PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHAEOLOGY

Poor naïve, little photojournalist Ben. First official Press pass working at the Cd’A Press.

Although for the most part, I’m less happy to be shooting and covering news less often than I used to, it does provide me an interesting distance from which I can look. Looking back that is.

Recently, I’ve been able to sit down and dig through my digital photo archives. Aside from just ensuring that everything is backed up appropriately, I’ve been able to look through my photos with a more experienced eye. Whether through my own self-selection at the time or at an editor’s call, there are always a number of images that “don’t make the cut.” But…for one reason or another, I’m drawn to them now.

Here is one of those such images. Way back in 2010 —*cue time machine whooshing noises* — I had effectively just begun my photography career interning at the Coeur d’Alene Press, alongside Jerome Pollos and Shawn Gust.

About halfway through the summer, I was assigned to cover the Steve Omi Memorial Swim on Lake Coeur d’Alene. And although it wasn’t quite the perfect photo to illustrate the event in the paper, I’ve come back to enjoy this shot of a tender moment before the event began:

 Marcos Donolo of Pullman reaches out to hold his daughter Kiara on Sanders Beach just before the Steve Omi Memorial Swim in Coeur d’Alene on July 18, 2009.  

Marcos Donolo of Pullman reaches out to hold his daughter Kiara on Sanders Beach just before the Steve Omi Memorial Swim in Coeur d’Alene on July 18, 2009.
 

I’ll be showing off a number of these images over the coming months here on Photo Forward. Hope you all enjoy digging up these older images as much as I do!