Back in the day when newsprint was cheap, reporters were plentiful and editors were overworked, photographers were relied upon to drum up the daily display image for section fronts. We would scour the streets for “enterprise,” stand-alone feature photos of daily life many folk would see but rarely notice.
Some days were better than others and what ended up in the newspaper was more an indicator of the day’s desperation factor for something to anchor the page rather than a boffo photograph. Still, I enjoyed the challenge.
Eight or ten years ago word came down from on high that “wild art” would no longer anchor our section fronts. In subsequent years, as newsprint costs skyrocketed and the news hole became a turf battle, stand-alone features and those who shot them were persona non grata, so to speak.
So what do we do when we see something that could have some reader interest while we dash back and forth between assignments? Most of the time we shrug it off, thinking it’s not worth the effort if the image will never see daylight.
Today I’m committing to the blogosphere that when I see a stand-alone feature, I’ll stop, shoot it and get some info so you can see it here on our blog. The images may not be prize winners, but by golly, it’s an interesting world out there and it’s my job and my pleasure to show you what I notice.