Clear Capture Crystallized

At break of day on an April morning in Miami, a young boy hides in a relative’s home.  On the already warm street outside federal agents stand ready to rush the house on cue.  Alan Diaz’s photo captures the moment of discovery and capture.  A man in a closet holds his left arm defensively in front of the young boy and himself.  His face unafraid, his mouth opened in protest.  The boy’s mouth is open in a scream, his eyes squinting, as though trying to block out some of the scene. Opposite them are two men in full gear with weapons drawn; helmets, gloves, eye goggles and bulletproof vests.  The first man facing the man and boy in the closet has an arm out in a gesture mixed with firmness and appeasement.  His eyes are on high alert.  Continue reading “Clear Capture Crystallized”

Columbia Mudslide, 1986

In November 1985, the eruption of Nevado Del Ruiz in Columbia caused a massive mudslide which took an estimated 25,000 lives. Such sheer wreckage is hard to comprehend. Stalin famously said that one death is tragedy, a thousand a statistic. How does one get past the number to all the tragedies it represents?  We need focal points to even attempt such a thing.  When the Miami Herald sent Michell duCill and Carol Guzy to cover this event, this was their mission, though they probably couldn’t imagine what was in store for them there. “You’re hiking and walking, and you get to the point where it’s mud and you’re walking on bodies,” Guzy recalled. “It’s pretty grueling.” Continue reading “Columbia Mudslide, 1986”

The Power of Pictures

The short film A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Photographs focuses on photography and what an impact it can have.  The pictures shown have all won Pulitzer Prize, which is one of the biggest honors as a journalist.  The film talks to the photographers of historic pictures and gets their point of view on how they got the shot, why photojournalism is so important, and how it is a calling. Continue reading “The Power of Pictures”

“A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Prize”

The Pulitzer Prize is one of the biggest awards you can receive in the field of journalism. Many of the photographs and pieces that were awarded The Pulitzer Prize depict images of great tragedies, while others show great victory and great moments in American history. The short film, “A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Prize” does an excellent job of bringing some of these images to light. Good pictures can be taken at any time. You could be walking down the street, and you could see something happen, and as a journalist you would start to take photographs. Sometimes as a journalist you are assigned to go somewhere and document a certain natural disaster or a big event like the olympics. For a photo to be considered for the Pulitzer Prize, there are many things that they would look at to determine whether or not your photograph is worthy. The picture being considered should be able to tell a story, which is what most, if not all, of the photographs in the film portrayed well. Continue reading ““A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Prize””

A Glimpse Through the Lens

It’s 1968. Edward “Eddie” Adams walked through the dusty streets of Saigon, Vietnam with his camera in hand. Nearby, Brigadier Gen. Nguyen Ngoe Loan stood, a look of indifference in his trained expression. In front of Loan was a young man with a look of intensely anticipated pain on his face. He was a young Viet Cong captive. Loan raised his gun while Adams raised his camera and prepared for the shot as Loan pulled the trigger. Continue reading “A Glimpse Through the Lens”

Through the Looking Lenses


Photojournalists have one of the hardest jobs out there. These journalists have to capture some of the most gruesome photographs in history. Some of these photos have been of 9/11, Hiroshima, The Napalm Girl, and Iwo Jima.  These terrifying photos, that show terrible events, are just a few that photojournalists have to capture in order to show how horrible the world can be. The photos that they show have all been winners of the Pulitzer prize, which is considered the highest award for journalists and it started in 1942. Continue reading “Through the Looking Lenses”

Maine Markets Sprouting Up

“You walk though and you hear English, French, German, Old German….”  It isn’t just the food that keeps Kim-Anne Perkins coming back to the Presque Isle Farmers’ Market.  It’s the sense of a community gathering place.  “Maine is known to be particularly white,” she explained.  “Going there lets you see the real cultural diversity, that’s not reflected in skin color.”  Last summer, she added to that diversity when she brought some Chinese students along.  She also recalls an Amish meeting with 15 to 20 carriages lined up, as distant relations came in for what may have been a marriage or reunion.  “It’s another piece of texture in what we have here.” Continue reading “Maine Markets Sprouting Up”

Becca Told Me To

Many people have heard the term “Pay It Forward.” It’s the idea that you will do something positive for strangers (buy their coffee, mow their lawn, etc.) and tell them to then pay it forward. That means they will then in turn do something positive for another stranger. The idea is that this circle of positive acts will keep growing and promote friendliness, compassion and goodwill among humanity. A meaningful social experiment that caught on globally, Hollywood even made a film about these acts of kindness. Continue reading “Becca Told Me To”

The Little College That Could

I’ve never particularly liked phrases like that—“the little {something} that could”—because it sometimes seems a backhanded compliment—i.e., “even though you’re small, you can still manage to do good things,” etc.  But this past week saw our university recognized in two very different ways, each underscoring the reality about UMPI that more and more people, region- and-nation-wide, are experiencing: that this is a remarkable institution filled with remarkable individuals. Continue reading “The Little College That Could”

Quist’s Quest for Greatness

Some say that art is one of the most versatile and beautiful things that the Earth has to offer.  Nobody knows that better than Monica Quist.  Quist, 24, is graduating in May with her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from UMPI.  Quist had been drawing for as long as she can remember, but learned many new techniques when she became a student at UMPI. Continue reading “Quist’s Quest for Greatness”