See the entire photo showcase: 2012 OWH Year in Pictures – Chris Machian
The past year seemed to fly by for me. It feels like I just did my 2011 Year in Pictures post. I always panic that I don’t have any photos to make a slideshow worthwhile. I always feel like I accomplished something in the year if I can look back at last year’s slideshow and feel like I have improved.
One of my more memorable moments was a Guard unit homecoming from Afghanistan. These events can be difficult and very rewarding. When the troops get off the bus. you have such a short time frame to capture the moment while competing with other photographers and TV camera crews, and trying not to get in the way of the families.
Not all of the moments I cover are joyous. I was in Benson shooting photos of a child who was hit by a car when I heard of another car accident nearby where a person was pinned. I arrived to find a horrible scene with family members dazed and scattered. There was a van on its side with firefighters working to free a passenger trapped underneath. The van had been rushing to the hospital because of another child who had been hit by a car.
Out of that terrible series of events, I found a few moments of beautiful humanity. Nearby residents gathered the survivors and comforted those who before a series of tragic events were complete strangers.
Another moment that sticks out for me is standing in the bedroom that belonged to 16-year-old Eriana Carr with her mother, Shavon Carr, the day after Eriana was shot and killed.
Weather dominated the news again this year. The drought left a huge mark in the region, while tornadoes earlier in the year changed entire towns.
Not all of my 2012 moments involved sharing in people’s best and worst experiences. Some were just random moments that they might not even remember.
The job really comes down to telling the stories of people, such as the story of Sgt. Josh Echtinaw.
Other World-Herald photo staff members’ photos:
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — James R. Burnett
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Mark Davis
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Rebecca S. Gratz
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Matt Miller
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Alyssa Schukar
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Kent Sievers
2012 OWH Year in Pictures — Ryan Soderlin