In May, David Carthas at Businesweek took a big risk on me when I was still totally untested in the world of magazine feature essays and sent me to Paonia Colorado to document the town and it’s surrounding landscape as the citizens fought to stop fracking from coming to town. Businesweek has been an incredible magazine to work for this year. Special things can happen when you hire a bunch of really talented and passionate photo editors willing to take risks. Pictured here is organic farmer Kerry Noonan.
I know everybody does this type of thing but looking back on this year, I’m totally amazed and humbled at the photos i’ve gotten to make and the people i’ve gotten to meet so I’m going to post some of my favorite photos from my favorite projects/assignments. When I quit my crappy job at a brew pub late last September, I wasn’t totally sure if it was even possible to make a living freelancing in Salt Lake City without shooting babies and weddings. I was newly married and my incredible wife believed in me even when it seemed insane to try and make this photography thing work. She is a constant source of encouragement and she is a saint for putting up with the erratic schedule/travel.
I cannot express how thankful I am to everybody who has helped me out along the way. I definitely did not make this happen on my own and that is not lost on me.