Friday, February 27, 2009

Final Edition

Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.
A final video from the folks at the Rocky Mountain News. I watched it twice this morning, and I cried at the end both times. So many fantastic visual journalists are now unemployed. Survivors guilt is starting to kick in.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dress Up

Those private school kids sure like to dress up, and it's not even Halloween. Two different events in two weeks. One was a colonial re-enactment. The other was a fairy tale re-enactment. Or something. The kids seemed to enjoying it.

For the most part.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Celis Watch

Friday I was on "Celis watch," which meant it was my turn to stake out the court room for the trial of the year in Nueces County. It wasn't my first trip over, but it ended up being the last day of the trial. These are a few Celis portraits I liked over the course of the two-week Celis Circus.

There's a lot of back story to this, but in this trial Mauricio Celis was tried and convicted of falsely holding himself out as a lawyer. He faces a range of other charges stemming from some bizarre incidents last year. He's become this infamous figure in Corpus Christi, and the newspaper's daily blog covering his trial got thousands of hits and more than a hundred comments each day.

I don't cover many court cases, but I've done enough to know its nothing like Law and Order or anything you see in the movies, unfortunately. No one was held in contempt. No lawyers screaming "Objection!" No gasps in the courtroom before the judge pounded the gavel yelling "Order in the court!"

As a bonus challenge, Celis was also very aware of the camera. It seemed like every time he heard that click of the shutter he would look my way and then sit up straight or adjust his suit or something. The guy hired a spokesperson for the trial, so I guess it shouldn't have surprise that he was concerned with his image.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pink in the Rink

Over the weekend the Ice Rays had a breast cancer awareness campaign going on, called "Pink in the Rink." They turned the ice pink and drove a pink limo onto the ice filled with cancer survivors. When I got there the rink looked like a mess. With the ice all scratched up it was kind of hard to see the pink. Right before game time, though, the Zamboni came along and smoothed the ice over, revealing the Pepto Bismal like color under the ice. It was kind of cool.

Although I have to say they may have taken it a step too far with the pink jerseys. Forcing players to wear pink in such a testosterone-driven sport is just asking for trouble.

In other words, you're gonna get your ass kicked.