January, often a quieter month in news, was full of events and opportunities to make images in a variety of spaces and situations. The most noteworthy would be the passing of Thomas S. Monson, the late president and prophet of The Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints religion.
Monson’s passing wasn’t a major shock, but it drew a large amount of attention (national and local). We were covering the event as much as possible, which meant that the Daily Herald staffers were down in Salt Lake City and operating mainly around the LDS Conference Center and Temple Square. This experience for me was an opportunity to dive into the Mormon faith and learn more about these major figures in the faith and the impact they had on the LDS community as a whole.
Other highlights of this month were opportunities to push myself in how I photographed more press conferences and events in Utah County. I often found myself working to look beyond the “spotlight” of the event and peering into human moments that are present in these more controlled situations.
Another positive from this past month was high quality details. A quality detail is something that I have always thought helps tell the story for viewers. Also, details are often an opportunity to create a more graphic image, which can be equally intriguing and informational.
Overall, January was another month of learning and working to create better and more informative images. I thank you all for taking a look at my favorite images from this past month. Please let me know if you have any questions about the images or the stories that they come from.