Cline Avenue Bridge Implosion

(From left) INDOT engineer Jim Kaur, Matt Henke with Reith Riley Construction, and Mike Borzych with Borzych Construction, survey a section of the Cline Avenue bridge after it was demolished with explosives in East Chicago, Ind., early Saturday, February 12, 2011. The bridge was closed permanently in late 2009 after major corrosion was found on support cables within the bridge’s structure.

Over my years spent behind cameras, I’ve learned that there’s a few subjects not to be passed up. Photographing the president – or for that matter, a presidential candidate – in your hometown would certainly be one. Significant weather events, such as last week’s Snowpocalypse, would be right up there as well. Or, as was the case this past Saturday, any event where an explosion of any sort is going to predictably occur! Cameras or not, what 20-something year-old guy in their right mind wouldn’t want to watch something light up and collapse into a pile of rubble? After all, that’s just plain cool. Enter Cline Avenue:

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Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Video Production on February 14th, 2011. 3 Comments.

Snowpocalypse 2011

Eight-year-old Tyrese McCray (right) of East Chicago, Ind., works with his step brother and sisters to help Maria Gonzales (background) dig her car out of the snow on the 141st block of Indianapolis Blvd. in East Chicago, Ind., during a winter snow storm, Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Call me a skeptic, or perhaps a cynic, but I’m usually the one who goes against the grain and doesn’t buy “hype”. I don’t make investments in new gear until I’ve thoroughly researched the product (sometimes for months on end) to make sure it’s right for me. I won’t buy that shiny new car until I’ve taken it for a test drive, including making the salesman uncomfortable by punching the accelerator to see what kind of “get up and go” it has. And, even at age ten, I knew Crystal Pepsi was doomed from the get-go.

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