each assignment. It's an exercise I've grown away from, given the focus of my Star assignments on filling pageview-greedy photo galleries, but choosing only one photo from these assignments is refreshing. I hope you like it.

One more thing: Last week, Michel du Cille died at the age of 58 while covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He was a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who worked for the Miami Herald and The Washington Post, but before all of that, he was a photographer for the Indiana Daily Student and a graduate of Indiana University. I had the fortune of being in the same room as him on three separate occasions: a lecture and after-lecture photos during centennial celebrations of the IU School of Journalism; a lecture with two other Pulitzer-winning IU alumni; and possibly my most helpful (and most humbling) photo critique. I'll never forget how good he was at seeing the ordinariness in photos I, the day after taking them, thought made up a great set of breaking-news work, and his ability to pick out a set of photos that most effectively told a story. It's palpable in both his images and his words from Liberia.

You were a good guy, Michel. I hope people remember your work for years and years.

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Norm Weingart of Bloomington\'s Hudsucker Posse juggles torches during the inaugural Hallow\'s Eve benefit for Easter Seals Crossroads at City Market, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Norm Weingart of Bloomington's Hudsucker Posse juggles torches during the inaugural Hallow's Eve benefit for Easter Seals Crossroads at City Market, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Alex Farris
Lizzie Bates, costumed as Batman villain Poison Ivy, sings \ Lizzie Bates, costumed as Batman villain Poison Ivy, sings "Lady Marmalade" at Fireside Brewhouse, which hosted Scary-oke, a combination karaoke and costume contest, at its location in Greenwood, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Alex Farris
The Downtown Creepy Crawl, sponsored by Jagermeister, took costumed Halloween party people through Cadillac Ranch, Taps and Dolls, Ike and Jonesy\'s, Blu, and Tiki Bob\'s bars, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The Downtown Creepy Crawl, sponsored by Jagermeister, took costumed Halloween party people through Cadillac Ranch, Taps and Dolls, Ike and Jonesy's, Blu, and Tiki Bob's bars, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Alex Farris
Carmel junior Ben Veatch beats Brebeuf senior Zack Snider over the finish line in first place during the IHSAA Boys Cross Country State Finals at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Carmel junior Ben Veatch beats Brebeuf senior Zack Snider over the finish line in first place during the IHSAA Boys Cross Country State Finals at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Alex Farris
Adil Majid (far right), a member of the Muslim Student Association at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, leads a prayer of supplication for slain aid worker Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig during a memorial service for Kassig at the Indiana Interchurch Center in Indianapolis, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Adil Majid (far right), a member of the Muslim Student Association at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, leads a prayer of supplication for slain aid worker Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig during a memorial service for Kassig at the Indiana Interchurch Center in Indianapolis, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Alex Farris
Southport junior Luke Johnston knocks the ball away from Brownsburg sophomore Landon Hall during a game between Brownsburg and Southport at Southport High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Southport junior Luke Johnston knocks the ball away from Brownsburg sophomore Landon Hall during a game between Brownsburg and Southport at Southport High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Alex Farris
alt-J performs at the Deck the Hall Ball in the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. alt-J performs at the Deck the Hall Ball in the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Alex Farris
Hamilton Southeastern plays greet Pendleton Heights junior varsity players before Pendleton Heights\' 62-30 victory over Hamilton Southeastern at Pendleton Heights High School, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Hamilton Southeastern plays greet Pendleton Heights junior varsity players before Pendleton Heights' 62-30 victory over Hamilton Southeastern at Pendleton Heights High School, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Alex Farris
Train lead vocalist Pat Monahan takes selfies with the audience using their phones during the WZPL Jingle Jam at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Train lead vocalist Pat Monahan takes selfies with the audience using their phones during the WZPL Jingle Jam at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Alex Farris
Bluebeard head chef Abbi Merriss and host Oreo Jones laugh while choreographing a bit involving a floating Nigerian prawn before filming an episode of local cooking show \ Bluebeard head chef Abbi Merriss and host Oreo Jones laugh while choreographing a bit involving a floating Nigerian prawn before filming an episode of local cooking show "Let's Do Lunch with Oreo Jones" at the Westgate studio on West 10th Street, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Alex Farris
Andy D performs during Andy D\'s Naughty or Nice Xmas Party at Indiana City Brewery, Brewing Co., Dec. 20, 2014. Andy D performs during Andy D's Naughty or Nice Xmas Party at Indiana City Brewery, Brewing Co., Dec. 20, 2014. Alex Farris

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