Light & Life

Stories and Photographs of a Global Faith

I ended up at the LDS Church History Museum in downtown Salt Lake City by mistake. My assignment was actually in a diff building two blocks away. It was a lucky mistake, since I stumbled upon church photographers Leslie Nilsson and Cody Bell’s exhibit of photographs.

The show is up through the end of 2018. The prints are beautiful. There are some videos you can watch as well, which talk about the approach these two are going for – documentary style photographs, capturing the subjects as they are. Here are a bunch of links: 

Catching up – Minus Four

The credentials of four former Tribune photographers hanging above my desk.

What’s happened in my life since 2014? All good on the personal side. I’m still working at The Salt Lake Tribune, plus the fovi8 photo community is going strong. I’ve learned a ton in developing and coding that photo site. You upload and judge photos, you get feedback and in-game currency. There’s a monthly zine. We could always use new members so check it out. 

But 2018 was when everything happened in my photojournalism world.

One of my best friends and colleagues left the Tribune to establish what will surely be the best brewery in SLC. That put us down to seven photographers.

And then we had a massive layoff and lost three more.

It’s impossible to explain the loss of talent and experience and knowledge. But more important is the human cost, the emotional turmoil and scramble those three must have gone through. Their careers were extraordinary and each added to my life in impactful ways.

Our current staff is down to Francisco, Jeremy, Leah, Rachel, Rick, and me.

I don’t know how long the job lasts. If I thought about that a lot my performance would implode. All I think about now is going out strong, doing work I’m proud of, sprinting to the finish line. I want to take risks, stand where the other photographers aren’t, and do work that stands out. At this point, what have I got to lose?

Utah Photojournalism: 2009 – 2014

Yep. That’s it. On its fifth birthday (today), Utah Photojournalism is retiring. It’s time for a dignified end. A site like this should be either great, or gone. After drifting down to only ten or eleven posts per month, the possibility of being great is well beyond our collective reach.

And that’s a shame.

Even I stopped posting here, frustrated that the site had failed to keep the interest of the state’s photojournalists. Most of my colleagues also stopped posting here or never even started. Some of the most talented people I know, friends of mine with amazing photographs and stories, never posted here.

I always imagined what we could have done as a united group, posting our images together and sharing our experiences. For at least three of our years, it was magic. We even put out a book with the work of nearly thirty of Utah’s photojournalists.

But then we faded out, and it’s time to say goodbye.

To all photojournalists, photographers, friends, and readers who made this site what it was, through posting, commenting, reading… Thank You. It was a great run.

Our archive of posts will remain online and searchable, but there will be no new posts for the foreseeable future.


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