Sunday, February 28, 2010

Rascal Flatts plays the Resch Center

Little did I know that Rascal Flatts was from Columbus, Ohio, where I grew up. I didn't really have a say in the matter, but I had the opportunity to cover their Green Bay tour stop at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. I enjoy shooting concerts but hardly ever get the chance to. It's a challenge because the promotions company in charge of the tour usually only gives media access for 1-2 songs... get in there, choose your exposure and get to work...

St. Norbert men and women win conference tournaments

St. Norbert College's Steve Papke (14) and Carroll University's Kyle Jones (15) scrap for a rebound in the first half of the Midwest Conference Tournament Championship at Schuldes Sports Center in De Pere, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.

St. Norbert College's Jake Dietz (43) gets fouled by Carroll University's Taylor Jannsen (4) in the second half.

St. Norbert College head coach Gary Grzesk celebrates with Dietz (43), a senior forward, and the rest of the Green Knights after defeating Carroll University to secure the conference tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament.

St. Norbert College head coach Connie Tilley and her staff react to made basket and drawn shooting foul in the second half against Ripon College in the Championship Game of the Women's Basketball Midwest Conference Tournament at Schuldes Sports Center in De Pere, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.

Coming out of the game, St. Norbert College senior guard Denise Heuser (22) is welcomed to the bench in the final seconds of the Green Knights' victory over Ripon College.

Taking the Plunge

Waiting in line, Cory Motto, center, and Bob Sandoval, right, of the WEL Companies fundraising team prepare to brave the frigid waters of the 10th Annual Green Bay Polar Plunge at The Watering Hole in Howard, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Also waiting with the team is Tom Uher, left.

Members of the Kwik Trip team jump into the icy waters during the 10th Annual Green Bay Polar Plunge at The Watering Hole.

Nick Zerillo and daughter Sophia with team "What Was I Thinking?" make a beeline for the escape ladder after jumping in.

A Green Bay Packers fan grabs his cheesehead hat for flotation. Only in Wisconsin...

Friday, February 19, 2010

An Adam Lambert Fan at 89

An assignment that really brought a smile to my face and brightened my day...

Isabel Paquette, 89, poses for a portrait in her Marinette, Wis., apartment home, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Thanks to Internet donations, Paquette, a self-proclaimed fan of American Idol's Adam Lambert, will be able to see the singer at his Fantasy Springs Resort Casino concert in California on Feb. 27.

Pictures of singer Adam Lambert adorn every room of Paquette's apartment home.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Norman Rockwell

Sometimes I like to think about Norman Rockwell. Looking back on his numerous covers for the Saturday Evening Post you can't deny that he's one of the masters of making the ordinary timeless. Almost all of the scenes he depicts are regular moments of human interaction in daily life... they aren't peak action, they aren't dynamic, they aren't unusual circumstances in the least... they are simply quiet moments.

It makes me wonder about the "quiet moments" (read: the mundane things) that newspaper photographers capture all the time. I often think that a photograph I consider so-so today might be viewed very differently 50 years from now. We often call ourselves documentarians, writers of history; often taking that to mean that we cover the definitive events that define our future. Rarely do we recognize and accept that we also cover the definitive moments that define our humanness.

Dr. Michael McHenry examines the ears of Allen Warburton, 4, at the Bellin Health Family Medical & Wellness Center in Bellevue, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. Warburton's father, Mark, left, watches.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Covered an Ash Wednesday service at the local diocesan chapel. Getting there early I did a little bit of visual exploring and saw this crucifix in a windowsill through the screen of one of the confessionals.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lives on hold

With pictures of his grandchildren hanging behind him, Bill Verdonik is shown during an interview at home in Suamico, Wis., Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2010. Verdonik is on a waiting list for a heart transplant.

Tanya Conrad works at Hart Design in Green Bay, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. Conrad is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

"That's really, to me, what life is right now," says Tanya Conrad of the quote hanging over her desk, given to her by a coworker, shown at Hart Design in Green Bay, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Judge Alex

Frank Summers watches television in his room at Anna John Nursing Home in Oneida, Wis., Thursday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2010.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Tasteful Cake

Melissa Mydlo, owner of The Tasteful Cake, prepares Valentine's Day spirited cupcakes in De Pere, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.

Mydlo applies decorations to a fake cake at her store in De Pere, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, in preparation for an upcoming bridal show.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow rollovers

Authorities tend to an occupant of a single vehicle rollover in the median of Wisconsin 29 near Brown County U in Hobart, Wis., Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, 2010.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Remembering Andy, Pt. II

A video tribute from Andy Nelesen's friends and colleagues at the Press-Gazette. Produced by Corey Wilson and myself.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Valentine's Day florists

Annette Smits, a floral designer at Parmentier's 9th Street Floral in Green Bay, Wis., arranges a dozen roses for a customer, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.

A rose at Parmentier's 9th Street Floral in Green Bay, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Red Clover

From left, Pat Hibbard, Maggie McGinn and Chris Dame and their new country band Red Clover will open Saturday for James Otto at Tom, Dick & Harry's.


Construction work progresses on a biodigester that will make energy in Denmark, Wis., shown Thursday morning, Jan. 21, 2010.