The New Guy

Adrianna Ixta, 2, is seen pressing her face on the glass of the butcher’s meat section Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at Jacobo’s Authentic Mexican Grocery & Bakery in Omaha, Neb. Ixta was there with her parents as they shopped. COREY PERRINE/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Moving to a new state is always hectic.

Your past successes don’t matter.

No one knows your name.

You don’t know anyone’s name either.

You have to prove yourself all over again.

New equipment. New workflow. New streets. New colleagues. In some ways, it’s relearning to photograph. In others, it’s relearning how to live.

Despite all the challenges, the climb is worth the view.

I’ve always wanted to be involved in a profession that is selfless. A service-oriented career. A community-impacting career. A hands-on career. A non-cubicle career. It was between this, a firefighter or school teacher. I chose to follow my creative side, not get burned or vomited on, and make a difference with a camera.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is hoisted by teammate fullback Tyler Legate after defeating Ohio State Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Meanwhile, left, others celebrate Rex Burkhead’s two-touchdown night. The Huskers edged the Buckeyes 34-27 in their largest comeback in program history. COREY PERRINE/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

In college they gave a seminar on all the fine art fields they offered, when photography came up, my meager aspirations to play with fonts as a graphic designer, jumped overboard.

My little box of light became my shadow. Click, click, clack, clack, was me approaching friends, assignments, parties, life and anything that moved. Wanting to learn all I could in a short amount of time, I joined the campus newspaper as I became bored with non-real subjects in the studio. After seeing work printed, the newspaper life was for me. Hooked. Sign me up. This was it. (It wasn’t until a couple years later that I realized the social impact work could have on a community that became my motivation).

I got started in Utah then moved to Kansas City, New Hampshire, Georgia and back to the mid-west again. I’m here to stay at a solid paper exploding with talent. Every day is a new adventure and challenges. Something new to discover, create and show to the world. For the first time in my career I’m surrounded by no weak shooters, no weak work. Everything must be solid. Everything must count. Every. Day.

Jolene Penton, left, and Paula DiStefano hold up a photo of their deceased brother and son, Jonathan, then 10, respectively, showing injuries sustained Oct. 1979 at Beatrice State Developmental Hospital Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at Penton’s home in Plattsmouth, Neb. The two have fought legally to no avail in the case against staff members at the center. Jonathan was born with a handicapped condition, Sanfilippo syndrome, and was sent there to receive help with his disorder. According to DiStefano, Jonathan was beaten resulting in double black eyes during his five-week stay there. When she confronted the head administrator he said it was a result of a reaction to medication. DiStefano knew better and pulled Jonathan out of the institution. “I hope people realize this (abuse to patients) has been going on for years,” DiStefano said. “Enough people are enraged but I’m only one person. I hope the public cares enough to become aware so it doesn’t get shoved under the rug.” Jonathan passed from conditions of his genetic disorder, not injuries sustained at the developmental center and lived to age 21. COREY PERRINE/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

I’m humbled to be chosen with the stiff competition that was piled on my bosses desk. I’m even more humbled to see how the staff works as a team. Egos are not welcomed. Community comes first.

Just when you think you’ve figured it all out. Someone shows you a new way of looking at things, doing things and you have to re-invent yourself. I know I’m only going to relish in my time here in Omaha. Growing pains are part of the process. It’s part of life. “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

I look forward to serving the community. Yep, me, the new guy.

Best,

Corey Perrine

corey.perrine@owh.com

www.coreyperrine.com

 

About Corey Perrine

I'm from Springfield, Va., and have worked at papers in Utah, Missouri, New Hampshire and Georgia. I joined the Omaha World-Herald staff in September 2011 and have been impressed by the genuine hospitality of the Omaha area and Midwest in general. I'm a 2003 graduate of Brigham Young University and a die-hard sports fan with too many favorite teams or sports to count. Nebraska is home now and I'm proud to tell people of stories from corn country. I have a love for people, their stories and the ability to reflect that truthfully to an audience to create discussion and generate understanding. I also enjoys a good "wow," "whoa," "cool," "ouch" and "How'd you do that?" photo. When not behind a camera, I enjoy relaxing, watching movies and exploring the breadbasket of America with my 2-year-old cattle dog, Sam. See more of my work at www.coreyperrine.com.
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