Saturday, July 16, 2005
Back in my newspaper days, I wasn't a big fan of photographers. I thought they were often needlessly egotistical and fussy about working with the copy desk. The relationship was especially tense at The Roanoke Times, which was often run more as an artists' colony than a newspaper. The photo staff was really good, but sometimes they'd give us these shadowy, arty shots and insist we run them.
Luckily, it was only like that part of the time. Usually, they gave us pretty stunning shots, like this one above (go to Roanoke.com for a bigger version) by Sam Dean. It's accompanied by a nice story by John Cramer about soldiers coming home from Afghanistan. The story is part of a special report the RT did about a National Guard outfit in Afghanistan.
No matter your position on our current military endeavors, you can't look at this photo and not feel a ton of happiness and pride for this family.
Well done, RT.