Carriage Hill Fire

Firefighters attempt to stop the fire in Carriage Hill building number 12 on February 26th, 2017. (WOUB / Drake Withers)

Firefighters spray water from the back of Carriage Hill building number 12 as the fire spreads towards the north end of the building. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Bystanders watch the fire from the field behind the Carriage Hill apartment complex. Residents from the adjacent building were also evacuated. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters spray water into the top of Carriage Hill building number 12. The fire spread from room to room, burning most of the interior of the building and destroying almost the entire roof. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters wait during a period of low water pressure, allowing the main water nozzles to take priority. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Bystanders watch the fire from the Carriage Hill parking lot. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Emergency responders continue to fight the fire in Carriage Hill building number 12 as more emergency vehicles arrive from neighboring cities. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters from various departments spray water into Carriage Hill building number 12 from the parking lot. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters break the windows in Carriage Hill building number 12 to spray water directly into the building. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

Firefighters spray water into Carriage Hill building number 12 from the roof of an adjacent building. The fire was prevented from spreading to any nearby structure, although building 12 was left in ruins. (Drake Withers / WOUB)

River City Blues Competition

Every year there is a blues competition in Marietta, Ohio. I attended this year on behalf of WOUB News; here are some of the photos:

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—Cedric Ridgeway and Luther Trammell, forming a two-piece band called Luther and Cedric “Lightning Blues,” perform at the 25th annual River City Blues Competition.

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—Michael Gough, vocalist and singer for the Gough Martin Blues Band, performs at the 25th annual River City Blues Competition with Gerry Smoot on drums.

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—John Martin plays a solo on the guitar while Gerry Smoot plays drums during the Gough Martin Blues Band’s part of the 25th annual River City Blues Competition.

MARIETTA, OHIO—February 18, 2017—The Gough Martin Blues Band, comprised of Patrick Preston (left), John Martin, Gerry Smoot, and Michael Gough, performs during the 25th annual River City Blues Competition.

Athens, Ohio Water Main Break

A break in a main pipe left the entire city of Athens, Ohio without water for a day. Schools and businesses were closed, and even after the repair the city was placed under a boil-water notice for two days more.

According to Nick Joseph, Division Supervisor for Engineering and Public Works, the rupture was caused by a “water hammer,” a phenomenon which causes more pressure to build up than the pipes can withstand. This site is close to the main water reservoir, Joseph says, and there was a similar rupture near this site about two and a half years ago.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 16, 2017—Pat Casco (left), Jon Young, Glen Goins, and Ryan Brickles wait for a new section of pipe after preparing the location of the water main break. 

ATHENS, OHIO—February 16, 2017—Jon Young (left) and Pat Casco, Engineering and Public Works employees, wade through muddy water to clean off the exposed segments of pipe in prepare it for its repair.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 16, 2017—Ryan Brickles (bottom left) and Jon Young clean off an exposed section of the Athens City water main with Pat Casco (top left) and Glen Goins (top right).

Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge visited our Athens, Ohio campus last week in collaboration with Adyn’s Dream, a non-profit group dedicated to the relief of families affected by cases of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I photographed the event on assignment for WOUB News.

Athens, Ohio—Senior Yoga

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Yoga instructor Linda Cochran leads a class of senior citizens during preliminary stretching exercises. The class brings dozens of seniors to the Athens public library every week, many of whom have attended for years.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Yoga instructor Linda Cochran helps Jelly Huizinga to relax during the opening stages of a class for senior citizens.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Alfred Clapp exercises alongside senior citizens in a weekly yoga class. Clapp attends to assist his mother, Alice Clapp, who resides in an assisted living facility.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Tutty Ice (left) and her friend Pam Boyer hold a difficult position during a senior yoga class taught in the public library.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Nancy Walker lies in a resting position at the end of a yoga class offered weekly to senior citizens. This position opens the chest cavity and facilitates meditation.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 15, 2017—Chuck Adkins enters a resting position at the close of a weekly yoga class offered to senior citizens.

The Canadian Brass

I had the opportunity to photograph The Canadian Brass in concert yesterday night for WOUB News. They were friendly and quite funny. Here are some of the photographs:

 

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—The Canadian Brass, comprised of Chuck Daellenbach (left), Bernhard Scully, Chris Coletti, Caleb Hudson, and Achilles Liarmakopoulos, takes the stage at Ohio Univerity’s Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. This concert is one of many hosted by the School of Music in the 2017 Performing Arts Series.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—The Canadian Brass performs in Ohio University’s Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—The Canadian Brass plays a concert at Ohio Univerity’s Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—Trumpet Chris Coletti plays from the rear of the auditorium during The Canadian Brass concert on Tuesday. Members of the quintet stationed themselves throughout the space as an example of the “first surround sound system.”

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—Director Daniel J. Hall conducts a choral ensemble with The Canadian Brass during Tuesday’s concert.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—Director Andrew Trachsel conducts as the Canadian Brass is joined by the Ohio University Wind Symphony during Tuesday’s concert.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—Caleb Hudson (right) performs a solo during The Canadian Brass’ concert on Tuesday. The solo is played on a piccolo trumpet, which is an octave higher than his standard instrument.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—Chuck Daellenbach, of The Canadian Brass, dances with his Tuba as part of a mock ballet, while Caleb Hudson, Bernhard Scully, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, and Chris Coletti play the roles of supporting dancers.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—Members of The Canadian Brass kneel at the finale of their concert Tuesday night.

ATHENS, OHIO—February 07, 2017—The Canadian Brass is applauded at the end of a performance during Tuesday’s concert.

Catching Up: Recent Work

Last month I moved to Athens, Ohio to study photojournalism at Ohio University. Although I feel that I lost momentum in the transition, I am excited to be a part of such an incredible program. I’m perhaps equally excited to be living in this part of the country.

So far I’ve shot a bit for class and for WOUB News. Here are some of the selects:

ATHENS, OHIO—January 26, 2017—Maddie Carter, 16, of Glouster, OH, inspects her newly touched-up tattoo while her mother, Angela Carter, waits. Maddie and Angela went to Skin Hooked, on Court St., to get matching tattoos on their ankles.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 25, 2017—Members of the Ohio University Band perform during the Women’s Basketball game against Western Michigan University.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 25, 2017—Bobcats’ forward Kelly Karlis charges past Western Michigan defenders

ATHENS, OHIO—January 25, 2017—Ohio University Forward Hannah Boesinger drives toward the hoop.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 25, 2017—Players stand around after Bobcats’ Guard Amani Burke was knocked over, striking her head. She was substituted to the sidelines but sustained no permanent injury.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 25, 2017—Ohio University Guard Quiera Lampkins exploits an opening in the Western Michigan defense.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 25, 2017—Players line up to shake hands after the Women’s Basketball game against Western Michigan University. The Bobcats won with a score of 80-66, with Katie Barker scoring 18 points.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 27, 2017—McKennah Robinson shows the name of her randomly assigned product to fellow Ohio University students Leah Keiter (left), Cara Hansen, and Danielle McCarthy. The drawing of index cards marks the beginning of Ad Club’s annual Ad Bowl, a competition requiring contestants to write and film an advertisement on their cell phones in a period of 24 hours.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 27, 2017—Cara Hansen (left center) and Leah Keiter inspect their assigned product at the kickoff of the 2017 Ad Bowl. The competition used to be an annual event, says Danielle McCarthy, Ad Club President, and after a brief hiatus the club is once again holding the event.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 28, 2017—Jackson Baehr and Sarah Abrams look as Gabby Hollowell holds up her computer during the planning stage of Ad Club’s annual Ad Bowl copmetition. The three students form a team that has been assigned to advertise the Softsoap brand.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 27, 2017—Leah Keiter (left) and Cara Hansen laugh with Danielle McCarthy (front left) and McKennah Robinson during the planning stage of Ad Club’s annual Ad Bowl competition.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 28, 2017—Sarah Abrams (left) uses a desk lamp to light Jackson Baehr as Gabby Hollowell films a scene for the team’s advertisement during the Ad Club Ad Bowl. The script involves a conversation between Jackson and a bottle of generic soap that he has decided to replace with the Softsoap brand product.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 28, 2017—Arms tangle as Gabby Hollowell (left), Sarah Abrams and Jackson Baehr discuss potential editing ideas during Ad Club’s annual Ad Bowl.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 28, 2017—Cara Hansen (middle) connects her laptop to the TV to show her team’s work at the end of Ad Club’s annual Ad Bowl.

ATHENS, OHIO—January 28, 2017—Members of Ad Club including Cara Hansen (left), Gabby Hollowell, Danielle McCarthy and Jackson Baehr watch the advertisements that were created during the annual Ad Bowl competition. Competitors will vote to decide which is the best advertisement.