“I think it’s definitely something to feel extremely proud about. This is amazing photography and amazing storytelling. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. This is the type of video that journalism professors should show in class, and all of us professionals should try to emulate.”
“On June 23, News & Observer photojournalists Travis Long, Takaaki Iwabu, Ethan Hyman, and Juli Leonard visited the Eno Quarry in Durham to shoot video and still images for an in-house project on the quarry. The group had envisioned a light piece on swimming hole culture.
A few weeks later, they were contacted by the family of 19-year-old Ian Creath, who had drowned in the quarry on July 9. The family sought the last-known video and photographs of him.
In the process of gathering images of Ian and his brother, Lance, the group got to know their mother, Shawn Bailey. Her strong spirit and thoughtful remembrance of her son inspired this project.”
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