Who are you that you can leave me intoxicated by your beauty? Why should you receive a double-portion of such majestic sights and sounds? I miss you for I am simply helpless against your powers.
I am attempting to construct something that conveys the beauty in CA. Attempt being the operative word here. I’ll post it if I don’t get crippled by being overwhelmed first.
It’s true. I’m off to Ca to guest lecture at my alma mater, Brooks Institute of Photography on Tuesday March 17.
When I was a student our guest speakers included shooters from National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, USA TODAY, etc. The announcement of my speaking engagement went out on a popular photojournalism website, sportsshooter.com
I’m quite honored at the invitation and I am so looking forward to challenging, inspiring, and hopefully educating the students about visual journalism in this rocky time for the news media.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of my friends and family in attendance as well. My journey away from accounting and into photojournalism has been full of hard work, risk, and reward. I am so thankful to all of the people who have been there with me, spurred me on, and celebrated with me.
Somewhere over California by Garrett Hubbard ©2009
I’ve already gotten to see one good friend, Gary Fong, whom I will surely write about a little bit later and I plan on seeing my great friend Nate here in SF also. I’ll be posting some more from Ca. and I’ll try and present my case–in photographs of course– as to why this state is so awesome!
This week I saw reminders of an era gone by. One where steel mills were producing as fast as the American economy could demand it. A time where industry ruled and towns were built around a single factory. Our country, the economy , and industry have changed. However, much of the landscape in Pennsylvania I saw reminded me of the industrial revolution and the growth that followed. I drove past this scene in central Pa. today and had to turn around to capture it.
I just came back from Boston early this morning. Let me rephrase that for my New England friends. I just came back from “Bah-ston” this manning where I was on a photo shoot. I can’t give out many details since it’s supposed to run on the front page of USA TODAY on Thursday. I do have this photograph of one of the many tunnels in the Boston area.
Eight videos and photo assignments in five days. Between the Democratic National Convention in Denver and Hurricane Gustav in New Orleans I haven’t slept much in the past two weeks. Eighteen hour work-days have been the norm. I’ve been telling people that all I’ve been doing is working and sleeping. Thankfully Hurricane Gustav came ashore in Louisianna with less force than expected. It made landfall around 10:30 a.m. as a category 2 storm about 60 miles west of New Orleans where I was staying with the rest of the nine-person USA TODAY storm coverage team. Thankfully all the levees and flood walls held up!
Here is a link to all of the video packages I produced for USA TODAY during Gustav coverage. Though I can’t take credit for the “Singing through Gustav” piece. One of our reporters shot that and I put it on the site for her. My final package, and one of my favorites, I titled “Survival of the Lower Ninth Ward” is on the site now. Below is a photograph of Clarence Green, 52, a truck driver who lives in the Lower Ninth Ward and stayed behind despite the mandatory evacuation. Thankfully the flood wall along the industrial canal did not fail and flood the Lower Ninth again. He was one of three people I saw in the eerily quiet neighborhood the day after the storm.
The Lower Ninth Ward was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When Hurricane Gustav approached the residents evacuated and the levees held, and the flood walls stood strong leaving the neighborhood intact but with the feeling of a ghost town they day after the storm made landfall. A few people who stayed behind to ride out Hurricane Gustav share their story. Garrett Hubbard/USA TODAY
Garrett Hubbard is a visual storyteller. He utilizes both video & still photography to connect his clients with their audience. He has spent the past four years with USA TODAY—taking him to the White House, the Olympics, The Royal Wedding, and many other places around the world.
Garrett is thankful for the trust he receives from those who invite him to tell their stories and is grateful for mentors and friends who have invested in his life story.