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Backlog: Years and a lifetime ago

3 days, 19 hours ago IBEW, photography, politics, projects 0

Hi. It’s been a while. I’ve been a little busy. And busy at work, too.

I’ve been in the sky.

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Constructing the Wilshire Tower in Los Angeles

And underground.

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Digging the SR-99 tunnel under Seattle with Bertha

And on Capitol Hill.

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Jim Hunter, former Utility Department director, testifying on the hill

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Ralph Norcross, congressman from New Jersey and IBEW member

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IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson, before giving testimony

And to protests against things happening on and around Capitol Hill.

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Solidarity protest with Trump Hotel workers in Las Vegas

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Senator Sherrod Brown, speaking at a larger-than-I-expected mineworkers’ rally

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Women Workers Rising protest

I’ve met some incredible people.

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Dave, center, has kidney disease. Rob, left, was a potential donor. It didn’t work out. 🙁

Documented transitions in and out of the office.

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Our new political director, Austin

And witnessed history unfold.

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Heading out to count the votes on whether or not Local 410 would soon exist. We won.

So, yeah. I’ve been busy. In a really great and rewarding way.
Let’s not let two-and-a-half years pass before another update, okay?

Back on the Hill.

3 years, 1 month ago IBEW, photography, politics 0

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IBEW Utility Department Director Jim Hunter testifies on Capitol Hill at a Senate hearing on April 10, 2014. The hearing, convened at the request of the IBEW, United Mineworkers, and the Utility Workers, discussed the reliability and safety of the nation’s power grid.
© Erin C. Sutherland / IBEW

I really love the days when I get an email that says, “Hey, can you go shoot this thing on the Hill tomorrow?” This time, it was a Senate hearing on the reliability and safety of the American power grid.

 

140410_JimHunterTestimony_03_smThe room was beautiful, and packed. Thankfully we got there early and got a standing room spot. Non-press were being turned away all morning. It seemed like no one expected the hearing to be so full, and yet there we were, stuffed into corners like sardines.

 

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On a side note about the room: we were watching Cosmos this week and I noticed that the hearing room illustrated in the lead-in-gasoline fight was likely the same room. Funny.

Edit: Looking at these photos on my home laptop, I think I may need to calibrate my work monitor. Hm. 

Original story: IBEW Director to Senators: Ensure Reliability of Grid

My first Congressional hearing.

3 years, 4 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography, politics 0

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi greets Baltimore Local 24 member Stan Osnowitz before his testimony to Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

So exciting, right? In actuality, it was – and enlightening, too. The dais in the room was huge. I didn’t think I would actually see more than half the chairs full for this particular hearing. But lo! Congresspeople came from all entrances to fill just about every seat and listen to these everyday people give their testimony.

Some may see unemployment benefits as extending the poor and out-of-work’s dependency on the government in a negative way. Not so on that day. For those precious moments in front of the microphone, stories of severe hardship were aired in the public, in front of lawmakers who could possibly (and hopefully) help. Without an extension of benefits, these people will be left in the cold with no way to pay their bills or put food on the table. Homes would be lost. Lives shortened by the lack of appropriate medications. And without assistance, these people won’t even be able to afford to look for work. And while only three workers sat at that table (the other two were from support organizations), they represent hundreds and thousands more who are just trying to make ends meet.

So let’s get on this, Congress.

Original story: Local 24 Member Tells House Leaders: Extend Unemployment Benefits

A note about the photos above: It seems as though Flickr has changed the way they embed photos into a page. I bet it’s for security, for which I am grateful. However; it now turns every image into a slideshow of ALL my public photos. That is not cool, and creates a poor user interface. I will be researching a better image hosting option for posts in the future.

Backlog: 46 States To Go

5 years, 3 months ago blogging, freelance, photography, politics, travels 0

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Not hearing Newt Gingrich’s name at all last night during the Michigan primary coverage reminded me about these photos. Thanks to a new/Twitter/mutual friend, Melissa Lyttle, I was able to attend Newt’s watch party in Orlando during the Americans Elect bus tour. It was great fun to play double-duty – getting some photos for myself at a political event, and interviewing attendees and supporters for the Crash the Party blog.

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Two words: Bus. Tour.

5 years, 3 months ago blogging, photography, politics, travels 0

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I’ve been working on the Americans Elect “Crash the Party” bus tour since mid-January, so the ignoring of my blog is unintentional. It was a last minute assignment, and so far, worth every moment. We only have a few days left. I’m sad. I mean – I’m happy to be heading home soon and getting back to real life, but tour life is pretty darn sweet, too. The people I’ve been living and traveling with for the last (almost) three weeks are fantastic, and I am very happy to have met them in this way. If nothing else, these new friends are wonderful.

This frame was one of my favorites from the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa, Florida. Think Mardi Gras on a smaller scale and full of pirates. We were so out of place there, and yet, so perfectly placed. While this is a typical scene for the tour of people signing up to learn more about AE, these kids were likely wasted. Almost all of the people we met that day were wasted.

Long live the pirate. Or whatever they’re dressed as.

Long post: The White House Holiday Tweetup

5 years, 5 months ago blogging, photography, politics 11

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A few weeks ago, I heard about a White House Tweetup (a gathering of White House Twitter account followers for a specially planned program) from a friend of mine that included talks from some administration officials and then a tour of the White House to see the holiday decorations. I may not celebrate Christmas, but I certainly would not turn down an opportunity to take Scott to see the White House. So I applied. And lucky us – we got selected to go! (So did my friend, Elliot.)

We spent the morning at the presentation, listening to a wide range (very wide) of officials talk – from the First Lady’s chief of staff, to an economic policy guru, to the heads of the technology and public engagement offices, and ending with the White House pastry chef and florist. But I have to say, the highlight of the day was most definitely touring the White House. There are signs everywhere in security that say NO CAMERAS, but for the holidays they waive that rule for visitors.

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Thank you, to whomever made that decision.

Seen: Vietnamese Anti-China Protest

5 years, 11 months ago blogging, photography, politics, travels 0

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I heard a commotion on Sunday afternoon, and saw some people across the street all staring at the intersection a few houses down. In the middle of the street was a loud protest with yellow signs. I didn’t have a picture of the day yet, so I ran to my room, grabbed the camera and my keys, and proceeded to follow the protest for a few blocks for pictures. From what I could tell, it was the Vietnamese community from Seattle-Tacoma area protesting against China. when I got in, I took a look on Google and found out that it was planned in solidarity with rare protests happening in Hanoi. Wild, huh.

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This is what I saw coming through the intersection near my house.

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This guy spent much of his time shouting into the megaphone. I don’t know exactly what he was saying, but he was emphatic.

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A lot of the participants were shielding their faces with their signs from the photographers/videographer.

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SPD was there and was very helpful in keeping the protest safe from drivers. The intersections can be nasty in my neck of the woods.

Backlog: Homecoming

6 years, 7 months ago photography, politics 0

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Best part of the Homecoming parade – Robin Carnahan almost taking me and my camera out while I was trying to take some fun photos of her marching and interacting with the crowd. Well, actually, I believe she ran the entire route. This is the result.

“Oh, hi!”

Kelly Schultz: The Triple Threat

6 years, 7 months ago classwork, photography, politics, projects 0

The FinalCut presentation of the photos and audio interview for my character on Kelly Schultz will go here shortly. It’s rendering on Vimeo.

In the meantime, here’s my favorite photo from the entire project.

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Ahha! The video is finally done. Please note – this is NOT a final but a work in progress. I do not like this presentation as completed here. The audio will be re-edited, and maybe the photos will be re-sequenced. It is only posted because it is a class requirement.

Kelly Schultz: The Triple Threat from Erin Schwartz on Vimeo.

U.S. Senate candidate debate: Missouri style

6 years, 7 months ago news, photography, politics 2

I had the pleasure of photographing the U.S. Senate candidate debate today out at the Lake of the Ozarks, featuring Democrat and current Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Republican and former U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt, Constitution party candidate Jerry Beck, and Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine. Needless to say, Carnahan and Blunt stole the show.

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This was my first national race debate, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to photograph more. Come 2012 election, I’ll be ready.

(Click on the pictures for captions.)