Archive for category: photojournalism

January 21, 2016
21 Jan 2016

Poverty & electricity: Turning the lights on in Buena Vista, Guatemala | Not for profit video production

This story I told for Michigan’s Electric Coop Association (MECA) is one of my favorites in recent memory. Of all my travels to developing countries I’ve produced stories around famine, drought, HIV/AIDS, poverty, and community development to name a few. But, I’ve never focused on electricity and how it can help be a part of the solution in all of the above issues. This project came from a referral from my client at National Rural Electric Coop Assoc  (NRECA). My client at MECA saw my past projects for NRECA and said they my mix of artistry, narrative storytelling, and the authenticity of the messaging were a perfect fit for them.

I collaborated with my client to produce a narrative story arc that was aligned with the important messages about the volunteer linemen from Mich. going to Guatemala to bring power to this remote area. I believe that the why questions in life are more important than the how questions in life. I approach storytelling in the same way. For this story, the why–shortened life expectancy, lack of enterprise that keeps them in poverty–informs every part of this effort to send 10 people on a two-week 1000 mile journey. The how is the work that the linemen are doing. But that doesn’t really matter until we explore the why and invest people in this why. After that I lead people through the how and the what. So, that is the story I pre-produced with my client and the we lined up to speak share their story through our fixer in Guatemala.

At one point during pre-production, my client found out that she would also need some storytelling photos for various internal and external publications. My background is in photojournalism, and producing both video and photo stories simultaneously for USA TODAY, so naturally this was not a problem. My client saw the value in hiring only one person who could do both at a high level and who also knew how to align both mediums with their brand and messaging. All in all I was in the village of Buena Vista for 48 very wet hours.

After we were done with revisions, my client told me this video was better than anything they could have imagined. They leveraged the photo assets for a photo book, blog entries, magazines, and more. Anyhow, enough words. Watch the video, enjoy the photos, and go do something selfless today.

Poverty & electricity: Turning the lights on in Buena Vista, Guatemala. from Garrett Hubbard on Vimeo.

 

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

MECA Partners for Power project saw 10 volunteers from co-op's in Michigan travel to Guatemala to electrify the village of Buena Vista in Cuilco. © Garrett Hubbard 2015.

 

December 2, 2014
02 Dec 2014

DC National Prayer Gathering for McLean Bible Church

DC national prayer gathering

What a great project! I really enjoyed capturing 5000 people coming together to be unified and pray for God to use them to live out His love in DC. When I first heard about the upcoming National Prayer gathering, I knew it would be important to tell the story of this big event. McLean Bible Church was one of the 100’s of churches involved but they were also the church that made the biggest push to organize and facilitate the event. I reached out to my contacts there with whom I’ve worked in the past and suggested that they hire me to cover it so they could get the story out to news agencies worldwide and to use the images to get other people and churches involved in future events like this. As a photojournalist I knew I could capture the images that news organizations would publish. I also knew they would trust the authenticity of the images since I hold to the same code of journalism ethics as their organization or agency. I reached out to my contacts at newspapers and wire services and they ran the photos that same day. I’ve really enjoyed working with McLean Bible Church on various projects because they are loving our city in very tangible ways.

DC national prayer gathering

DC national prayer gathering

DC national prayer gathering

DC national prayer gathering

February 27, 2014
27 Feb 2014

Korean War veteran Rep. Charles Rangel | DC video production

Last June I was hired by USA TODAY to shoot an interview and make a portrait of Korean War veteran Congressman Charles Rangel for the 60th Anniversary of the war. Somehow I am just now posting this. Everything about the shoot had to move quickly because we only had about 15 minutes for the video interview and about 90 seconds after that for the portrait. One of my favorite things Rep. Rangel said was that he hasn’t had a bad day since the war. He shares this perspective the war has given him towards the end of the video which was edited by the staff at USA TODAY.

Korean War vet Rep. Charlie Rangel

June 4, 2013
04 Jun 2013

Capital Download for USA TODAY: Robert Dallek Presidential Historian

Robert Dallek, a well known Presidential Historian who has written books about the past half-dozen presidencies waxes on the “second-term curse” Obama might be facing IRS scandal and The Justice Department’s subpoena of Associated Press’ records thereby superseding the First Amendment. Interesting times for sure. Check out the full story and video here.

DC Photography| Presidential Historian Robert Dallek.

Robert Dallek Presidential Historian at his home in Washington, D.C.

June 4, 2013
04 Jun 2013

Capital Download for USA TODAY: Senator Lindsey Graham & Benghazi

DC Photography | Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Lindsey Graham had quite a few newsworthy things to say about the White House messaging after the fatal attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Here is a link to the 3 camera shoot I produced as well as the 90-second portrait I made afterward.

April 4, 2013
04 Apr 2013

Capital Download for USA TODAY: RNC Reince Priebus

I had the opportunity to produce another 3 camera video shoot for USA TODAY’s weekly Capital Download series and then do a 90-second portrait with the Republican National Chairman Reince Preibus. Here is the link to the video and story.

I’m pretty sure that his parents gave him this name hoping he would have a successful life in politics.

DC Photography | Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus

RNC Reince Priebus

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April 2, 2013
02 Apr 2013

MLK Jr’s legacy and a 3 camera shoot with Lee Saunders AFSCME’s president for USA TODAY

Commercial Photography | Portrait of AFL CIO President Lee Saunders

Portrait of AFSCME President Lee Saunders

Late last week I was hired by USA TODAY to produce a 3 camera shoot for their weekly series called Capital Download. This Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page interviewed Lee Saunders AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) President at their office on K Street. I also did a 2 minute portrait afterwards which is a little longer than normal for someone of his stature. Many thanks to Chris, the Assistant Director of Media and Field Communications for making the shoot run so smoothly. Also a big thank you to USA TODAY video editor extraordinaire for helping produce the shoot and for assisting me with the lighting on this portrait. Here is a link to the story and video.

March 6, 2013
06 Mar 2013

Snowquester – Early afternoon. Winter continues its reign

Snowquester continues and a good time was had by all.

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December 8, 2011
08 Dec 2011

From homelessness to hometown title fight

DC Photography | Peterson Brothers
The Peterson brothers rise from homelessness to professional boxers thanks to their head trainer Barry Hunter (center). Photo by Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY

Tears, sweat, and love. But it was mostly love that propelled Lamont Peterson to the upcoming World Championship title fight this Saturday at the Convention Center in D.C. I met the Peterson brothers Monday night and took this portrait as well as made a quick video story. Watch to my story video here or read more about their story here.

April 28, 2011
28 Apr 2011

Royal Wedding: The Brits and their hats

Louis Mariette, a bespoke hat couture (read: fancy!) designer in his London studio with a hat inspired by the Lilac-Breasted Roller, the National bird of Botswana–where Mariette grew up. Garrett Hubbard / USA TODAY

Check out the story and video here


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