Five years sounds like such a long time.
This week marked my five-year anniversary at the Centre Daily Times, and it doesn’t seem like that long at all. As I venture into my sixth year, I reflect on all of the experiences I had that I wouldn’t have had outside of the CDT.
I’ve covered some things that were big news — multiple coaching changes with Penn State football, a nationally watched trial, the building of a multimillion-dollar ice rink. Others were small on the scale of publicity but memorable to me.
In the dead of winter, through an ice storm, I rode on an ATV for the first time on the rails to trails in Snow Shoe. I canoed in Colyer Lake with President Judge Thomas King Kistler. I rock climbed, indoors and outdoors, camera in tow.
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I’ve seen gay marriage become legal in Pennsylvania and the happiness it brings to couples. I’ve been to countless free community events for all ages. Each year I’ve watched a youngster and Santa use those magical jingle bells to turn on the State College holiday tree.
On my trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for the TaxSlayer Bowl, I sat next to a woman on the plane who was amazed when I said I was a newspaper photographer. She said she never really thought of the person behind all the images that she sees day in and day out. The rest of the flight I noticed her closely looking for the tiny line of photo credits in the crease of a magazine.
There are a lot of us behind the lens around the world working to capture and share history. It’s not an all-fluff job, and I’ve definitely learned that over the years.
Some days come with long hours and the constant turning on of a scanner when you hear sirens.
I’ve hurt my hearing photographing concerts. I’ve been drenched on the sidelines of sporting events. I haven’t been able to feel my legs and feet after being at crash scenes in the bitter cold. And I’m constantly jumping out of the way of foul balls.
But I wouldn’t trade it. I love what I get to do every day and that it is different every day. I enjoy chatting with you all and hearing your stories. I laugh when people seem to know who I am when I say I’m with the CDT and appreciate the feedback on my images.
So thank you for looking for my photo byline. Here we go, Centre County — time to photograph another year.