“America The Beautiful” at Jack O’ Lantern Show

Visitors look at a display with three giant pumpkins in the Laughing Tree section at the fourth annual Jack O' Lantern Spectacular Thursday night at Iroquois Park.

Visitors look at a display with three giant pumpkins in the Laughing Tree section at the fourth annual Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular Thursday night at Iroquois Park.

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Wooded hiking trail in Iroquois Park hosts pumpkin art display

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY BRIAN BOHANNON
SPECIAL TO COURIER-JOURNAL, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
The annual Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular opened at dusk on Thursday in Iroquois Park, where visitors toured the artistically carved, illuminated pumpkins on display along a quarter- mile hiking trail in the woods near the Iroquois Amphitheater.
This year’s theme, “America The Beautiful,” is set to music in scenes dedicated to states and current events.
Erika Nelson, community relations administrator with Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation, said with 3,528 visitors, Thursday could be the best opening night to date.
The Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular runs through Nov. 6, and is open from dusk until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from dusk until midnight Friday and Saturday.
Tickets range from $9 to $15, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation, which raises money for Metro Parks projects.
Fore more information, check out www.jackolanternlouisville.com or visit www.iroquoisamphitheater.com.

The Muhammad Ali Center for the Associated Press, 2012

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Muhammad Ali Saturday morning. My love and condolences go out to his family, friends and the people who worked with him, along with the public at large. He was an international icon loved and respected by all, and Louisville will miss him the most. But his presence will last forever.
While I’ve never been introduced to Muhammad Ali or had my photo taken with him, I’ve been near him on many occasions on assignment for the AP or shooting the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards for the Ali Center. Many of my AP file photos from a 2012 assignment are being used now.
Here’s the gallery I sent at that time.
Rest in peace, Ali.


Food photos: Proof on Main at 21c

Shot food for a restaurant review for The Courier-Journal, “Proof on Main decadent, despite blunders | Review” that published Wednesday, May 18.
Many thanks to Chef Mike Wajda for his patience – I couldn’t keep up with the pace of dishes being brought out to photograph!

The Marksbury Hen Roulade entree with apricot fowl sausage rye berry, roasted carrot and jus at Proof on Main in 21c Museum Hotel downtown at 702 W. Main Street. April 29, 2016

The Marksbury Hen Roulade entree with apricot fowl sausage rye berry, roasted carrot and jus at Proof on Main in 21c Museum Hotel downtown at 702 W. Main Street. April 29, 2016

Bellarmine University’s 63nd annual Commencement Exercises

I was up early last Saturday to cover Bellarmine’s outdoor graduation.
It was a cold, blustery morning and I was under-dressed for the elements with a light jacket. Had my fingerless gloves, but should’ve at least worn the neck gaiter. I was envious of those who’d thought to bring a stadium blanket to huddle under with others wearing stylish but unseasonable clothes.
Congratualtions to all those shivering grads and the family and friends that made the effort.

Lisa McCane of Vanceberg, Ky., left, takes a photo with her son Dalton McCane and his diploma after his graduation at Bellarmine University’s 63nd annual Commencement Exercises in the Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium on Clayton Field. May 14, 2016

Lisa McCane of Vanceberg, Ky., left, takes a photo with her son Dalton McCane and his diploma after his graduation at Bellarmine University’s 63nd annual Commencement Exercises in the Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium on Clayton Field. May 14, 2016


Here’s the story on The Courier-Journal website, “Bellarmine graduates 603 at outdoor ceremony.”

Orange jumpsuit jail cover for The Courier-Journal

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Director Mark E. Bolton April 26, 2016

Inmates fill the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections old jail facilities. April 26, 2016

I had photos on the cover of the Wednesday, April 27, 2016 issue of The Courier-Journal for the story, “Director Addresses Overcrowding in Jails: Bolton assures public that old jail now housing inmates is safe.” Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Director Mark E. Bolton made his case to the media.

The cover of the Wednesday, April 27, 2016 issue of The Courier-JournalAfter the jail press conference to explain why new inmates are being placed in the old jail, a few of us were taken on a tour by LMDC Assistant Director Steve Durham to see the space and take pictures along the way.

After seeing a few empty but soon-to-be-filled cells, we ended up at a block that had already been filled with around 30 inmates. It’s always best to have a person in your photos, but unless corrections has a signed photo release for an inmate, you’re not allowed to show their face. Durham and a lieutenant that were showing us around were speaking with inmates through the bars while inmates mugged at the TV camera. But then I went around the corner and noticed the horizontal slot where trays are slid through the bars. In the foreground an inmate in orange jumpsuit with “LMDC” printed on the pants leaned on the pay telephones, and the group of inmates to the left were soft and in brighter light. They paid attention to the reporters and TV photographers while I made a candid photo through the slot with and without flash.

Then it was gone. Everything changed as Durham and the others were on the move back to the conference room where we began and the other inmates had busted me, looking my way. Tour over.