I spent significantly less time shooting this year than any year since I finished my undergrad. My first year of graduate school at the Missouri School of Journalism is now in the books and I’ve spent a lot more time learning about journalism rather than practicing it. Here are my favorite images of the past twelve months in no particular order. Rather than trying to collect my “best” images, I’ve decided to present the images from my school work and assignments that make me smile for one reason or another. Happy New Year all!
Carly Allen Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in downtown Columbia, Mo. A Columbia native Allen has been playing music for five years but just started playing the mandolin “I’m a bass player and although I love playing bass it’s not my favorite thing to sing with,” Allen said. “This was really fun to learn because the cords and the strumming make it super easy to sing with.” “It sounds great, I love it,” Allen said. “I love the mandolin.” Allen said that playing music makes her feel euphoric and takes her to another place. “When I play music I’m not really here per see I’m aware of being here, but I’m in the song and the feeling of the song and the story of the song and the meaning of the song,” Allen said. “It really is like a place. Art is how you decorate space and music is how you decorate time.”
Erin Tillett Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in downtown Columbia, Mo. Tillett is a junior at the University of Missouri where she studies marketing. “I’ve always been interested in consumer behavior and how they behave,” said Tillett. “What makes people want something, what makes people buy something.” Tillett is also an avid skier. “I’ve been skiing since I was four,” Tillet said. “I don’t get to do it so often but when I’m doing it, I’m so happy.”
Benjamin Rogers Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in downtown Columbia, Mo. The Columbia native works in the produce department at Lucky’s Market, 111 South Providence Rd. An avid reader Rogers is currently reading “Hannibal,” by Thomas Harris and looking forward to traveling to London this summer. Rogers said that he also enjoys live music of any genres. “I live downtown and walk to all the places,” Rogers said. “Don”t have to spend any gas, just walk around and get good exercise.”
Gretchen Maune Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Columbia Winter Farmer’s Market, 601 Business Loop 70 West. Maune describes herself as one of those people who moved to Columbia for school and never left. The Blue Springs, Mo., native began working full time as a community activist for Grass Roots Organizing in December. “I started volunteering with them because I was an activist,” said Maune. “I liked social justice issues and about five years ago I went to a rally at the capitol. I really got into it since then, I’ve worked on all kinds of issues.”
Adam Vogler / Missourian A robot removes a pipe bomb fro the office of the Red Roof Inn Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Columbia. The Missouri Highway Patrol Bomb Squad rendered the bomb safe. No one was injured and no damage was done to the building.
Adam Vogler / Missourian Pamela Hardin(cq), Columbia’s NAACP chapter vice president, hands out blue and gold balloons before a rally Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at the Second Missionary Baptist Church. Organizers chose the balloons to mirror the NAACP’s official colors, Missouri NAACP Chapter President Mary Ratliff said. The rally was timed to occur simultaneously with the start of the America’s Journey for Justice March, an 860-mile march from Selma, Ala., to Washington, D.C.
Adam Vogler / Missourian Two Doberman mix puppies snuggle at the Central Missouri Humane Society Wednesday, July 15. The two puppies are part of a litter of five that were found at Albert-Oakland Park. Four of the puppies are recovering at the humane society and will be placed into foster car Friday according to assistant director Michelle Casey. The fifth puppy died.
Adam Vogler / Missourian An SUV crosses south over Hinkson Creek on Forum Boulevard Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The city is considering a $12.7 million proposal to expand the road from two to four lanes.
Adam Vogler / Missourian From left, Natalia Post, 8, Luxloo Khart, 10, and Jimmy Pitzer, 10, play in the entrance to the Devil’s Ice Box cave at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Friday, July 10, 2015. The children are students at Windsor Street Montessori School and go on a field trip to a nature area every Friday, their teacher, Holly Linneman, said.
Adam Vogler / Missourian Spectators watch the Fire in the Sky fireworks display from the Francis Quadrangle during the city of Columbia’s 63rd Annual Fourth of July celebration Saturday, July 4, 2015.
Adam Vogler / Missourian Two men were injured in a single-car rollover accident on East Richland Road near North Tradewinds Parkway east of Columbia, Wednesday July 1, 2015.
Adam Vogler / Missourian Danielle Spears, left, laughs with her fiance, Candace Reed, at the Arch & Column Pub on Friday, June 26, 2015, to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that granted equal marriage rights to same-sex couples. The pair plans to marry in October 2016.
Adam Vogler / Missourian University of Missouri diver Lauren Reedy performs a drill from the seven-and-a-half meter platform at the Mizzou Aquatics Center Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The 2015 U.S. World University Games will be the second time Reedy has represented the United States in international competition. She previously competed at the 2014 FINA Grand Prix in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Adam Vogler / Missourian Lily Smith, middle, waves to supporters while holding up a sign that reads “Thank You,” during a candle light vigil for her son Bryson Smith, 5, right, Friday, June 5, 2015, at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. When Smith and her son couldn’t attend a candlelight vigil, the crowd came to them and showed their support through “#prayforbryson” T-shirts, bracelets and candles.
Adam Vogler / Missourian “Giddy up ceritops,” Ella Ozias, 3, said as she climb onto the dinosaur at the S.C. “Si” Steinberg Playground at the Cosmopolitan Park in Columbia, Mo., Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The theme of the playground is time travel with components that range from prehistoric to the future.
Adam Vogler / Missourian A robin flies over a fence Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway. The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, according to the Columbia Cemetery Association’s website.
Missouri State Highway Patrol’s tactical officers advance on a house in the 800 block of 15th Street during a search for a suspect in the deaths of Sandra Sutton and her teenage son Zachary Wade Sutton Thursday, May 21, in Sedalia, Mo. (Photo by Adam Vogler)