Archive for the ‘Photojournalism’ Category

Shovel racing on Element.ly

Snow shovel racing world championships in Angel Fire New Mexico. (Steven St John)

My images and words from the annual Shovel Race Championships are now on Element.ly  Thanks to Sol Neelman for giving me an good excuse to go, and to Jakob Schiller and everyone at Element.ly for giving this work another run – check it out now: http://element.ly/2015/02/shovel-faster-shovel/

 

 

Turquoise Trail for Medium

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See more on Medium:

https://medium.com/gone/ghost-towns-biker-joints-and-eerie-landscapes-driving-new-mexicos-turquoise-trail-7c01aa961e3

Brian Urlacher Retires

Brian Urlacher's success as an All Pro linebacker who has made it to the Super Bowl provides a charge of pride and enthusiasm for the residents of his struggling hometown of Lovington. Nike paid for this mural, depicting Urlacher in his high school uniform, which covers the side of a vacated building on South Main Street in Lovington. (Steven St. John/The Albuquerque Tribune)

Brian Urlacher is retiring. I photographed the UNM Lobo and Chicago Bear great a few times, and I also made the picture above in his home town of Lovington in the days leading up to the Superbowl. The mural was created by Nike for a commercial, and before that big game the mural was photographed by a number of local and national publications, but I liked my picture the best. I was the only photographer willing to wait around for the golden hour. I recently drove through town, and I was dishearten to see that the mural had been covers over with plain white paint. Everything is temporary.

Gathering of Nations revisited

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Here are a few frames from one of my favorite annual events, the Gathering of Nations. The challenge when you photograph an event year after year is trying to find new and fresh ways to see it. My first thought was to shoot some formal portraits, but for reasons I wont go into I wasn’t able to make it work, but that’s ok, I’ll keep that in my pocket for next year. One idea was to try to take advantage of amazing ISO capabilities of my Canon 5d Mark II and  shoot with a long (300mm) lens at a small aperture (f11 I think)to compress all the amazing faces and details. This is total rip-off of a picture my friend Craig Fritz made a few years ago at The Trib, I admit it, but I intentionally didn’t look at that picture before I went this year knowing I would most likely approach it from a little different perspective and that the moment would also naturally be different.  I know that last vertical photo is big, and I hope don’t have to scroll to see the whole thing, but even if you do you can still start to appreciate how these would look as giant prints.  You can see more photos from the Gathering of Nations on my archive here. Photos from 2010 Gathering of Nations are also availabe for liciense, that was amazing because the event was outside at University Stadium while the Pit was being renovated. Anyway, thanks for looking.

 

RIP Gertrude Zachary

Gertrude Zachary spent her life collecting antiques and designing jewelry. Now she's living in her dream home in downtown Albuquerque...CREDIT: Steven St. John for The Wall Street Journal (Steven St. John)

My friend Dan Mayfield is reporting that Gertrude Zachary has died. I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph her and her downtown Albuquerque castle for the Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo picked the images up, making it one of the most widely seen shoots I’ve ever had. Gertrude and I stayed in contact after the shoot and I gave her some prints for her collection. My thoughts are with her family. To see more from my time inside the castle, visit my archive:

http://sstjohn.photoshelter.com/gallery/Gertrude-Zacharys-downtown-castle/G0000qkzqE0lAVNk/