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Photoblog: The best so far, semester two

Athens has had a busy start to 2017, and photographers from The Post have been there to cover all of it. We’ve photographed a lot of news, from protests, to water main breaks, to presidential goodbyes. We’ve also covered a lot of sports and a lot of features from the lives of people in and around Athens.

I see all of the great content our photographers are creating, and it’s difficult to narrow down the best photos, but here are some of my favorites from this semester so far. 

Post photographers have covered protests in Athens, Columbus and Washington, D.C., this year and have gotten a huge variety of images, covering the protests from all angles (check out our gallery from the protests in Baker). I love Matt Starkey’s photo of protester Connor Lefevers yelling in pain after being pepper sprayed. The photo shows the protester’s emotion and the high angle captures the chaos going on around him.

It’s hard to get a good photo after you hear “lights out in the Convo,” but Blake Nissen managed to do it with this shot of Jaaron Simmons walking onto the court. The light falls perfectly on Simmons, and the scoreboard in the background gives context to the photo. This photo was a great game feature and fit perfectly with a story we ran later about Simmons stepping up his game and taking a more important role on the team.

We take a lot of portraits at The Post, but it’s not every day that our list of subjects includes the former president of the university. Patrick Connolly was able to create a strong and impactful portrait of former Ohio University President McDavis under a tight time constraint. In fact, he even made more than one (check out some of the others in Tony Wolfe’s exit interview).

Sometimes the strongest images are part of a larger story. Liz Moughon spent a month profiling a family, originally from India, who have made their home in Athens. The photo of Saumya kissing her daughter Suhaani is one of my favorites from Liz’s story because it really illustrates their relationship in an unexpected way. Check out the rest of the photos from Liz’s story here.

Emma Howells is the master of creative and surprising photos. She went out to shoot a photo of Jack Neal Floral and came back with an image of Kelly Wayand peeking out over bouquets of flowers. Emma uses her creative eye to make everyday photos more interesting, and this is a great example.


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