These Hills

My final for photojournalism is a project I’ve been working on here and there since May.  About my dad, my family, land, home, coal, West Virginia, etc.  Maybe a giant sprawl of a mess but I narrowed it down for this project and here is the final product.  For the purposes of this assignment we had to have a large number of still photographs.  I like some of them but I am also thinking of re-editing to make it better.

My favorite project so far:

These Hills from Heather Hendricks on Vimeo.



Second project in Multimedia – team up with a classmate, interview them and let them interview you.  Just sos we know what it feels like to have that devil of a lens pointed at our faces while we try to whittle down the essences of ourselves for the entire world to see.


But I think it turned out pretty ok for the limitations we had.  We had no audio recorder so the audio sounds like it was recorded in a can.  We did the whole project after I had worked all day and was feeling sick.  No excuses, I know.  I’m just sayin.

My partner was Marcie Cabarga.
The videos without further ado:


The First Optometrists

A real eye-opening, (umm… pun intended) hopeful, elegant multimedia piece by the documentary team of Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele that was recently featured on Verve Photo – that fantastic site dedicated to showcasing emerging documentary photographers, among other things.

This is just more fodder for my imagination of what can be done with video and photography.  I want to make this.

From Verve:

Photographer Benjamin Drummond (b.1979, USA) and producer Sara Joy Steele (b.1978, USA) have been telling stories about people, nature and climate change for almost a decade. They work with a diverse range of editorial, nonprofit and agency clients to tell important stories through photography, video and strategic branding. Benj’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Mother Jones, Orion and PDN and has been exhibited at more than a dozen events and venues including the Houston Center for Photography and the Ansel Adams / Mumm Napa Fine Art Gallery. They are members of Aurora Select and are currently serving as project representatives on Blue Earth’s Board of Directors.

About the Story:

“Joel de Melo Bambamba and Suzete Guina are studying to become two of Mozambique’s first optometrists. After a series of civil wars left their country one of the poorest in the world, the population of almost 24 million is just beginning to recover. Yet, there are zero optometrists in Mozambique, and poverty and blindness are inextricable. The Mozambique Eyecare Project aims to provide a sustainable solution to the problem of avoidable blindness through optometrist education. There are now 56 students enrolled in the project, thanks to a partnership between the Dublin Institute of Technology, Lúrio Univeristy in Mozambique and the International Centre for Eyecare Education.”


Just wanted to re-post some of the other videos made my classmates concerning the theme of light.  The first here I’m a little partial to (I am the STAR!).  Everyone put in a lot of work and effort and I think it shows for these, our final project videos.


Nick Nesmith & Eddie Silva:

Gregory Castillo & Claudia Carillo-Odom:

Fabian & Michael Thompson:

Davison Wheeler & Richard Donaldson:

Derrickus Spratlin:

Nick Smith & Marcie Cabarga:

Erika Wynn & Genevieve Garcia:

When Photographers Make Videos

We’ve been examining videos in our Multimedia class, looking minutely at shots, flow of action, angles.  We’ve watched editors work, heard their voices, started to really appreciate what goes in to the making of any kind of movie.  Blood, sweat and tears people.

And I’ve been thinking more and more about the different aesthetic or style that a photographer would bring to the making of a movie.  Would the individual shots be even more composed?  More thoughtful?  Would the story flow as smoothly and succinctly?

Following are three very different examples of what happens when photographers make videos.  These are three people that I keep going back to over and over.  These videos stay with me.  I think about them.  I find them beautiful.

1.  Something I found on the Burn Magazine site.  An American photographer who has been living in South Africa since the 1970s, Roger Ballen, who took his photographic style and applied it to video.  His photographs have been described as dark, controversial, important, exploitative and beautiful.  He made this incredible, weird, disturbing, fascinating music video and I can’t get enough of it.

Related links:
Interview with Lens Culture

2.  A video that I first saw through my first semester instructor, Michael Schwarz’s,  website.  Photographer: Adam Ferguson.  A war/conflict photographer that reflects on his experience through a monologue and display of stills.  Lovely, enticing, interesting, mesmerizing.  I’ve watched this multiple times and still get chills.
You can view it at the VII site here: War Is Boring

3.  Last but most certainly not least.  Zackary Canepari.  I’ve been following him for the last couple years and he’s one of the most interesting and inspiring photographers I’ve come across.   He’s recently gone from straight photography to making documentary shorts about interesting characters and situations he finds in his home-state of California.  One example follows:


Related links:
California is a place

It begins…

In multimedia this week we dove in full body, head feet torso legs, and made a “simple” how-to video involving the Canon 7D using the Mark 5D to record.  [these camera names may not be correct – I am a Nikon girl after all – excuse errors please]  I was amazed at how nervous I was.  Or maybe anxious is the better descriptive word.  Recording video is something I’ve never attempted.  Then there’s the added pressure of simply touching the illustrious 5D.  But our team – Flex A – came out shining, fumbling and bumbling along the way [me], but laughing the whole time and being supportive of each other.  I have big dreams for our group.  We’re all very different, but aimed toward the same place.  Like little arrows lined up, our faces pointing at this far-away, pot-of-gold goal.  We’re gonna make it.

genevieve, christina and mackensie



eddie, sonuia, gregory

my backside, snapped by claudia. Gregory and our instructor, Mr. Montgomery


gregory, our shining star