Wednesday, October 19, 2011

No Bull

So I wanted to do a shoot with some Texas Longhorn cattle, and since we run covers, featuring teams, on our football weeklies, I asked sports to find me an offensive line we could feature.

Meet high school seniors Sam Filous and Brandon Hollis, offensive linemen for Johnstown High School.

Also, meet Kilometer. 1700 pounds of raw Texas Longhorn.

My goal in the photo was to give the impression of raw power and strength. I don't know if that worked or not, but it was a great experience regardless of the photographic success. Ed Callan, the owner of Callan Cattle Co. was a huge help. He and I met before, to discuss the feasibility of the shoot. Once Brandon and Sam arrived, Ed gave us all a great safety speech, and made control of the situation his top priority. At no time did I ever feel like the situation was out of control or dangerous.

Aside from Brandon's mouth guard, which was chomped on by another cattle while we shot, everything went incredibly smooth.

Photos © Jason Lenhart

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Man I love food. A lot.

And of course I ate it. The shoot was for a magazine. There was no journalistic integrity to be upheld... and I was hungry.

Spinach Artichoke Bites

Citrus Minted Prawns and Ancho Bruleed Scallop Skewers

Pinot Noir Meatballs
Photos © Jason Lenhart

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Break It Down

So, it may not be the most journalist thing ever....

Ok, it's the LEAST journalistic thing ever, but we cover all the local school homecoming dances. Why? Well to build web galleries. WHY? Well because we can clear 200,000 page views across 4 galleries in 2 days. That's why.

Utica junior Kody Smith breakdances during Saturday's homecoming dance at the school. Jason Lenhart/The Advocate

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Now and Then

The other week I was out feature hunting when I came across an elderly gentlemen cleaning the show window of the Newark Family Shoe store on the square. I took a couple frames and then went in to talk with him. 

That's how I met Robert Evans - a man who keep an extensive history worth of news clippings and photos of Newark. He even showed me a photo of himself, taken November 11th, 1971, doing nearly the exact same thing I had just photographed not 5 minutes earlier. 

I wasn't able to find the photo in our archives (a mess) so I took a photo of the photo and we ran the two images below the fold with the following text - 

On Tuesday, Advocate photographer Jason Lenhart was out looking for feature photographs when he stumbled upon Robert Evans cleaning the front display window of Newark Family Shoes. Only after speaking with Evans did he learn that on November 10, 1971, an Advocate photographer photographed Evans doing the same thing.

Evans has worked in the store since 1960, when it was located at 25-27 South Park Place. In 1967 the store relocated to the King Building, currently the Chase Building, at 15 North Third Street. Evans assumed ownership of the shop in 1981 when it moved to its current location at 5 South Third. 

"It's always been shoes." Evans said as he rushed around his shop on Wednesday. Evans estimates his age to be "Oh, somewhere around 50." Jason Lenhart/The Advocate