This post has been long overdue. Fitting I write about this on the day one of America's best newspapers, the Rocky Mountain News, published it's final edition. The economy and the newspaper business is in utter turmoil.
Last month, I found myself on the wrong end of an involuntary staff reduction. I've got nothing to hang my head about. I'm happy with the work I did during my time here at the FLS. It came down to decisions and circumstances far out of my control. Sadly, I've witnessed many talented friends, colleagues and scores of people I've never met finding themselves in the same position.
I'm not gonna kvetch and whine. My time in newsrooms across America has been an incredible experience and given me the opportunity to see some spectacular things. When one door closes, another opens. I've come to the conclusion that this is a perfect time for me to explore the world, travel, continue to tell stories, and move into a freelance career. I'm young, have no debts, nothing to tie me down, there are no jobs here and the economy will most likely remain in the gutter for at least one or two years. So I'm planning a trip to China to live with my brother for a few months and work on a project. From there, I'm not really sure. Most likely I'll head to Israel — a nation that since my initial aspirations to be a photojournalist sparked my interest and curiosity.
Oh yeah, here are a bunch of photos from a story I started here and never quite finished. It's found a home on my blog...
Parker's marina is a father and son operation led by Henry Parker Sr., 82, and his fifty-year-old son Henry Jr. Their livelihood depends on operating the marina, crabbing and collecting oysters. They've both been working at the marina their entire lives. However, a floundering economy, rising gas prices, decreasing crab and oyster population and increased county and government regulation have made for the toughest year since the 1936.
Best of luck to everyone out there...strange days indeed.
a photoblog by ben fredman
Friday, February 27, 2009
All Images © Ben Fredman, The Free Lance-Star, The Dallas Morning News, The Star-Ledger, The Muskegon Chronicle and The Post Register.