Tomorrow is February 5th, 2014... a date that marks my 6-month milestone at the Telegram. Sometimes it feels like I've been here for years, and other days I still feel like its only my first week on the job. I've been thinking a lot about how Rocky Mount and my experience at the Telegram has changed me (for better or worse) and what I've learned in the past six months... Here's a short list:
2. I learned to be patient. Rocky Mount has been slow going for me... I haven't really added anything to my portfolio aside from sports. I've been chasing and craving that one big, amazing image that will bolster my portfolio and just put me over the moon. But it hasn't really come. I do my best every single day to shoot to the best of my ability, but that image just hasn't found me yet. So I'm trying my best to be patient... and to focus on the task at hand and let that revelation come to me in it's own time.
3. I learned a bit about what I never want to become in this business. There are people out there, and I've met more than a few at my internships and beyond, who have lost their passion for this business. If you don't love it, live for it, crave it... then why are you still doing it?
4. I learned how to make something from nothing. Living here has been a challenge to say the very least. 600 miles from anyone I know and care about... and living in a town in which it is notoriously difficult to form friendships. I'll admit, I had my dark days. But rather than focusing on the bad, the lonely, the miserable, I learned to make something out of nothing. To find the joy in my alone time, to find the human interaction I needed in non-traditional ways. To lower my expectations and shift my perspective of what life should be. This may confuse some of you who have never experienced a situation like mine... Consider yourself lucky that you don't understand what I'm saying! Rather than mourning the loss of my social life, I found new ways to keep it alive, even if it was only enough to keep me going for another day, another week... And that has made all the difference.
Here are some images from the past 5 weeks or so. Enjoy and constructive criticism is always welcome.
|Tavoris Parker, 7, holds his eye and cries after falling down during a foot race Wednesday at the Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Nash & Edgecombe Counties.|
|From right, Adam Zammiello, 28, Ricky Richmond, 27, and Jason Gumpton, 27, tumble laughing down the hill after wrecking their sled Wednesday at the Tar River Reservoir.|
|Rocky Mount High's Rayshawn Elliot scores a nearfall against Southern Nash's Clinton Whittaker during Thursday's wrestling meet at Southern Nash.|
|Corey Jabar Alexander Jr., weighing in at 6lbs and 7oz was born at 11:56am Wednesday morning, the first baby born in Rocky Mount in 2014.|
|Members of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church and members of the NAACP celebrated the life of Martin Luther King during a special service featuring Dr. William Barber, II, President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.|
|Northern Nash High School wrestler Alan Johnson, left, sticks his tongue out while straining to pin Southern Nash High School's Jacob Brantley during their match Wednesday January 8, 2014 at Southern Nash High School in Bailey, NC.|
|Standing at only 5-feet tall, Nash Central High School's point guard Ni'Ya Styles is still the team's rising star.|
|April Batchelor, left, watches as wildlife rehabilitator Ricky Atkinson, right, winces in pain as an injured Red-tailed Hawk's talon rips through his glove and punctures his finger.|
|Jazmine Ortega, 7, makes a snow angel Wednesday at her aunt's Kirby Drive home in Rocky Mount, NC.|
|Rocky Mount High School's Jaquell Bryant looks for an opening to pass in a Southern Nash player's defense on Friday January 24, 2014 at Southern Nash High School in Bailey, NC.|
|NC Wesleyan's Taylor Paige, left, grabs a rebound while Maryville's Lailah Farmer, right, attempts to steal during Saturday's game.|
|Destiny Bridgers, 10, sips on a hot chocolate to stay warm in the chilly early morning air outside a church building in downtown Rocky Mount on Saturday January 18, 2014.|
|Rocky Mount High's John Mebane swims in the 200-yard freestyle competition at the Big East Conference Championship swim meet Thursday at Harrison Family YMCA.|