Forgive Us Our Lens

A group blog by the Knoxville News Sentinel photo staff

The Knoxville Marathon is one of my favorite and also most hated assignments. I hate it because I must be up by 5am. I love it because it is a creative challenge. There are only so many good photographs of people running-I would argue two-before it becomes repetitive. So for the sake of variety, I like to explore a variety of compositional elements when I’m chasing down the marathon runners. In the first photograph, I use the vertical shapes to give the photograph a unifying theme. In the last photo, I used the open space of a parking garage to frame a runner. There’s nothing great about these images, but they’re a little different. It’s these small differences that still fuel my love for photography.