Courier Journal: Months 11-12

Two F/A-18 Hornets, twin-engine, supersonic combat jets, fly over the Kentucky Air National Guard base ahead of practice for Thunder Over Louisville in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, April 12, 2019.

Lt. Chris Garner, right, and Lt. Jeff Mayer, left, navigate their F/A-18 Hornet, a twin-engine, supersonic combat jet, on the runway of the Kentucky Air National Guard ahead of practice for Thunder Over Louisville in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, April 12, 2019.

Lt. Chris Garner, left, and Lt. Jeff Mayer, right, walk off the runway after they navigated their F/A-18 Hornet, a twin-engine, supersonic combat jet, on the runway of the Kentucky Air National Guard ahead of practice for Thunder Over Louisville in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, April 12, 2019.

A C-130 Hercules, a four-engine, turboprop military transport aircraft, is prepared for a cargo drop on the runway of the Kentucky Air National Guard ahead of practice for Thunder Over Louisville in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, April 12, 2019.

The KC Flight Team flies over the Ohio River during a practice ahead of Thunder Over Louisville in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Bees fly around hives in the Hosey Honey bee yard in Midway, Ky. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Hosey Honey is a small family run honey company, their Hosey’s Queen’s Triple Crown honey is used in the sweetener in the $1,000 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby mint julep.

A bee lands on Richard Hosey’s in a bee yard  containing some of the Hosey Honey beehives, in Midway, Ky. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Hosey Honey is a small family run honey company, their Hosey’s Queen’s Triple Crown honey is used in the sweetener in the $1,000 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby mint julep.

Stacks of beehives become active as the temperature rises in the Hosey Honey bee yard in Midway, Ky. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Hosey Honey is a small family run honey company, their Hosey’s Queen’s Triple Crown honey is used in the sweetener in the $1,000 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby mint julep.

Richard Hosey, owner of Hosey Honey, a small family run honey company, sits for a portrait in his bee yard in Midway, Ky. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Their Hosey’s Queen’s Triple Crown honey is used in the sweetener in the $1,000 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby mint julep.

Members of the community watch as Louisville Metro Police deals with a man barricaded in a house in the 3000 block of Montana Ave. in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. LMPD Spokesman Lamont Washington said a police officer stopped a man earlier this afternoon in the 1400 block of Wyler Ave. in the Taylor Berry neighborhood and the man fled and barricaded himself in a home nearby.

Brian Rosser speaks on the phone outside his uncle’s barber shop as Louisville Metro Police deals with a man barricaded in a house in the 3000 block of Montana Ave. in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. LMPD Spokesman Lamont Washington said a police officer stopped a man earlier this afternoon in the 1400 block of Wyler Ave. in the Taylor Berry neighborhood and the man fled and barricaded himself in a home nearby.

A woman cries after a loud bang is heard as Louisville Metro Police deals with a man barricaded in a house in the 3000 block of Montana Ave. in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. LMPD Spokesman Lamont Washington said a police officer stopped a man earlier this afternoon in the 1400 block of Wyler Ave. in the Taylor Berry neighborhood and the man fled and barricaded himself in a home nearby.

Bang Bang Chicken with a jalapeño risotto served at Ostra in the Clifton neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Rabbit corndogs with a smoked blueberry topped with pistachios served at Ostra in the Clifton neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Chunk, a 2 year-old English bulldog, is groomed before competition during the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Mia, a 2 year-old Bichon Frise, is groomed by Jan Parchel before competition during the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

King, a 6 month-old Saint Bernard, is groomed by Elaine Cooper, from Cincinnati before competition during the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 14, 2019.  Breeds Saint Bernards and has been showing dogs fro 43 years. This is King’s first formal competition.

Liz Kaunzer grooms Hauken, a 3 year-old Irish Setter, before competition during the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Handlers and owners walk their dogs outside during the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Members of a rowing team practice in the river below the Harrods Creek bridge in the Harrods Creek neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Long River Road, sits a very small neighborhood called Harrods Creek, which a lot of people assume is part of Prospect, but has its own unique history.

A spire can be seen through the window of one of the spires at Churchill Downs where a new charred oak barrel aging simple syrup made from Hosey Honey, locally made in Midland, Ky., limestone water, and mint sprigs grown on the grounds of Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 5, 2019.

Chris Morris, master distiller at Woodford Reserve, holds this year’s 145th Kentucky Derby’s $2,500 mint julep cup, made from 14k gold by From the Vault in St. Matthews, in a box lined with silk from Bourbon Cousins, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 5, 2019.

Ivanka Drumpf, presidential advisor, right, pretends to arm wrestle with Gov. Matt Bevin, left, while trying out technology that helps worker’s with lifting inside the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. in Georgetown, Ky. on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Ivanka Drumpf, presidential advisor, middle, waves to Toyota workers while riding in a tram during a tour of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. with Gov. Matt Bevin, left, in Georgetown, Ky. on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Gov. Matt Bevin holds a phone with President Donald J. Drumpf on speakerphone up to reporter’s microphones at Meade County College and Career Center after an announcement that Nucor Corp. will invest $1.35 billion in a Meade County steel mill project, expecting to create 400 jobs in Brandenburg, Ky. on Tuesday, March 27, 2019.

Pearl, a 73 day-old male little/blue penguin that is being hand-reared by the Bird Department staff, peeps over the edge of a baby pool in a conference room in the Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Little/blue penguins, native to the southern coast of Australia and the coastline of New Zealand, rarely raise more than one offspring. Because four eggs were laid at the zoo, Michael removed the two eggs that were ignored by the parents and worked to ensure the abandoned pre-hatch chicks could survive.

Gary Michael, Curator of Birds at the Louisville Zoo, holds Squirt, a 68 day-old female little/blue penguin that Michael and the Bird Department staff have been hand-rearing in a conference room in the Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Little/blue penguins, native to the southern coast of Australia and the coastline of New Zealand, rarely raise more than one offspring. Because four eggs were laid at the zoo, Michael removed the two eggs that were ignored by the parents and worked to ensure the abandoned pre-hatch chicks could survive.

Paz Lenchantin, The Pixies bassist, performs during the first show of the  Weezer x Pixies 2019 tour at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Teachers flock to protest for the fourth day of “sickouts” closing JCPS district wide in the State Capitol in Frankfort on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Teachers protest for the fourth day of “sickouts” closing JCPS district wide in the State Capitol in Frankfort on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. JCPS canceled ACT testing which was scheduled for Tuesday and the The 98,000-student district is closed as hundreds of its teachers protest at the Capitol.

A teacher holds a calendar marking the days before the next election inside the Kentucky State Capitol during the third day of teacher “sickouts” that closed schools across the state in response to House Bill 205, a controversial private school tax bill in Frankfort, Ky. on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Kentucky’s largest school district (JCPS) closed again Thursday for he second day in a row — and the third time in a week — that a teacher “sickout” closed the district’s 156 schools.

Teachers and supporters hold hands and sign “We are Family/I got all my teachers with me” inside the Kentucky State Capitol during the third day of teacher “sickouts” that closed schools across the state in response to House Bill 205, a controversial private school tax bill in Frankfort, Ky. on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Kentucky’s largest school district (JCPS) closed again Thursday for he second day in a row — and the third time in a week — that a teacher “sickout” closed the district’s 156 schools.

Nick Schade, director of operations at Tony’s Wrecker Service Inc., helps un-stick an 18-wheeler truck attempted to pass under the University of Louisville Third Street viaduct bridge and got stuck as it was too tall to clear the underpass in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday night, March 27, 2019.

Brian Bell, guitarist in Weezer, performs during the first show of the Weezer x Pixies 2019 tour at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Rivers Cuomo, lead vocals and guitarist, left, and Scott Shriner, bassist, of Weezer play together during the first show of the Weezer x Pixies 2019 tour at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Weezer performs during the first show of the Weezer x Pixies 2019 tour at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Fans listen to Weezer sing along while Weezer performs during the first show of the Weezer x Pixies 2019 tour at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Kyle Dunbar from Ink Masters Seasons 3 and 4 tattoos a back piece he had started earlier in the year on John Schneider, from Cincinnati, during the 8th Annual Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention put on by Villain Arts at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Brado Revell, Love and Devotion Historic Tattoo, tattoos Tyler Rado, from Elizabethtown, during the 8th Annual Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention put on by Villain Arts at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Troy Timpel, Villain Arts, middle, judges Christian Warnest’s, left,  tattoo on her shin during the tattoo contest at the 8th Annual Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention put on by Villain Arts at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Alonzo Chappell cleans up Michelle Adwell’s tattoos ahead of the tattoo contest during the 8th Annual Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention put on by Villain Arts at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Amanda Nuellen laughs during a tattoo session with Ben Naiser, Infinite Electric Tattoo, during the 8th Annual Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention put on by Villain Arts at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Steve Hobby, horse trainer, talks to Lily the calming goat as she wanders around her barn on the backside of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Helen Pitts got Lily to help calm a horse that would nervously stall walk, and now she acts as a mascot for her barn.

Lily the calming goat eats grass outside her barn on the backside of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Helen Pitts got Lily to help calm a horse that would nervously stall walk, and now she acts as a mascot for her barn.

Lily the calming goat hangs out on a hay bale inside her barn on the backside of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Helen Pitts-Blasi got Lily to help calm a horse that would nervously stall walk, and now she acts as a mascot for her barn.

Attendees wear ponchos in the rain during a slight weather delay due to lightning ahead of the races during Thurby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Attendees watch the rain during a slight weather delay due to lightning ahead of the races during Thurby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Attendees watch as Bellafina is paraded around the paddock, an Oaks contendor, during Thurby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Ralph Cool, left, and Terry O’Donnell, right, look at their programs during Thurby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, May 2, 2019. This is Cool’s 50th derby, he skipped his senior prom to attend one year.

Rebecca Pattillo sports a handmade fascinator she designed and created during Thurby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Charlotte Asmuth sports a handmade hat during Thurby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

John Slevin sports a hand-carved wooden bowtie during the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Jeff Ruby, right, congratulates Connor Leahr, left, and Lindsay Larkin, middle, from Wichita, Ks. After Leahr proposed  inside the paddock area of Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Oaks race day in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Attendees in the grandstands and the clubhouse watch as horses prepare to race during Kentucky Oaks race day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Zalika Russel watches as trainers walk horses on the track after a race during Kentucky Oaks race day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Diana James fans herself while watching races from her section in the grandstands during Kentucky Oaks race day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Tieria Cole sits for a portrait in the grandstands during Kentucky Oaks race day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Trash lies on the ground of the infield ahead of the Kentucky Oaks race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

People mingle and nap in chairs in the infield ahead of the Kentucky Oaks race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Biz Blee wears a hat during Kentucky Derby race day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Patti Morrison wears a fascinator made by Christine A. Moore Hats during Kentucky Derby race day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

902 dogs showed up to watch the Louisville Bats v. Syracuse Mets game during Dog Day Nights at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Oli the rough collie is fed part of a hot dog by her owner during the Louisville Bats v. Syracuse Mets game during Dog Day Nights at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

902 dogs showed up to watch the Louisville Bats v. Syracuse Mets game during Dog Day Nights at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

So, I’m not the best at blogging and keeping things up-to-date, we know that. But, a lot of big changes have taken place in the last few months.  I have left the beautiful city of Louisville, Ky. to move to New York City and follow my dream of being a freelance doc video editor and cinematographer. Life looks a lot different these days. A lot of commuting on trains and working in co-working spaces. 


My time at the Courier Journal and in Louisville has shaped me greatly. Spending a year at a mid-sized daily working on photo and video projects, as well as faster-paced breaking news, helped me cut my teeth and refine my passions. Above, you can see much of what I worked on in my final months at the CJ. I took on a lot more photo work than I expected during my year at the paper. I was able to travel and help other USA Today papers. I worked on quick turn around videos as well as a large project thrown in here and there. It now all, mostly, exists on this plane. 


I learned a lot about who I am as a visual artist during my time at the paper. I learned a lot about what I like and what I don’t. I love newspapers with all of my heart and I’m incredibly thankful I was able to work at one in a town I love. I’m so grateful I was able to make a family at mine. I made great friendships with reporters and the other young talent that lives in the CJ’s newsroom. 


I have a lot of feelings about leaving the city I called home for the longest time in 3 years. I miss it often and dearly. But, I am incredibly excited for things to come and for this new chapter of life. 


Thank you for stopping by. And as always,


Love, 

Nik 


Courier Journal: Months 7-10

Alex Croley, 46, lives in Audubon Park and walks almost a mile to and from Aldi with a cart to buy groceries for himself and his disabled mother because they do not own a car. He stops at a bus stop to rest a knee injury.

Left: Dalen Lieffring, 24, lives in Old Louisville. The closest grocery store to him, right, was the Krogeron 2nd Street and Brighton Drive which closed down earlier this year. Lieffring, who is a student and works part time, recently bought a car due to the high cost of transportation and added time to and from the grocery.

Right: Dana Thompson, 36, lives in Russell and due to her disability, uses the Sister Visitor Center’s food pantry, left. Thompson regularly relies on friends and family for rides to get groceries. Her diabetes and gastroparesis make finding food she can eat difficult.

Left: Ebonne Ingram-Jones, lives in Shawnee, but shops in New Albany because she says she can’t get what she need at the two Krogers in the west end. She comments over the Sherman Minton Bridge, right.

Left: Eunice Johnson, 63, lives in Russell with her husband and 9-year-old grandson. She takes the TARC 3, right, to get to store, pong $3 each way.

Left: Heather Hawthorne, 34, lives in Fern Creek and drives 20 minutes to Walmart. Hawthorne lives on a plot of land passed down by her grandfather and believes the space is an acceptable trade off for the commute to the store.

Mayo Cemetery in Prestonsburg, Ky. on Jan. 8, 2019.

Third Avenue Freewill Baptist in Prestonsburg, Ky. on Jan. 8, 2019.

Beatyville, Ky. on Jan. 9, 2019. Three Forks Regional Jail, in Lee County, was under quarantine in September 2018 due to Hepatitis A.

Los Angeles Angels prospect, centerfielder Jo Adell, 19, runs hitting drills in the baseball fieldhouse at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 29, 2019. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Adell with a 10th overall selection from Ballard High School in 2017.

Los Angeles Angels prospect, centerfielder Jo Adell, 19, stands for a portrait in the baseball locker room at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 29, 2019. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Adell with a 10th overall selection from Ballard High School in 2017.

Los Angeles Angels prospect, centerfielder Jo Adell, 19, stands for a portrait in the baseball dugout at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 29, 2019. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Adell with a 10th overall selection from Ballard High School in 2017.

Los Angeles Angels prospect, centerfielder Jo Adell, 19, trains at Personal Fitness & Rehabilitation in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 29, 2019. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Adell with a 10th overall selection from Ballard High School in 2017.

Los Angeles Angels prospect, centerfielder Jo Adell, 19, runs hitting drills in the baseball fieldhouse at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 29, 2019. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Adell with a 10th overall selection from Ballard High School in 2017.

Los Angeles Angels prospect, centerfielder Jo Adell, 19, left, trains with Eric Hammer, director of human performance, right, at Personal Fitness & Rehabilitation in Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 29, 2019. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Adell with a 10th overall selection from Ballard High School in 2017. Hammer has been working with Adell since he was in middle school.

Photo illustration using poetry written by young women in the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services in a creative writing class led by Tasha Golden,  founder of Project Uncaged, an arts-based trauma-informed program that aims to amplify young women’s stories, in Louisville, Ky.

Photo illustration using poetry written by young women in the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services in a creative writing class led by Tasha Golden,  founder of Project Uncaged, an arts-based trauma-informed program that aims to amplify young women’s stories, in Louisville, Ky.

Photo illustration using poetry written by young women in the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services in a creative writing class led by Tasha Golden,  founder of Project Uncaged, an arts-based trauma-informed program that aims to amplify young women’s stories, in Louisville, Ky.

The last few months have been very busy. Filled with projects from all directions. I finished off 2018 with a project with one of my favorite writers, Bailey Loosemore on food insecurity in Louisville. Food deserts are food insecurity are a hard thing to visualize, so I was happy to be able to work closely with Bailey and create diptychs that helped better illustrate who was affected across our city. 

I started 2019 with a trip to Eastern Kentucky working on a story about Kentucky’s Hep A outbreak. The landscape of the area really struck me. One both of these stories I was able to work with members of our talented photo team here at the CJ, Matt Stone and Michael Clevenger respectively. 

A story I have been working on in my spare time on Jecorey “1200” Arthur finally published as well. 

Then, I was happy to hear from the wonderful Sammy Jo Hester for a freelance assignment focused on Jo Adell, who was very sweet and great to work with. 

Lastly, a project I worked on with Maggie Menderski on girls in the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services who use poetry as an outlet just published. Tasha Golden works with groups of girls to help provide a platform to raise their voices. These girls write beautiful poetry and it was an honor to sit with them and create. 

Lots of new work. Lots of collaboration. Not a lot of sleep.


As always, thank you so much for stopping by. 

Love,

Nik


Courier Journal: Months 3-6

Howdy,

It’s been awhile. So, months 3-5 at the CJ are in the bag. They were filled with three large projects (one publishing dec 12), dailies, breaking news and large news events. From Detroit to Jeffersontown, these few months have been packed with so much news. The heartbreaking shooting at the Kroger here in Kentucky rattled our little area, especially when the shooting in Pittsburgh happened just days later. 

Also during this time, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our newspaper. I worked on many videos for the party as well as for articles on our site. Being able to sit down with some of my coworkers and talk to them about their time at the CJ and their incredible experiences over decades left me even more proud and honored to work here.

Up next: Two large projects and December. 

As always,

Love,

Nik

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