Nikki Boliaux | Visual Journalist

Deseret News: Month Two

Members of the North Sevier High School Wolves girl’s basketball team react to their win against the Emery High School Spartans in the final round of the Girls High School 2A Championships at Snow College in Richfield on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The Wolves went on to win in overtime.

Out the window of the Twin Otter DHC-6  on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been flying over Salt Lake, Cache and Utah valleys to survey chemical conditions responsible for the formation of particulate pollution, known as PM2.5.

LT Robert Mitchell, air commander, and LT JG J.C. Clark, Copilot in the cockpit of the Twin Otter DHC-6and at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

4A Utah High School State Swimming Championships at BYU in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Around 300 people showed up to a public meeting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in the Snyderville Basin to discuss the rights of undocumented immigrants after the arrests last Friday of four Latino Park City residents by immigration officials in Park City on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

The University of Utah women’s gymnastics team, the Red Rocks, are cheered on by a crowd of over 15,000 people before their meet against Stanford University’s women’s gymnastics team in Huntsman Center on University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The University of Utah women’s gymnastics team, the Red Rocks, react to freshman MyKayla Skinner’s 10.00 score on the floor during the meet against Stanford University’s women’s gymnastics team in Huntsman Center on University of Utah’s campus in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Miguel Fregoso, left, Paloma Velazquez, middle, and Emma Hopper, right, build robots out of legos during a Lego Camp at Zaniac Learning in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Protesters gather in front of the City and County Building in Salt Lake City for Not My President’s Day Rally on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Amina Schlichter gathers with other protestors in front of the City and County Building in Salt Lake City for Not My President’s Day Rally on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Protesters gather in front of the City and County Building in Salt Lake City for Not My President’s Day Rally on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

Lorine Docstader listens as members from Polygamist groups protest during a liberty march at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Former members of polygamist families counter protest  a liberty march held by polygamist groups at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Investigators work the scene of a double fatality car crash at 300 West and 700 North in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The blue car jumped the median hitting a 7 month pregnant woman in a red car. Two male passengers in the back of the blue car were killed and the woman is in critical condition.

Denis Heavner, West High School Tech Center Welding teacher, at the scene of the crash that killed one of her students earlier this afternoon at 300 West and 700 North in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. A car driven by a West High School student jumped the median hitting a 7 month pregnant woman in a red car. Two male passengers in the back of the blue car were killed and the woman is in serious condition.

Yesterday marked my second full month at the Deseret News. In this last month, I have shot an ungodly amount of high school basketball, photographed a polygamist rally, and covered my first fatality. I’ve seen communities come together to support their undocumented population and tears of all kinds fall. 

This month has had its ups and downs while I’ve been learning the art of balance. With five online classes, working six days a week, climbing/yoga and trying to have a social life, I have a lot up in the air. I’ve been focusing on how to turn a bland assignment into a creative challenge and pitching passion projects amongst the mass of sports.

Along with the jubilation of championship basketball games and flying with research scientists, I have learned a bit more about what this job truly means. 

I got a call about breaking news at 11am and showed up to a scene of a car crash not far from my office. Two cars full of teenage boys were drag racing and one crossed the median hitting another car. The two boys in the backseat were killed on impact and the seven month pregnant woman in the other car was in critical condition. Yesterday, I learned her baby was brain dead. This incident really shaped my last month. Having never photographed something like this before, I didn’t know how I was supposed to feel. I held it in and continued on to my next three assignments. The next morning while running errands, I stopped in Target and broke down in the candle aisle. It was the first moment of quiet I had since the accident. I am incredibly thankful for those in my life who are always there to offer advice and a shoulder to lean on, those who let me call them and ask the tough questions of how to handle something like this. I know this might seem naive to some, as they experience this regularly in their newsroom, but this one hit me hard. 

Remember to keep your hearts open and your heads up. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Love,

Nikki



Deseret News: Month One


Thousands of women, men and children rally inside the Utah State Capitol in protest of President Trump and in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington on Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

Thousands of other men, women and children City Creek Park and then march to the Utah State Capitol to protest President Trump in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington in  in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

General Christine Burckle, the first-ever woman general in the Utah National Guard, stands for a portrait in her office in the Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) attempts to knock away a rebound from Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.

People participate in a Martin Luther King Day march from East High School to Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

Bonneville High senior Sam Bush, 18, is the second Utah high school girl to sign a scholarship after signing Letter of intent with MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., she stands for a portrait in the wrestling room at Bonneville High School in Bonneville on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

George Dewey, left, Nancy Dewey, back middle, and Allie Craford embrace while Raymond Crawford is reunited with EJ Hinerman, Medical Specialist for the Unified Fire Authority, after Raymond had a heart attack while driving on I-18 with his son William, 11, middle, was in the car at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.

Pleasant Grove High School Vikings against American Fork High School at American Fork High School in American Fork on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The American Folk Caveman won 57 to 49 against the Pleasant Grove Girls Basketball team.

Antoinette Uwanyiugira, left, from Congo, embraces a friend during the Utah March for Refugees starting at the Wallace Bennett Federal Building and ending at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Yehemy Zavala leads a chant during the Utah March for Refugees on the steps of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Sandy Public Works Building (8775 S 700 W) caught fire destroying many snowplows in Sandy on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

Regina Rakhimova, Russia, speeds down the moguls during the women’s first final round at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at the Deer Valley Resort at Park City on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

Sacha Theocharis, France, does a trick off the ramp during the men’s mogul first final round at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at the Deer Valley Resort at Park City on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

Mikael Kingsburg, Canada, cheers after his run during the men’s mogul second final round at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at the Deer Valley Resort at Park City on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Kingsburg went on to place first in the men’s moguls competition.

High School Drill Team State Championships at UVU in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

High School Drill Team State Championships at UVU in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

High School Drill Team State Championships at UVU in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

High School Drill Team State Championships at UVU in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Members of the Salem Hills High School Drill Team relax in between the Military section and the Dance section of the evening at the High School Drill Team State Championships at UVU in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

High School Drill Team State Championships at UVU in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Members of the Bingham High School Drill Team embrace before the Dance section of the evening at the High School Drill Team State Championships at UVU in Orem on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Well hey there. 

It has officially been a month since I first set foot in the Deseret News, and one month and four days since I first set foot in Salt Lake City.  

In this month, I’ve defied death on a snowmobile (okay maybe that’s a bit extreme), shot almost too many protests/marches and been pushed very far out of my comfort zone. The transition from video editing back into the lifestyle of a newspaper photographer took some time, but I’m finally feeling back into the swing of things.

My car is a mess again, covered in empty coffee cups and discarded snack wrappers, my dark circles have returned, but my brain is back in order. Though I miss my cushier deadlines at NPR (and all my music people and Soundbites), I didn’t realize how much I missed shooting every day. I’ve missed the high of a tight deadline. I’ve missed working in the field every day. 

Here are some selects from my first month here. They range from countless marches and basketball games to portraits of inspiring women. Oh, and way too many photos from the Utah High School Drill Team Championships because that’s been my favorite assignment thus far.

As always thanks for stopping by. 

Love,

Nikki


The World: The End

Jake Adams from Owasso Middle School stands in front of Owasso High School football players while they warm up before their game agains Jenks High School on Friday, August 26, 2016.

Anna Butts, 3,  plays with teddy bear as her father Josh looks on inside their home in Tulsa before heading to church on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Erin Butts and Josh Butts get their children Marcus, 4,  and Anna, 3, ready for church at their home in Tulsa on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Wilbert Darwin “Sugar Daddy,” 80, from Tulsa, visits with AL Cooper inside his fruit market on July  1, 2016.  AL Cooper’s fruit stand has served North Tulsa for over 50 years, providing fresh produce to North Tulsa, which is a food desert.

Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, performs at the BOK center in Tulsa on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

A woman in the VIP section dances while confetti falls around her during the Coldplay concert at the BOK center in Tulsa on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Tulsa has meant a lot to me. At the end of the spring semester last year I didn’t think I wanted to be a photojournalist anymore. I was disillusioned. I was disheartened. I didn’t know how to fit my own style and voice into the journalism world that was so narrowly defined by my school. 

I decided I would go to Tulsa and see if at the end of sixteen weeks I still felt this way. If I did I would become a florist or do something that didn’t make me cry in my car or be angry at my friends for their success.  

Tulsa was just what I needed. It healed me. It was a time that allowed me to only focus on myself and my own work. While I had amazing and talented coworkers, I wouldn’t constantly look at their work and compare it to my own. I didn’t look at my classmates blog posts from their internships. I just created what I wanted to create. 

The photo editor at the Tulsa World, John Clanton, is hands down the best editor I have ever had or even heard of. While I would hear about my friend’s bad bosses and the dread of being treated only as the intern and nothing else, I was a staff photographer. I had the same responsibilities and voice as the staff photographers. John would constantly check in on us, asking us every day how we were doing. He went above and beyond his duties as editor to ensure we were happy and listen to our complaints about how certain assignments were handled. I honestly believe he is what makes the Tulsa World so wonderful. As a photographer it was a joy to work with him everyday. 

John is a cheerleader, a critic, a champion of photography. Where the professors and my school tore me down, he built me back up. His critiques were honest and heartfelt. He allowed me, and the rest of the staff, to be as creative as possible. He allowed me the freedom I had craved at school. Through that I felt myself grow. 

For the first time in my time as a photojournalist I can look at my website and actually be proud of what I have made. I like what I create. I love the stories I have been able to tell. Most of what is in my portfolio now, especially video-wise, is from Tulsa. I may not be as great as the person to my left, but I know I am growing and I am patient with myself. 

Above are some stills and videos from my last few weeks at the Tulsa World. From micro essays, football games, concerts and my time with Josh Butts and his family. 

I could write another whole post about Josh alone. I am so honored to be able to experience some of his life; to be let into his dark moments and bask in the light of his beautiful little family. His story is the one that has impacted me the most this summer. I hope that his story has also been able to impact those in Tulsa and beyond. 


Thanks for dealing with all these world. Thanks for stopping by. 


As always, 

Love,

Nikki

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