David P. Ball
This photo is of the Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver a couple of years ago. This picture captures the police officers during a very dangerous riot in which their lives were on the line. Police officers are often under praised, and I like the way that David captures that police officers aren’t doing anything differently than the way we would have done it.
I like this video because of the way that it talks about a community. It talks about a community coming together. Capturing what is important in a community in a way that interests the viewers in the community is not a very easy thing, that is what I like about this one.
This short video captures something that needed to be seen by a specific community. It had to do with the housing, and the way that cost of living was going to go up there. Finding stories like these before they happen is not easy. That is what makes this work so good and interesting. The video itself was made very well. It had visuals, with a lot of B-roll with very interesting story and concern for that community.
This photo was also captured at the Hockey riots. It is a truly scary and mysterious picture. It makes some story on a computer screen seem real. It seems scary. It gives the viewer/reader an idea about what the streets were actually like during the riot. That is an important skill/thing to accomplish when being a multimedia journalist.
This picture I never really found out exactly what it was about. However, there is something about it that makes me want to read a story. There is something about emotion that really sucks a reader in. The tricky part with love and emotion, is that they are very hard to capture in a photograph. But, when done correctly, it can win awards.
This photo has to do with capturing the face of a person, and the frightening distress of a fire, and the panic that it causes. This goes along with what I was talking about with the police officers in the photo. This photo really gives the whole package. You can se what the story is about (the fire) and more importantly you get a human subject in it, to make it seem more real.
This is a photograph that captures a great sense of anger and passion. Two of the hardest emotions to capture in a photograph. This photo makes me want to read more, and I’m sure it would do the same to others. This is the kind of photo I would love to print, and even love to get a great story with something like this.
This is a photo that tells a lot. This photograph is about the Stanley Cup riots. It is a player apologizing for losing. This obviously meant a lot to him, the team, and the city. It is a picture that already has the story in. This is a journalist’s dream.
Curiousness. Sadness. Hope. Those three words come to mind when looking at this woman’s eyes. She makes you want to find out what is going on in her head. This photo captures something that is priceless. This photos lit perfectly, giving it the feeling of a bit of hope.
This photograph shows the way that a community can come together, after a disaster (Stanley Cup Riots). This child was painting peace signs that were hung up all over the city. This photo has a lot of emotion and importance behind the colors of the photo.
David P. Ball is a multimedia Journalist that focuses mainly on emotion. Emotion is the easiest way to draw readers in. It is an easy way to get people interested in the story. It give more meaning to the stories, and most importantly, it gives people a way that they can relate with the other people. Relation is a very important as to why people read things, and are interested because they could put themselves in the subjects’ shoes. Ball does this in a flawless way. He draws readers in, he uses emotion, and most importantly he writes about and photographs what is important, and what needs to be heard from people in the community or even the world.
A lot of these photos were taken at night. Night photos are not easy to take because the photos normally get grainy, and a little bit blurry. Ball finds a way, whether the photo is grainy or not, to capture both the subject of the story and some sort of human emotion in the same shot. Capturing something like that at night is something that doesn’t come natural. It takes a lot of practice.
A big part of being a multimedia journalist, or just a journalist in general, is that you need to stay aware of what is going on, and you need to be well educated about everything that is going on in the world, or something that you could potentially write or do a story on. Ball seems to be at the right place at the right time a lot. That is a very big part that he does right. Every photo he takes seems so interesting and you always want to find out the story behind it.
The videos that Ball made were great. He found information that was important to an entire community. He showed them what needed to be changed, what was going to be changed and why.
Overall, I could learn a lot from David Ball. His photos were not always the highest of quality, but he was great at capturing pictures at the right times, and really grabbing the emotion from the photo. I hope someday I can do something half as good as some of these photos.
-By: Steven Kinnison