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

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