Whether you're a portrait, commercial, or a fine art
photographer, there is so much more than just making a pretty picture. Photojournalism is definitely not for everybody, but I have come to realize that it is for my son. He gets it, he really gets it. He tells a story and studies a person's body language like a pro.
When I was Andrew's age, I wanted to work for Sports Illustrated. I loved sports and lived for softball. In high school, I spent a lot of time shooting and had a tiny darkroom in our basement. If you stretched your arms out, you could touch the walls. Ahh, the smell of chemicals and a fresh box of photographic paper.
Andrew dreams of shooting for National Georgraphic. He has had a subscription for years and has been critiqued by two NG photographers.
He spends countless hours at a computer editing images. He hates when I stand over his shoulder but is very open to my criticism. I feel like he is reading my mind when he is cropping. It's kind of wierd really. He gets so excited when we talk shop and I really like when he shadows me at work. The conversation in the car between assignments is the best and since I work long hours at the Press, it is a great time to catch up.
Who knows, maybe someday he will work for National Geographic!
Check out his website: http://www.wix.com/AndrewAvalone/Andrew-Avalone-Images