Archive for category: travel

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.

 

April 28, 2011
28 Apr 2011

Royal Wedding: Camping it up in royal style

Campers from all over the world gather to celebrate the Royal wedding from outside the city in Clapham Common. Garrett Hubbard / USA TODAY

Read the 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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April 27, 2011
27 Apr 2011

Royal Wedding: Everyone loves a wedding. Especially if it’s a royal one!

Will and Kate. It’s all people can talk about here in London this week. I’m here telling some stories, getting the inside scoop on the Royal family while simultaneously trying not to feed our addiction to celebrity. Enjoy.

Event Photography| Royal WeddingA woman hails a horse drawn carriage in front of Westminster Abbey, the church where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on Friday morning. Garrett Hubbard / USA TODAY

March 5, 2011
05 Mar 2011

A spur from Texas to go back to the blog

I just went to one of my favorite photography conferences of the year and was challenged by the Photoshop guru of the world* Scott Kelby to blog. So, I’m back to share some of my favorite photos, stories, and tips with you all!

DC Photography | Photo Blog

The new cowboy on the block. Meet Rory. He came to be a cowboy and drive longhorn steer at the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. © Garrett Hubbard 2011

Have you ever been to a conference where cowboys cracked their whips and the longhorn steer mozy’d on down the street? Anyone have any conference highlights/horror stories.


*Photoshop guru of the world is my title because well, he’s been the #1 technology teacher for the past six years. I also had the opportunity to guest blog for Scott last July.

August 7, 2010
07 Aug 2010

The best camera

Have you ever wondered which camera is the absolute best? The adverts will happily help you make that decision. People on various photography websites can suggest how to best drop $10,000 on a few lenses. Your friends might also tell you that Nikon is better than Canon. Well, I’m here to settle the matter for you. As a former Nikon shooter, now Canon shooter I want you to know that the best camera is the one you have with you. It’s really that simple.

Photography CameraCumulus clouds over Louisiana August 6, 2010. Taken with my nearly 3 Megapixel camera on my iPhone. © Garrett Hubbard 2010.

One of my photography professors and now friend, Greg Cooper from Brooks Institute of Photography taught me this profound and simple truth. My camera’s F-stop, Shutter speed, and ISO are unknown and it doesn’t really matter. Go out and take some photographs you love with the camera you have.
February 14, 2010
14 Feb 2010

Vancouver Valentines 2010

Happy Valentines from Vancouver. Here are two little love stories from Vancouver. No captions necessary. Enjoy.

Event Photography |Vancouver Valentines

December 2, 2009
02 Dec 2009

Dispatch from Choma, Zambia

Commercial Photography | Zambia School BoysThree boys share a mango after school on Tuesday in Choma, Zambia © Garrett Hubbard 2009.

Would love to share more about the importance of school uniforms, and parent’s difficult choices between food and their child’s education. However, I’ve got to get to bed. Our first full day out in the community orphan trusts where we will be bringing the equivalent of a Thanksgiving feast for 200 people. I pray that celebrate the love and hope of we have in Christ with them tomorrow!
November 29, 2009
29 Nov 2009

Destination Africa

The gear–well most of it–I need to make a mini documentary in Zambia. Volunteerring my time with some orphans and vulnerable children along with seven great people from my church. See you all mid-December.

November 6, 2009
06 Nov 2009

Chicago’s 2020 Olympic bid begins with street photography

The International Olympic Committee recently gave the 2016 Olympic bid to Rio de Janeiro. Even an in-person appeal by the Obama’s couldn’t sway the IOC to give the nod to Chicago. Well Chicago, here I am in your loving arms once again. I think this is the fourth or fifth time for 2009 but I cannot remember, I’m losing track. I do know, however, that I was here one year ago to the day for election night. In light of all the time I’ve spent in Chicago recently, I thought I’d start my own fight for the 2020 summer games. Here’s my ever so humble and ever so sardonic beginnings of my ad campaign (all photos taken Nov 5, 2009).

Photographers note: I don’t know if any of the below captions are funny and/or worth reading. It’s late and my what wits I have went to sleep hours ago.

In Chicago, everyone sees the best in themselves. Particularly so when we put them in front of the “skinny” squeeze mirror.

Yep, no caption for this one. I just really wanted to put it up. I like the quality & direction of light with the graphic elements. I’ll ask the ad team to make it work : )

In Chicago, we have created a proving ground for every soccer-mom in their SUV with our rough terrain. Also ideal for cycling criteriums. Guaranteed to get some crashes worthy of YouTube.

In Chicago, our urban development is green-centric. Condominium’s and weeds happily co-exist.

In Chicago, we build very tall emerald green brick walls. Why? Because we can.

In Chicago, our buildings are already golden, err amber, yes, that’s it. One caveat, only at night.
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