Photos of the month - Dec. 2017 - Evan Cobb | Photographer & Videographer | Utah

Photos of the month - Dec. 2017

In December I started working for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah. I’ve come up with a selection to highlight this past month and the daily news assignments that I have been working on. I’ll be adding a bit of commentary after each image to help add a bit of context and I’ll also provide the link to the gallery (Click the Find more here below each image) or story in which the image was a part of.

Animal shelters hope holidays help them find homes for more pets

Animal shelters hope holidays help them find homes for more pets

"I want it," Kailer Hansen said to his mother, Kiley Hansen, as he holds a cat on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2017 at the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Spanish Fork. The Hansens came to the shelter to look for a small dog to possibly adopt.

I worked to keep a higher perspective on Kailer so he would maintain his child size in the image. His body language and face says it all. 

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First baby of the new year

First baby of the new year

Spencer strokes Valerie's hair as she holds their new baby, Hannah, at Timpanogos Regional Hospital on Monday, January 1, 2018, in Orem. Hannah was the first baby to be born in 2018 in Utah.

Spencer and Valerie's daughter, Hannah, was the first child born in 2018 in the entire state. This brought a lot of news attention, but this moment happened as couple other photographers were shifting their place and readjusting in the tight hospital room. 

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Sloths in Draper

Sloths in Draper

Apprentice keeper and Trainer Lance Turner touches the male Linnaeus's two-toed sloth during the morning feeding session in the Journey to South America gallery in the Loveland Living Aquarium on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Draper. Turner has been with the husbandry staff for nearly one year.

I am not 100% sure what it is about sloths, but just watching them maneuver brings a smile to my face. It was so interesting to be feet away from Lance as he worked with the male sloth and they interacted with food and gentle touching. 

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Aging in Provo

Aging in Provo

Jose Salvador Tapia plays pool with his friend Sergio Navarro at the Provo Recreation Center on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

This pool match with dramatic lighting was happening as I waited for the 60+ Zumba class (see below). The two men were laughing and joking with one another and the light was so powerful that I had to step over and make some images as I waited. I am so happy I joined them. 

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Lehi's new fire station opens

Lehi's new fire station opens

Malia Cook, 9, and her sisters Mikayla, 7, and Zoey, 5, attempt to put enough weight on the fire pole to open the moveable floor at Fire Station 83 on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 in Lehi. The floor surrounding the fire pole on the second level moves when enough weight is applied.

Sometimes it isn't about the answers in an image, but the questions that pop up in the viewers mind. This image of the fire pole and the young girls trying to pull it down makes me want to know more and try to understand what is taking place. This questioning is an interaction with the image and is bringing the viewer into the story. 

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Titaniboa!

Titaniboa!

Visitors walk up to the second floor, where the Titanoboa exhibit currently is in the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Provo. The Titanoboa exhibit showcases a life-like replica of the largest snake ever discovered.

Storytelling details can be hard to come by on some assignments. I saw the snake creep up the stairs to the second floor, where the Titanoboa exhibit is, and I knew that I had to make an image of people going up the stairs. The visitors just happened to frame the snake head and the image really came together. 

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Provo area first in nation for successful aging

Provo area first in nation for successful aging

Kathy Van Orman, left, and her sister, Ani Nelson, instruct the AquaZumba class with choreography during the noon class of AquaZumba on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Provo Recreation Center. Van Orman has led AquaZumba classes at the Provo Recreation Center since March.

Expression, motion, and a clean background all contribute to the simplicity and readability of the image. 

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Aging in Provo

Aging in Provo

The 60+ Zumba class is held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at the Provo Recreation Center.

I spend a lot of my time getting closer and backing up. In this scene in the 60+ Zumba class, I moved myself back to allow for more of the participants to fill the frame and sort out the chaotic feeling of the situation. This backing up gave each person room and allowed their posture to inform on what is taking place. 

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Small church holds big hearts in Springville

Small church holds big hearts in Springville

Phyllis Rooney, left, and Marge Gaines talk as they have coffee and snacks during the Presbyterian Women meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Springville.

The above image resonates with me and I am not sure why. I love the quilt of the church and the colors in the image. I love the quietness between the ladies and the simplicity of the image. There is a distinct focus in the image, but I spend time looking at the minor details that add a feeling to it. (Also, I am a sucker for small town and rural stories). 

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Behind the scenes of Santa's workshop AKA Sub for Santa

Behind the scenes of Santa's workshop AKA Sub for Santa

Seasonal Programs Coordinator Alexis Miller, left, moves a donations bag as Bridget Sanchez examines donated items in the Sub for Santa and Angel Tree warehouse on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Provo. It is Miller's fourth year assisting the program and her first year coordinating it.

What a busy and confusing scene, but it speaks to all the sorting and organizing that must be done in order for the Sub for Santa program to work. 

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Santa Bus

Santa Bus

Don Fitch poses for a portrait in his bus on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in American Fork. Fitch has been a bus driver for Alpine School District for four years.

For this portrait of Don Fitch, I used a single strobe to the left of the camera to throw some light on him and retain a bit of the background of the image. I love the little Santa that is just over his left shoulder. 

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Update on Spanish Fork Cinemark

Update on Spanish Fork Cinemark

Kevin Adams finishes the doors to the XD theater on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at the Cinemark in Spanish Fork.

Kevin's flashlight adding a flare of light to a rather dark and dull scene. I love working with inconsistent and unusual light. It doesn't always work out, but the odd light can really change the feeling of a scene.


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Gift of Life

Gift of Life

Sophie Cannon exercises in her sister's basement on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Lindon. Cannon is currently in the maintenance phase for her chemotherapy treatment.

For the image of Sophie, I used a single strobe placed on top of a pool table. The added light allowed for me to remove a lot of the distracting elements of the background and isolate the effort that Sophie was putting in to her morning workout. 

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I've been working on adapting to the daily news cycle again. I am loving the challenge that comes with being creative in a brand new situation multiple times a day. This sampling of images is a start and I look forward to what in is in store for opportunities to meet people and to make more pictures. 

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