Have you ever met someone who just wanted to help you? I have. His name is Bob.
Last year I met Bob Carey. I had come to Texas to be a faculty speaker at the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference. From the moment I met him he began to encourage me. It started in the Stockyards in Ft. Worth, Texas during the student workshop for the conference. Unbeknownst to me, he was observing me working with my students for the day. He approached me and told me he loved how I was working with and challenging the students to focus on storytelling. Then he invited me to be a faculty speaker at one of his conferences. Now, at that time, Bob was the President of the National Press Photographers Association. Needless to say I was quite honored and accepted his invitation almost immediately. We soon began to swap stories about photojournalism, changing storytelling technology, and about life. Four-months later I was teaching three classes at NPPA’s annual Convergence conference in Charleston, SC. Now, one year later I’m hanging out with Bob again at the SWPJC in Texas. I am grateful to have met Bob.