University of Louisville students Connor Reynolds, 19, left, Pierce Frye, 18, and Spencer Kincaid, 18, help move Steve Wolf, right, into his apartment at the 800 Building downtown at 800 South Fourth St., after being hired by Wolf through an online moving/hauling/odd jobs platform called Bellhops. The web-based business is now taking hold in this area by connecting people who need short-term, inexpensive moving with a number of U of L students who want to pick up cash when they have time to work. Jan. 8, 2016

Moving Into The 800 Building

Last Friday I photographed someone moving into The 800 Building on Fourth Street using the app-based service Bellhops for a Courier-Journal assignment. I told the client (who was moving here from Chicago) about the glory days of The 800 when I moved there in the early 2000s.

There was a doorman in uniform at the front door at all times to greet residents and guests and buzz them in – and residents could use a cable channel to see who was at the door. To park, you pulled into the entrance and left the car running, and a valet would get in and park your car for you. When you were ready to leave, you’d page the valet with your apartment number and your car would be sitting there waiting for you. It was a cool place until a series of sales and management changes stripped away the doorman and valet services. When I left my 11th floor corner apartment on the northeast corner with a balcony above Fourth Street, a company had bought The 800 to convert it into condos, which never happened.

I’ll never forget flying balsa wood gliders off that balcony one night long ago …

See the story by Grace Schneider in the Courier-Journal, “Phone app connects muscle for quick moving

University of Louisville students Connor Reynolds, 19, left, Pierce Frye, 18, and Spencer Kincaid, 18, help move Steve Wolf, right, into his apartment at the 800 Building downtown at 800 South Fourth St., after being hired by Wolf through an online moving/hauling/odd jobs platform called Bellhops. The web-based business is now taking hold in this area by connecting people who need short-term, inexpensive moving with a number of U of L students who want to pick up cash when they have time to work. Jan. 8, 2016
University of Louisville students Connor Reynolds, 19, left, Pierce Frye, 18, and Spencer Kincaid, 18, help move Steve Wolf, right, into his apartment at the 800 Building downtown at 800 South Fourth St., after being hired by Wolf through an online moving/hauling/odd jobs platform called Bellhops. The web-based business is now taking hold in this area by connecting people who need short-term, inexpensive moving with a number of U of L students who want to pick up cash when they have time to work. Jan. 8, 2016

Front page photos on the Courier-Journal

Monday morning I was asked to go out and photograph people working in the cold. It was in the mid-twenties. So I went out feature hunting and shot seven situations and moved ’em! I was surprised to see that two photos made the cover with a story by Staff Writer Sheldon Shafer, “More Snow Tuesday, Then Back To The 50s
Here’s my take of workers in the cold:


A Taste Of Independents Fundraiser

Executive Chef Harold Baker, left, and Sous Chef Zack Wolf of Gary’s on Spring prepare another round of Chef Harold’s Award Winning Meatballs at A Taste of Independents, a fundraiser for Apron, Inc., at The Olmsted on Frankfort Avenue. July 12, 2015
Executive Chef Harold Baker, left, and Sous Chef Zack Wolf of Gary’s on Spring prepare another round of Chef Harold’s Award Winning Meatballs at A Taste of Independents, a fundraiser for Apron, Inc., at The Olmsted on Frankfort Avenue. July 12, 2015

Sunday I shot the “A Taste of Independents” Apron, Inc. fundraiser at The Olmsted for The Courier-Journal. It appeared in Monday’s print edition on the Metro section cover.

Normally, I don’t taste – I’m there to shoot, and it’s not easy. I’m looking for candid situations in a crowded, visually cluttered space in a limited amount of time. I don’t have hands free to carry food and drink around.

But I broke my rule! I tried Varanese’s Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop Topped with Apple-Bacon Chutney. It was so good. And, I was just standing there by the table for Ward 426, so I tried their Bacon Wrapped Chorizo-stuffed Dates in a Tomato Barbecue Sauce with Judy Schad Goat Cheese. My God. I had to get out of there! On my way out, I passed Chef Dean Corbett, owner of Corbett’s and Equus & Jack’s Lounge, talking with award-winning photographer Dan Dry. They were about to part, but seeing that I was about to photograph them, it seemed that Dan paused just long enough for me to frame and shoot … Candid enough!

See my photos and text at The Courier-Journal.com: Foodies enjoy fundraiser for independent eateries

JCPS project to teach compassion classes

Alexis Harris, PhD., right, an assistant professor from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, faces Jefferson County Public School teachers gathered in the library at Bloom Elementary School as they stretch during a movement and experiential section of training in a “compassionate schools" pilot program between JCPS and the University of Virginia. June 11, 2015
Alexis Harris, PhD., right, an assistant professor from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, faces Jefferson County Public School teachers gathered in the library at Bloom Elementary School as they stretch during a movement and experiential section of training in a “compassionate schools” pilot program between JCPS and the University of Virginia. June 11, 2015
Mindfulness training being taught to Jefferson County Public School teachers as “Compassion Classes” as part of a pilot program with the University of Virginia. See the story in The Courier-Journal: JCPS project to teach compassion classes Here’s my take from the class:


Louisville hackers code for public good

See The Courier-Journal story on Louisville’s National Code for America hackathon: Louisville hackers code for public good

Michael Schnuerle, a co-founder of Louisville's Code for America Brigade, the Civic Data Alliance, works on adding heights to all of Louisville's buildings on Open Street Maps at Hack for Change Louisville, the city’s official Code for America National Day of Civic Hacking event at Code Louisville. The Civic Data Alliance organized the event. June 6, 2015
Michael Schnuerle, a co-founder of Louisville’s Code for America Brigade, the Civic Data Alliance, works on adding heights to all of Louisville’s buildings on Open Street Maps at Hack for Change Louisville, the city’s official Code for America National Day of Civic Hacking event at Code Louisville. The Civic Data Alliance organized the event. June 6, 2015

Here’s a slideshow of the event photos:


Last Day of School for JCPS

The last moments of the last day for Jefferson County Public School students at Jeffersonville High School, on assignment for The Courier-Journal …

Jeffersontown High School junior Alan Bokanganzakomba, 17, left, sophomore Dakota White, 17, and junior Josh Ellery, 16 wait for the second round of buses to take them home after the last day in session for Jefferson County Public Schools. June 5, 2015
Jeffersontown High School junior Alan Bokanganzakomba, 17, left, sophomore Dakota White, 17, and junior Josh Ellery, 16 wait for the second round of buses to take them home after the last day in session for Jefferson County Public Schools. June 5, 2015

Repair Affair event day in the C-J

On the Sunday, June 15 Metro section cover in The Courier-Journal:

Marilyn Bailey, left, whose shotgun home on Oak Street in the Smoketown neighborhood is being repaired as part of New Directions’ Repair Affair collaboration with Preservation Louisville' s S.O.S. program, is comforted by Lisa Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at New Directions Housing Corporation and a runner for the event as she makes sure she's okay before moving on to another team of volunteers. June 14, 2014
Marilyn Bailey, left, whose shotgun home on Oak Street in the Smoketown neighborhood is being repaired as part of New Directions’ Repair Affair collaboration with Preservation Louisville’ s S.O.S. program, is comforted by Lisa Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at New Directions Housing Corporation and a runner for the event as she makes sure she’s okay before moving on to another team of volunteers. June 14, 2014

I shot it and wrote it. See the gallery here:
“Repair Affair volunteers clean, fix homes around city”

Past Graduations

A recollection of past graduations as I send off a quote to shoot one at a very cool school…

This is from my 1999 portfolio, titled Salem Graduate, 1999. That’s all I know right off, without digging through boxes of film for a caption sheet from way back then when I was doing these for The Courier–Journal Neighborhoods section, or in this case, The Indiana Weekly. Pre-digital, pre-metadata.