I have always had this secret crush on the state of Texas. I don’t know where it came from or why it started… but somewhere between the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport and the stockyards, I fell in love. I think that a huge reason I fell in love with Texas this past weekend was due to the amazing experiences I had while I was there. I have spent the past four days with some of the most inspiring, challenging, and prolific photojournalists from around the world. While it was incredibly humbling to sit in a room with such remarkable individuals, I realized that I had found a community of people that share my heart for visual storytelling. I think I understand why my new German friend has been coming to this conference for 15 years, even though she lives in Germany. In the words of another photojournalist there, I have found my people.
On Day 1 of the conference, I participated in a student workshop where we were taken to the stockyards to capture our own interpretation of the stories. I will be sharing a new story from this experience each day this week, so make sure to check back for my daily posts.
When I think about capturing the many faces of the stockyards, I think about these little kids and Billy Goat Gruff that I encountered while exploring the stockyards.
Mischief. Adventure. Nurture. Friendship.
Which image is your favorite?