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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fw: Photographic Story

Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 15:47:02 -0700 (PDT)
To: Ken McCoy<>
Subject: Photographic Story

Copyright 2009 Paul Calkins
Feeding the People Selma 2009
F stop 9 Exposure 1/200 second ISO 100 
Got through another week, seeing more improvement.  Hope to hear from Amy this week on the Convocation.

Will check in with you by Tuesday.



Photographic Thoughts
Volume II
August 12, 2013
Photographic Story
By Paul Calkins © 2013
Today is the anniversary of the start of an emergency response that occurred almost four years ago today.  It all started with a phone call from the on executive duty officer, patched through from the State Warning Center in Sacramento. "We are hearing that the Food Bank in Fresno is short of food to fill the needs of the people on the Westside of Fresno County, check it out."  The emergency response to a draught and reduction in irrigation water would require much of my time and energy for three months. This was not the image loaded disaster of a flood, wild land fire, or earthquake.  It did not affect a large metropolitan area, and the setting was the Central Valley of California.  There would not be a Public Information Officer (PIO) Photographer assigned to this disaster.    The national news media, with the exception of Fox News, felt there was no story to be reported.   The cast of characters in this response included growers, farm workers, and lots of dry dirt.  The people in the small farm communities were on their own.  From the beginning, I decided that I would have to do the job of PIO photographer when I sent up my reports.  I had the required access to the subject and I knew that I needed to follow the classic thesis form. This story required that I have a beginning, middle, and an end.  The photographs would provide the supporting references. I accepted inputs from my fellow responders and their comments.  My goal was to provide clear and accurate information to the executive decision makers.   The result was a report called Feeding the People.  Additional insight into this response can also be found in the April 8, 2013 Photographic Thoughts article "Mendota"
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