WWII Veteran (2004)

wwii veteran flag

The United States soccer team just qualified for the next round of the World Cup. Since I’m feeling patriotic, here’s an image of a World War II veteran holding a flag at a Memorial Day service at the Florida National Cemetery. This was taken while I was working as a photographer for a small newspaper in Central Florida. One of the few highlights of working as a photojournalist in Central Florida for a year was meeting so many WWII veterans and hearing their incredible stories.

Avail (2005)

avail common grounds gainesville

For about a year from summer 2004 to 2005, I lived in central Florida while working for a small newspaper. It was an interesting experience before I opted to head to Texas for graduate school. One of the few highlights from my time in Florida was living near Gainesville and seeing a number of memorable shows. This image is of Richmond, Virginia’s finest punk band Avail at the Common Grounds. I stood on stage to shoot the performance, but I only took about a dozen frames as I sang along with every song instead. Avail is one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live and this show one of my favorites I’ve ever seen. In column on the right in you can stream their album “Over the James” in the Spotify widget I’ll be updating each week.