I don't know Jerry Wolford well, but I see him alot. Usually it's out of the corner of my eye while I'm stalking someone through the glass; my preternatural photog senses will tingle and I'll look up to see Jerry moving in slow and deadly with his lenses of his own. Rarely do our eyes meet but when they do, it's like two apex predators silently acknowledging each other from across the jungle floor. It's not that print photographers and TV shooters are natural enemies. If anything, we're two breeds of the same species, distant cousins with different stripes, but the same keen sight.
Trouble is, Jerry's one dangerous cat. I know this because I see his marksmanship in my driveway every morning, jaw-dropping images that make me scratch my bedhead and wonder how me bagged that shot. You know, the one he obviously popped off while standing within feet of me the day before...Part of it I'll chalk to up to our differing formats. While I specialize in moving pictures, Jerry and his ilk produce pictures that move. My motion and sound can titillate and sway, but nothing resonates like a frozen image. And never has that been on better display than with The News and Record's latest multimedia endeavor, Pirates' Tale: The Story of Page's Football Season. Expertly edited to a natural soundtrack, this collection of stills presents one high school's football program in a way that is downright cinematic.
It's no secret newspaper circulation is waning. Forward-thinking publications like the N&R are smart to delve into high quality multi-media, even if their broadcast brethren do scoff it off as an act of desperation. Not me. I look forward to the day when the box I get my news from offers the immediacy of video, the analysis of print and the depth of the internet. Until then, I'll keep a close eye on what Jerry's bosses are up to and hope that my own industry will recognize this progression in news delivery for what it truly is: natural evolution.