These are a small sampling of photos from the body of my work. I am most skilled and have the most experience in capturing candid portraits and scenes of people in their various activities. Any photos of people contained herein have documentation/releases. I have spent the past year traveling the state of Colorado and Washington, D.C., documenting the journey of the Colorado Democratic Delegates as their volunteer candid photographer. A large body of photojournalistic work.
August 7th from "my perspective":
Nature's call woke me early in the morning and on my way up to the bathrooms, I was acutely aware of the beautiful color of the morning and all the fog across the land, wrapping the hills, wishing I had my camera. When I came out and stood on the stairs, overlooking the concert venue and beyond, I knew I had to capture the morning. I did then returned for more, much needed, sleep until woken around 8 a.m. by Scott Bonacci, (poppa wop), Jon Stegall and his girlfriend, Alicia and Scott, all from Denver, arrived and immediately started making noise while setting up their tents/palace. The warm beautiful morning was NO indicator of what was to occur this day.
Our first guest of the day to "leave their mark" was Darwin Brink, the Buffalo Maintenance Director and also the man who built/crafted the HUGE, beautiful Buffalo Chip sign at the turnoff to the Campground. This man did a great job directing his crew and taking care of so much, I would learn before the day was done.
I took some photos of the sculptures, captured our buddy Shack from Porky's talking to our other friend Har-V, the artist/sculptor who crafted the large "Miss Chippie" sculpture and the stones beneath it in the plaza. It seems it was "locals day" at the booth as Jennifer Levine and her s/o came by to leave her spider mark which prompted Shack to leave his and a few others before I finally had to get up to the Media center to do the daily download of photos, where I captured one of the dj's also doing computer work.
When I got back to the booth, Mike Sanborn, Director of Marketing for the Buffalo Chip was leaving his mark as did another couple. Then I headed on a little tour of the plaza to capture images of people that worked in the only places I frequented during my time at the Buffalo Chip. I headed to the store first then off to Porky's to grab my daily meal. While waiting to take some photos of the Mark and the crew there, I turned to see that they were cleaning the floors of the bar above and the dirty water pouring down seemed like it never ended. I managed to get quite a few photos of the crew and my YUMMY plate of food. Thank you Mark!!!
I took some photos at Taco Bell and the bar then back to the booth to photograph one of the Porky's crew leaving his mark and several more people throughout the afternoon. Our friend Brian who should be the MVP of the Buffalo Chip staff, dropped by to say there was weird weather forecast and to proudly show me his fire dancers tatoo. He left and I occupied myself taking more photos of some neat people that came by. They were the last for a while as our friend Chad Stewart from the tatoo booth/bus next door came by to show me the hail that had just hit him. Right about then I thought I heard a siren sound waving in and out but nobody else heard it. We looked around and hail was starting to appear everywhere. Then somebody came on the sound system telling everyone to "run for cover, a major hail storm with 70 mph winds is about to hit us". With that, the skies opened.
The photos you see have many white blurs; the hail being spit at us at high speeds. I kept shooting despite the rain, winds and hail so many photos have blurs. I ended up getting hit in the head and wrist while heading into the tee-pee, where I ended up alone, huddled in a corner, scared to death of the shrapnel propelling toward me from the large hail stones hitting the tops/congruence of the wooden poles at the top and the incredibly deafening sounds and wind that seemed never ending. As you see, I took photos while in there and also shot photos of the scene outside the tee-pee, in the blacksmithing area of the booth. I feel lucky after hearing so many stories, including Vaughn, the blacksmith/artist of our booth, who you can see sitting in the trike at the beginning of the hail sequence. Vaughn and his wife Lori were taking a break and on a drive on/in the "Trike" when the hail started and hit Vaughn hard, in the head and several other places as he tried to get them back to the safety of the booth. He later got hit by a hail stone in the shoulder while trying to hold the tents down. Quite frankly, I was in shock after my experience in the tee-pee, so much so, I regrettably did not remove the leather garments off the bed to higher ground and they were badly damaged by all the water that poured in on them. There was actually a river of water flowing through the tee-pee, our booth and down the slope to the parking lot forming a huge puddle.
As I started coming out of my stupor, I took photos of the grounds, the hail, the damage, the people coming out of shelters and Buffalo Chip staff assessing damages. Pretty soon my friends Kim & Shawn Terry from Basalt, Colorado, drove up on their golf cart and started telling me about all the damage out in the campgrounds and that I "should see it", to which I replied, "well give me a ride!" Kim drove while I did "drive by shootings". It was windy and still spitting rain so the lens had drops on it, which I periodically was able to wipe off.
The damage was incredible as you all witnessed; I was just the only nut out there driving around taking photos of it all! We stopped by the trailer Kim & Shawn had rented and I took photos while they worked to cover all the broken vents, windows, etc. This was only my third journey outside of the concert venue and proved to be the final my tour at the Buffalo Chip. On our way back to the booth, I noticed a pile of hay and thinking back on the photos I had taken of all the water and mud in front of the vendors' booths and inside our own booth, I realized that we should grab hay and another truck of hay as well so we could lay it in the wet areas to provide safety for the concert attendees. It worked. :^)
After getting the hay, I went up to the bathrooms for my nightly round of pre-dark photos and found that the fiberglass roof had numerous holes from the hail in it. As I was taking sunset photos of the venue, I looked down to see hail stones still on the edge of the steps, over 2 hours later. What an incredible evening and memories for all those who survived and made it into the concert venue to partake in the great night of music.
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Thanks for your patience and I look forward to hearing from each of you, which photo you will want in the book.
Kim Doyle Wille
I am currently writing a blog about my Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Shot Bun ride and "Good Mood Mission" and will post the link here shortly, since this site doesn't have a blog feature yet.
This gallery is comprised of photos taken during my AWESOME day with Wienermobile crew mates, Tatum Risch aka 'Tate-Yum' and Patrick McLoughlin aka 'Picklin' Pat'. I'll write a more concise and comprehensive caption for this gallery after I've completed the blog. Thanks for your patience.
P.S. There are captions for some of the photos, viewable in the 'Slideshow' mode, found in the top right corner of the site tool bar.
I met Illene Pevic for a picnic lunch and never imagined the glorious gardens I would see before departing her company a few hours later on September 27, 2010.
Illene is part of an active community of gardeners, lending their expertise to the students at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Colorado.
This gallery features the bounty of the dome built this past Spring and planted July 29 & 30, 2010.
An orchard will be planted October 10, 2010 with fruit trees and bushes and a 1.5 acre farm will be sown in the Spring of 2010 on the South side of the high school. The mission is to provide all the vegetables, fruits and herbs for the school lunch program. Money is still need for a photovoltaic panel, irrigation, deer fencing, etc.
I feel badly as Illene is studying for her PhD. and is writing her dissertation currently but took the last week off of her heavy schedule to assemble a grant and video for submission for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. After trying to submit the entire day, Sept. 30th, the grant failed to be submitted and the 1000 project limit was reached at 10:02 p.m. Quite disappointing for all of us. I hope if this grant gets successfully submitted in the next Challenge round, that y'all will vote EACH day and spread the word!
Thanks Illene for all you are doing and for your great teachings and guided tour of the dome!
If you'd like to see a quick version of the dome's construction and planting, watch this 1.5 minute video: http://bit.ly/c8irq2
RFHS Greenhouse & Gardens has a blog with great photos showing the construction from the ground up: http://bit.ly/css8Md
I had the great honor and pleasure of appearing on KWGN's, 'Everyday Show', with Natalie Tysdal on Friday, October 8, 2010. http://bit.ly/cKW2eh
This came out of winning $500.00 for my winning entree, 'Cheesy Stuffed Steak Rolls in Shallot Sauce' in the 'Real Women of Philadelphia' contest, using Philadelphia Cream Cheese and sponsored by Kraft Foods. Following are related links:
Announcement of my win: http://bit.ly/9PAaSv
Tribute by Sheila Cutchlow: http://bit.ly/aVItBI
Actual Recipe Page: http://bit.ly/bY2MLz
The adventure to Denver started at 6 a.m. the day prior, shopping for the ingredients for both a "raw" and a cooked version of the dish being demonstrated during the show. There were a lot of other things to take care of during the day and I finally got out of town around 6:30 p.m. and to my son's house, outside Boulder, around 11:00 p.m. It took a while to unload the 4 crates of food and equipment and then had to start prepping and laying out the food to cook when I awoke the following morning at 5:30 a.m.
I ended up I only got 3.5 hours of sleep but got right to work, showering, putting on make-up, doing my hair and getting out the door by 8:50 a.m., since I needed to be ready to go to meet my liaison, Mary Latsis, in the lobby of KWGN at 9:45 for the hour long set up period. It took all of that! I had great assistance from Mary and the intern, (I think named Andrea). I got to see Tom Green and meet Chris Parente, the other host of the 'Everyday Show', who is a vegetarian and didn't stay for the segment. :^)
The time went so fast. Setting up the demo counter with flowers, a bowl of fresh vegetables from my garden, ingredients to demo, a pan with fresh spinach steaming and another with wine, balsamic vinegar and shallots simmering, a butcher board & knife and a dining set up for the host, Natalie. The four minutes "on air", went by so quickly! It was a BLURRRR!
I'd like to Thank Mary Latsis for her wonderful help, support and enthusiasm. I will always remember her for being such an integral part of this incredible memory. I'd also like to Thank Kraft Foods, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Real Women of Philadelphia, Eqal, Greg Goodfried and his wonderful staff, Audie Metcalf & Kourtney Schepman.
P.S. There are captions for some of the photos, viewable in the 'Slideshow' mode, found in the top right corner of the site tool bar.
P.P.S. After my appearance at KWGN, I took advantage of my time in the metro area to go to Food Bank of the Rockies and to the Arvada Community Food Bank, to take photos, a video interview and to capture stories and the new faces of hunger in the U.S.
Friday, October 8, 2010 was a memorable and exciting day for me as not only did I appear on KWGN TV in Denver to do a live cooking demonstration http://bit.ly/9Xwm3e of my winning Real Women of Philadelphia entree, I also got to indulge my passion of helping those suffering hunger by conducting my first interviews to give hunger a voice and face in America, via FacesOfUSAHunger.tv and FeedTheUSA.com, (currently being built).
Though I had originally planned to document the Food Bank of the Rockies, Feeding America's main distribution hub for 54 counties in Colorado, I learned upon arriving at that HUGE facility, that the predominance of the staff were attending a state conference that day and was able to capture only a few images, which I will post soon.
Before leaving Food Bank of the Rockies, I inquired as to what food bank would be open in the cities I would pass through, on my way to my son's house out side of Boulder. Ironically, I was given exact directions to the food bank I had chosen the night before, while trying to ascertain potential food pantries to document; the Arvada Community Food Bank.
I only waited a couple of minutes before someone approached to inquire what I needed, taking in the size and aspects of the food bank. While I had heard of new ideas of running food banks much the same as a grocery store, offering options and dignity, this was the FIRST I had seen! It wasn't long before the Executive Director, Ernie Giron, turned his attention to me. I think he was a little skeptical and unsure of my purpose at first but suddenly became obviously more comfortable as he started walking down the first aisle at a brisk pace, stopping briefly to explain what the shelves held, the TEFAP products that weren't there, etc. I had to stop Ernie at this point to learn what the heck TEFAP is!
TEFAP is the acronym for 'The Emergency Food Assistance Program', administered by the USDA. The USDA buys huge volumes of commodities, including but not limited to rice, beans, canned products, meats, etc. and sends to food banks/pantries once a month to supplement food assistance for the needy. As I soon learned, with the exponentially growing numbers of Arvada citizens categorized as "food insecure"*, the TEFAP food stuffs only last a matter of days out of each month. And, the food banks wait another month for the much needed assistance that will serve only a fraction of what's needed.
During my time with Ernie, I learned;
• This food bank opened August 17th, 2009 and is 9300 sq. ft. and was the former library.
• The building that formerly housed the Arvada Community Food Bank was only 3000 sq. ft.
• Their capital campaign was for $403,000, which was accomplished in six months!
• 270 volunteers donate their time to the food bank. Half of those people volunteer for the school back pack program.
• Volunteers work in three shifts plus the school backpack program:
⁃ 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Sorting, intake & distribution shift
⁃ 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Stock shelves of food bank needs, etc. & coordinates distribution between the lunch program and the backpack program.
⁃ 12 p.m. -4 p.m.: Volunteers assist clients with shopping, intake, resources, etc.
• They have great support from the community and a good donor base.
• They are completely computerized, unlike most food banks in the nation. This allows great tracking of food stuffs, people, needs, schools, etc. and gives constant real-time feedback. Effective use of everybody's time and resources!
• In 2009, the food bank was distributing an average of 50,000 pounds of food each week.
• In 2010, the food bank now distributes 65,000 pounds of food each week and the numbers will grow exponentially as the winter months approach.
• This food bank sees an avg. of 20-25 new clients each week.
• The food bank is serving 30% more people since 2009.
• The food bank conducts a survey of their clients each September 1st. Formerly, the clients were allowed 6 visits per year and a visit allowed under the TEFAP for commodities, once each 30 days. Due to 64% of clients saying they need 9 visits a year and 11 visits for TEFAP, the food bank is adjusting to meet these demands.
• Other services, i.e. SNAP, (food stamps), etc. are available in the building housing the food bank.
• The food bank purchases 50% of the food stuffs, receives 35% of it's donations from I can't remember where and the remainder from donations.
A HUGE thing I learned is that a lot of people, having lost their homes, their jobs and lives as they knew it, have moved in with relatives and even though their situations are precarious at best, they do not consider themselves homeless. Most expressed that they have spent significant amounts of time being homeless, the couches and floors they now find themselves sleeping on, are "home" to them. Another big thing I learned is that our system for dealing with disabilities is forcing people into dangerous situations without proper medications, income and forcing homelessness as it takes an inordinate amount of time to receive benefits for those suffering. Two PLUS years waiting for approval is inhumane and something HAS to be done in this era of high speed computers & technology!
There was one last thing that I learned at this food bank that amazed me; there are NONE of the classic people we see images of frequenting this particular food bank! I was informed that the clients of this food bank, located in an old but formerly successful part of the Denver metro region, are people who were employed but currently are not. This food bank is serving people particularly hit hard by the current economy!
Thank you to Ernie Giron and his wonderful staff and clients for allowing me to interrupt your work day, unannounced. Your generosity and the great information and access you provided, instilled the belief in me that it is of VITAL importance for me to travel to food banks across the U.S. and give the hungry a voice as well as the food banks and to share the great ideas that are working so that other communities may learn and/or implement. A million Thanks Ernie!
Now folks, there MUST be some small thing you can do to help people in your community. One in four children in our schools, depend on the school lunch program for their only meal in a day. One in six adults are suffering hunger. Many of your neighbors are suffering hunger in silence, jobless or hours significantly cut back, trying to feed their children, too embarrassed and/or afraid to admit they need assistance for fear of the local gossip mill ruining any chances they may have at viable employment. It's a vicious, tiring circle for those millions of families who have slipped into poverty during the worst economic times the U.S. has seen since before the Great Depression, something most of us have only read about. Time to pull on your empathy and compassion boots and think about how you would feel if you found yourself in a similar circumstance. You are just one major illness, job loss or financial blind side away from this yourself. Just donate a can of stew or a 6-pack of socks. Yes, the hungry need socks. They are the simplest most basic thing we all need and THE most requested personal item at food banks.
Kim Doyle Wille
P.S. There are captions for some of the photos, viewable in the 'Slideshow' mode, found in the top right corner of the site tool bar. If you'd like to view the photos more easily, just go to the bottom of the page and click on 'Show All'. This will enable you to scroll and scan the photos.
P.P.S. Photos I took at KWGN TV, earlier in the day post my live cooking demo of winning Real Women of Philadelphia entree: http://bit.ly/cacVm4
I had a GREAT time catching up with Picklin' Pat and his new WEENR crew-mate, Maria, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado at the 19th Street Diner. This was a newer Wienermobile than the one I rode in back in September, 2010. During my "Good Mood Mission", I rode Shotbun in the Wienermobile, to area food pantries where valley gardeners shared their harvests with the hungry, took photos whenever possible during that busy and memorable day and wrote a lengthy blog detailing the amazing successes that came out of that day.
Kraft Foods sure knows how to pick wonderful, hard-working, charismatic people. Kraft also has AWESOME hunger relief initiatives through Feeding America as well as several great ideas, contests, projects, etc. which are bringing awareness to the epic hunger issues going on in the U.S. as well as ways to engage in activism, to people everywhere. Bravo, Kraft Foods!
Wishing Patrick and Maria safe travels, wonderful memories and many blessings of abundance. <3
Never did I imagine, when I visited the Boulder Valley Rotary Club Share-A-Gift toy distribution outside of Boulder, Colorado on Saturday, December 17, 2011, that I would spend the next 5 days coordinating the shipping and distribution of 37 boxes of donated toys to the needy of the Roaring Fork Valley. (We actually distributed 43 boxes of toys and 10 boxes of clothing and housewares, through donations during our distributions!)
I have yet to write and/or edit/post the photos from my tour of the Share-A-Gift toy drive but have included a photo from that day so you can see the magnitude and fabulous organization of the Boulder toy distribution.
It all started with my asking the question of SAG 2011 President, Lisa Wade, "what are you going to do with all these leftover toys?". (I knew the needy of our valley were desperately seeking any help they could find with very few resources available for the epic numbers of needy.) Lisa responded by telling me that for many years, a woman from South Dakota would drive a big truck down and take the remaining gifts to a reservation there. But, the woman passed away this past year and none of her family had taken up the task so there was no firm plan in place other than calling the Salvation Army.
Long story short, I contacted my local City Market manager, Trent Cook, who put me in touch with the King Soopers transportation coordinator. Within 10 minutes of receiving the specifics from me, emailed 11 other employees involved, and Tuesday morning, met Lisa at the warehouse where the toys were, loaded and shipped them to our El Jebel City Market, (and emailed a photo the of toys shrink-wrapped and on pallets, which I've included herein).
I returned home with a full load of toys which I took to the Carbondale Lift Up food pantry on Monday. As soon as I got there, I was met by a mother of two young children, uninsured, with cancer as well as a representative of the Head Start program who had gone to the food pantry in her quest to find toys for 40 impoverished families. She welled up with tears as I told her she could have everything in the car and more was coming. We moved those toys to her storage unit, made a plan to move the toys after they arrived, to the sorting area.
Once back at home, I called Basalt Mini Storage and was immediately and graciously lent their moving truck and a storage unit to sort and store the toys in, although it spilled out into their driveway in a big way as you can see in the photo. I emailed public service announcements to each of our newspapers and radio stations and followed up with calls.
Wednesday morning we met at City Market at 6:30 a.m., met the City Market truck at the dock, moved the toys and began our magical journey as Elves, setting up tables, impromptu systems, and labeled boxes to sort the 100's and 100's of toys. Those eight volunteers endured some frigid winds over the 6 hours it took but remained cheerful and hard-working throughout.
Wednesday morning six new volunteers and one from the day before, moved the toys to Basalt Town Hall where we were scheduled to begin inside at noon. The weather being beautiful that day, and wanting to get as many people's attention as possible, we opted to set up tables and areas outdoors, right on the main thoroughfare. It worked, except we ended up with 6 MORE boxes of toys and 10 boxes of housewares, clothing, etc. that were extra donated to 38 victims of an apartment fire, the week prior. So... we packed up, moved it to storage and I quickly went to work organizing a distribution in Carbondale and pleading with radio and newspapers to run another PSA letting the needy know we had toys, etc. and also the need for more volunteers, for Friday, December 23.
Amazingly, 4 volunteers showed to move the toys to Carbondale, do the set up/take down and worked the entirety on literally a couple hours notice. My friend Susan Tsuzuki, worked all three days and I'm so grateful for her merry and hard work. We saw a lot of grandparents that day who among their tears of joy, had tears of sadness and stories of their children's and their own unemployment and hard times they never expected.
Upon getting home that afternoon, I found 4 big boxes of *brand new* older boys toys, shipped from the Grand Junction Toys for Tots. I immediately pulled out slips of paper and business cards I had collected from people who had made requests for same, called them, and had the last toys picked up by 10:30 p.m. that night. Ultimately, we helped 182 families get their 423 children presents as well as a few needy preschools and organizations.
It was amazing to see 25 people give up time out of their busy holiday week, on literally a moment's notice, to make sure many others had joy during their holiday. I'm also grateful to the following for all their help:
• Aspen Daily News/Dorothy Atkins
• Aspen Times
• David Bach & Rochelle/KSPN FM radio
• Mary Jo Hughes & Clay/Basalt Mini Storage
• Sally Ferren/Basalt Town Hall
• Jody Ensign/Third Street Center
• And the great volunteers:
⁃ Susan Tsuzuki
⁃ Mark Friberg
⁃ Laura & Ella
⁃ Adeile Melnick
⁃ Jan & Lloyd Strobeck
⁃ Deb Bamesberger
⁃ Susan Markofski
⁃ Kelli Escj
⁃ Debbie Kelly
⁃ Dick Merritt
⁃ RJ, Nancy, Riley & ?? Gallagher
⁃ Karen Dattilo
⁃ Jeff Nard
⁃ Abbi Nichols
⁃ Corinne Passey
⁃ Taylor Bellhouse
⁃ Brittany Schneider
I've included the videos I shot at the Boulder Share-A-Gift and will be posting the photos and blog of all I learned, soon. Blessings to you all.
President Barack Obama spoke to a jam-packed gymnasium at Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colorado on August 8, 2012. It was a most amazing and exhilarating experience despite the 100 degree temperatures.
The Obama for America staff did a tremendous job getting water to people as well as several police officers, always with great patience and smiles on their faces. Kudos to all of you.
I will be uploading 20+ minutes of video of 70+ people telling why they are voting for Barack Obama to be re-elected, as I have time to edit, to this gallery.
For optimal viewing, select the slideshow option at the top right of this page. From there just hover your mouse over the top of the screen and the options to change the speed, etc. will appear.
I hope you enjoy the photos and the experience. <3
Though the Colorado skies were filled with haze, the atmosphere at the Aspen Glen County Club was filled with fun, laughter, joy, and lots of love during the wedding of Tameira and Jonathan Mika.
There are almost 1200 photos that are being added to this website almost daily, depicting the rehearsal, rehearsal BBQ, pre-wedding activities, the wedding, the reception and all that dancing.
I hope you all enjoy the photos, wish you each well and with the happy married couple many joyous and loving years, rich with many gifts.
The United Way of Garfield County held their annual grant awards ceremony on Thursday, July 25th at the Aspen Valley Harley Davidson store in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It was a great venue, finely catered by Desert Sky Catering, and a fun event for the recipients of grants.
Congratulations to all of you that were funded and thank you for the wonderful work you do.
Thank you United Way, for raising the funds and funding these most worthy organizations.