NEWS21 VISUAL MEMO

 JANUARY 22, 2018

 

MY EXPERIENCE:

Photography is definitely my favorite and most-developed journalistic skill. I’ve worked consistently as a freelance photographer since my junior year of high school. I have experience shooting everything from weddings to football games, environmental portraits to breaking news, and portraits to landscapes. During the fall semester of my freshman year at the University of Oklahoma, I was hired as a paid photographer for the university yearbook. By the spring, I was working as the assistant photography editor, and the following fall, I was promoted to photography editor. I continue to work in that position in addition to my freelance work and shooting for the university’s daily newspaper and quarterly magazine.

 

GOALS

This summer, I would love to be able to do a few in-depth visual projects, whether that involves a longer-term project in one location, or a cohesive series in multiple locations. I definitely wouldn't mind heading up some photo essays or another type of visually-driven projects, whether that means working alone or in a group. I would really like to travel to different areas so that I can better understand the broader landscape of hate and so that I can convey that visually for a reader who does not have that same ability to travel to the places or meet the people we're covering.

 

STORY IDEAS

  • A day in the life of a hate group leader. (NOTE: Since coming up with this, I found out that The New York Times did a relatively similar piece with Tony Hovater, HERE. They received a lot of emotion-filled feedback and issued a response HERE. I think their justification for running the piece perfectly articulates the value of a story like this.)

  • A series of portraits of hate group leaders/members accompanied by a series of portraits of victims (Portraits of hate and the hated)

  • Childhood home/hometown of a hate group leader. For example, Richard Spencer's hometown in Whitefish, Montana. Possibly interviews with parents and family members.

 

Equipment

My personal camera is a Canon Rebel T3i, and I have a few lenses for that. I might potentially have access to some Gaylord equipment for the summer, but I'm not totally sure on that.

 

Photography + Illustration Examples

Please see projects below.

 

SKINNIN' THE GAME

MOST RECENT DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

Sherman’s garage workshop smells like blood, stale flesh and chemicals. Dozens of glass eyes watch me walk in.

He’s talking to a middle-aged couple who came to drop off a twelve point rack and put a $300 cash down payment on the mount. He pauses his conversation with them to greet me with his friendly Oklahoma drawl.

“Hey there, Megan.”

 

ALL IN A DAY's WORK

COntinuing documentary Series

A burger and shoes. Coffee and an oil change. Fresh veggies and a monthly trim.

The basics.

They’re routine. We couldn’t live without them, really.

They’re so routine, in fact, that we never stop to really think about the lives devoted to making them available to us.

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HALLOWED GROUND

LANDSCAPE and portrait Photography

Thick skin, rough edges, and a whole lot of grit.

That’s what it takes to live in the desert. The cactuses know it and so do the lizards that retreat in the shade beneath their limbs. The scorpions know it too, and so do the rattlesnakes and the hardened cowboy-types rolling in and out of wind-worn town that pepper the unforgiving landscape of the American Southwest.

ATHLETICS

SPORTS + FAST-PACED PHOTOGRAPHY

A collection of photography from various University of Oklahoma sporting events to demonstrate the way I tend to work in fast-paced environments.

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

David Boren announced today that, effective June 30, he will be retiring from his position as president of the University of Oklahoma after almost 23 years of service.

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LANDSCAPE

LANDSCAPE + SCENE-SETTING PHOTOGRAPHY

A collection of  outdoor, landscape photography to show how that I can take a beautiful establishing shot that sets the tone for a piece.

SKETCHBOOK

ILLUSTRATION + DESIGN

A small selection of my favorite illustrations and graphic design projects.

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RALLY FOR DIVERSITY

BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

Hundreds of University of Oklahoma students, alumni, faculty members and town locals gathered on the South Oval on Jan. 30 to celebrate diversity, support international students and protest President Trump's executive order suspending refugee resettlement into the U.S. 


OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT

 A Confederate flag is painted on the doors of a house in south Oklahoma City.

A Confederate flag is painted on the doors of a house in south Oklahoma City.

 Mementos are placed on the fence at the Oklahoma City National Memorial to honor and remember those who died in the 1995 attack.

Mementos are placed on the fence at the Oklahoma City National Memorial to honor and remember those who died in the 1995 attack.

 Each of the 168 chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial represents a person who was killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Each of the 168 chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial represents a person who was killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 Reflection pools at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Reflection pools at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

 Items of personal significance are hung from the chainlink fence at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Items of personal significance are hung from the chainlink fence at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.


VIDEO EXAMPLES

I haven't done nearly as many video projects as I have still photography—partly because I love still photography so much, but also because I just haven't had the opportunity to explore video. I feel quite comfortable shooting video with DSLR's, and I learn new cameras very quickly. Below, I've included a handful of  video projects I've done for classes. I don't feel that they necessarily demonstrate my best work, but I thought I would include them to give you a very basic idea of what I've done. (Titles link to video pages.)


Feel free to explore the rest of this site for some of my favorite visual projects. If you're looking for something specific, please ask! I would be happy to point you in the right direction or send it to you directly.

— Megan