Many thanks to Keith Stone, managing editor at LEO Weekly, for asking me to shoot this and get quotes and write a copy block. He positioned the story well with a tweak to the lede that made it a warm-up to President Trump’s upcoming visit. Glad to also have my photos run online and for the online teaser inside the next issue. See the story and photos in the LEO Weekly March 15, 2017 issue.
Here’s another restaurant/food story … (With much thanks to Chef/Owners Kathy Cary of Lilly’s and La Peche, Anoosh Shariat and Paula Barmore of anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh and Louvino’s owner Chad Coulter for allowing me into their kitchens and dining rooms for photos.)
On the stands today: “Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville,” a LEO Weekly feature by Susan Riegler about how the locally-owned restaurants we enjoy in Louisville are dealing with hiring new staff.
For some restaurants, it has led to signing bonuses. (Go read the story for more about that.) For me, it was about blur, yet with something in focus.
For this assignment, I spent time shooting during breakfast at Noosh Nosh and anoosh Bistro, during lunch and dinner in Lilly’s kitchen and then during dinner at Louvino. Probably more time than I needed to at Lilly’s, but I was directed to “shoot something artsy” by Keith Stone, managing editor at the LEO, for their square cover. So I was there dragging the shutter and panning the motion of server Rosalie Guthrie as she expedited food, walking backward in front of her to the dining room. Generally, getting in her way. I tried rear curtain synch on Allen Grimm, Chef de Cuisine, while he prepared dishes. Blur, baby, blur! Lilly’s Chef/Owner Kathy Cary walked past the camera, rendered as a ghost passing the in-focus staff in the background.
After all that, they choose a great portrait of Cary for the cover, standing still and looking at the camera.
Here’s a gallery of more images from the assignment:
I provided photos for a Michael L. Jones story that appeared on the June 1, 2016 cover of the LEO Weekly, “New Faces of Hope, breaking the prison cycle“.
The feature profiles Gisela Nelson and her husband Paul Nelson Sr., who formed the New Legacy Reentry Corp., a faith-based organization that hopes to break the cycle of chronic recidivism for ex-offenders who have been incarcerated for nonviolent, nonsexual crimes. When the convict leaves prison, they’re given a place to live, a job and a chance to restart their life in a supportive environment. They’re an inspiring couple with a successful program.
I shot the photos for the story published in the Jan. 20, 2016 issue of the LEO Weekly, “Families Behind Bars: The Cycle of Imprisonment” by Michael L. Jones.
I worked with Michael on this piece on the the costs of incarceration on the families of the incarcerated over five shoots, two at the jail. We spoke with those affected the most, the family members waiting for the release of loved ones and those in jail waiting to go home, and the jailers that keep them.
“Communities pay a high cost for the cycle of imprisonment — both literally and figuratively. Metro Corrections has about 1,800 prisoners on any given day. Bolton says it costs $72 a day to incarcerate a prisoner. The charges go up to $340 a day if the inmate has physical or mental health issues. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, Kentucky has the seventh-highest incarceration rate in the world. Our state imprisons 948 people per 100,000 residents compared to the national average of 716 people for every 100,000 residents, which is still higher than most industrial nations.”
Here’s a gallery of some of the portraits made for the story:
LEO Weekly June 24, 2015 cover story by Michael L. Jones:
The shooting, the letter and the protest
Protesters gathered outside the Louisville Metro Police Department in response to the open letter in the Courier-Journal by Sgt. Dave Mutchler, president of the River City FOP Lodge 614, following the June 13 shooting death of Sudanese immigrant Deng Manyoun by LMPD Officer Nathan Blanford. A “Face-To-Face” community forum followed that evening at 4th Street United Methodist Church in Old Louisville. See the story and photos, FOP Action Protest
Here’s a slideshow of my take: