Wednesday, May 26, 2010

An Evening Nine

So Mizzou gave me an HD FLIP for my work during News21. It's not the most professional thing, but it boasts some pretty decent resolution for a little hand held camera. I had never used one before, so I thought it would be a good idea to take it for a test run. Two of my friends and I went golfing and I threw the camera in my pocket. Yes, most of the shots are shaky (some are really shaky) but I thought I would just throw something together pretty quick. If anybody has tips/tricks on using an HD FLIP OR knows how to process/export HD video in Final Cut Express, that would be awesome. I don't think I exported it at its full potential. Oh well, it was just for fun.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Rescued Life

This is the final edit of my final project for the last photojournalism class of my college career. Hope you like it. Stay tuned for updates from my summer on the Chesapeake bay with News21.

On September 8, 2006, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States.

The bill failed to pass the Senate, but it prompted the only two states with horse slaughter facilities, Texas and Illinois, to pass subsequent state laws that shut down the facilities.

It was a win for the animal rights activists, but the unforeseen consequences hit the equine industry harder than anyone predicted.

Buyers from Canada and Mexico, where processing standards are less than adequate, began buying unwanted horses at pennies on the dollar. The number of abandoned horses skyrocketed and the value of the wanted ones plummeted. Owners could no longer sell their horses for a marginal return.

Rosy Erganian, now 54, has owned horses all her life. Five out of her current nine horses are rescue horses. She has devoted her time, money, property, and life to the caring and rehabilitation of unwanted horses.

Her story is one of thousands like it.

Photos © Jason Lenhart

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A long-term essay in progress

I have come to accept the fact that the story I want to tell is one that is going to take a lot of time. It will not be completed before I graduate. It's a photo essay tentatively titled "The Life of an Unwanted Horse" and it addresses the effect of the ban on horse slaughter in America. I've been working on two stories at once that sort of parallel each other and today I got to shoot for the larger essay. My first horse auction. Fun and exciting for the first 10 minutes, then I kinda got bored cause I didn't really know what was going on.

Photos © Jason Lenhart