Group Dynamics

In the last six months I have been involved, as a director with Love For Alyssa, a non-profit organization founded by Jennifer Kaczmarek. The original intent of the organization was to “bring together a community of people in hopes of helping a little girl in need.” Our focus was clear, but we both knew we could do much more.

Therefore, during this time Jennifer and I began talking about expanding the non-profit organization outward. We were going to create a core group of photographers dedicated to health related stories we could visually tell in order to help raise awareness and raise funds for individuals or an organization. We also wanted to the share ideas, thoughts, contacts, and moral support between each other. The industry of photography is constantly evolving and we saw a reason to try something completely different outside of the traditional collective of photographers.

This evolution has taken hold. We have nearly completed becoming a 501c3 with the paperwork filed and just waiting for our final approval! This will open doors to opportunities we couldn’t imagine as individual photographers.

But, the greatest surprise has come through the vast network of social media. During all the paperwork filing Jennifer came upon photographer and writer, Robert Larson via the Flak Photo Network. After Jennifer contacted him, I met with Robert in person, and he has joined our mission, bringing along with him, his own expertise to the group dynamic. Robert is currently based in Los Angeles, California and working to raise funds for his long term project ‘Waiting for Haiti’. His vision of Haiti is arresting and his work as already garnered grants, awards, and worldwide attention.

Robert Larson - Waiting for Haiti

Jennifer will continue to document and raise funds for Alyssa. In the evolution, ‘Love for Alyssa’ will become a project under the new collective name.

Jennifer Kaczmarek - Love For Alyssa

I will also continue my work on ‘New Burma’ with the refugees of Burma in California and Kentucky.

Jerry Englehart Jr. - New Burma

More updates will be coming soon including the new name and a new website!

To read the official announcement by Jennifer Kaczmarek… please visit this link:

Introducing our new vision and people

 

Monster Jam Anaheim

The greatest learning experience I have had so far is that I am self assigning work to shoot while at ZUMA Press. This is critical right now because it is a good litmus test on how well I can find events and situations that will produce interesting visuals, how to jump over (sometimes under) the credentialing hurdles, and most of all how to be successful – 100% of the time. The third is the most crucial because as a freelancer I can’t bomb an assignment. There is no daily assignment cushion, which makes that very scary and a very real thought. Botch an assignment and probably lose a future income source.

The most fascinating aspect of this assignment, at Monster Jam in Anaheim, was to see how many people were recording or taking photographs with their cellphone cameras. If there was any feature at this event that was unavoidable it was people taking their own pictures all through the show. If none of these fans had such easy access to their own way of recording the event in front of them I kept wondering what types of human interaction would I have captured? But on the flip side it made feature hunting even harder (on top the abundance of securities that waved you away when you stood in or near an isle too long)  because interesting characters would be using their little cellphone camera to document the event too. I also wondered when would it become irrational to feature hunt reaction shots, in the crowds at sporting events, when all they are doing is camera phoning the event you need ‘reactions’ to…? Quite a thought!

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Spectators take photographs of the monster truck Grave Digger. It is Grave Digger’s 30th anniversary this year and the truck is still driven by Dennis Anderson. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Fans stand up and cheer after George Balhan the driver of Mohawk Warrior wins the championship race portion of the Advance Auto Part Monster Jam against Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Spectators at the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam filter into the stadium while some ticket holders have restaurant-style dinner service before the start of the event. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – A spectator covers his ears with both his hands during Monster Mutt Dalmation’s freestyle run at the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Monster Truck show in Angel Stadium. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Two young fans with looks of anticipation watch the monster truck Grave Digger during its freestyle run at Angel Stadium for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Grave Digger would win the freestyle portion of the even with a top score of 28. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Two young fans with looks of anticipation watch the monster truck Grave Digger during its freestyle run at Angel Stadium for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Grave Digger would win the freestyle portion of the even with a top score of 28. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – One of the monster trucks exists the field after the end of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam event at Angel Stadium. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – A long line of fans wait for a portion of the drivers to come outside the front of Angel Stadium to sign more autographs after the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam event. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Security blocks spectators from crossing the entrance and exit to the main floor of Angel Stadium because the monster trucks are leaving the stadium at the end of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com

Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Two drivers talk between themselves while driver George Balhan of Mohawk Warrior looks at his phone. Fans lined up to wait for a second chance to have merchandise signed by the monster truck drivers outside of Angel Stadium after the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

San Juan’s St. Johns Celebration Portfolio

Here is small body of images from a day that started off on a bad foot for myself, still waiting for my debit card to be overnighted to my apartment in Ocean Park four days after being in Puerto Rico with minimal cash supplimented by a good friend and ending with an innocent girl being used as a shield during a dispute and dying from her injuries. I have been told that violence is prevelant throughout San Juan; I just didn’t think I would be so close to such an event.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

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Thank you.

Lazy Days

Pros enact lazy days.

I have caught up on more sleep in the last two weeks then I ever imagined, but I have also been slightly nervous and curious to see how life unfolds over the next six months. I will be photographing more for myself in the coming months to wade through my murky and depressive mood. The most I can tell myself is, those who underestimate me might get it one day; they passed up a great opportunity to guide and watch a young photographer grow. I see now, my lacking social skills hinder my ability to convince those greater than me to gamble on my name’s future. These are just a few casual frames:

Jerry Engleahrt Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Getting Up to Speed

With only one more day left with the Orlando Sentinel and the near future still up in the air I have decided to use a blog as an outlet for releasing images, thoughts, and daily occurrences that will allow me to follow my life’s thread once my own time has sunset. Tomorrow’s last day with the Orlando Sentinel will leave me with two whole days freed up to do freelance work, catch up with friends, et cetera, but I will still miss my time with Doug Grossman and Julie Northlake on those serendipitous Mondays and Fridays.

I have also signed up a Twitter account: Jerry Englehart Jr. to further cast my identity’s net into the ones and zeros of the digital world.

Here are two images I shot of Olympic Swimmer, Ryan Lochte, at Daytona State College during Splashdown 2009.

Ryan Lochte 1

Ryan Lochte 2