So I've been amasing this folder full of outtakes from various assignments that were never turned in because, frankly, they had nothing to do with what I was there to cover. Often they are just funny things that briefly stole my attention from what I was supposed to be doing. So I've decided to periodically post such photos here to share some behind the scenes looks into everyday people. Most of the time they have no idea the camera is pointed at them and they just are, like many of us when we think nobody is looking, being themselves.
In the case of the photograph below, a son was sitting with his father in the hallway of the Judson F. Williams convention center as his father filled out applications during a job fair. I was actually trying to convey a sense of desperation in the job seekers who were using every square inch of the arena to fill out paperwork. I was framing them inside the legs of business men and women walking past to give the feel of the bustling job fair. Luck struck when an attractive woman walked by and the young man, who I'm sure was just playing guns to pass the time, pointed his guns at the woman making it look like he was giving her a "hey baby" kinda look. His father was unphased by his surroundings and continued with his paperwork.
A Mule Deer stands on his hind legs to chomp on the leaves of a tree in west El Paso Sunday after traveling on an injured front leg from the mountains. A group of five were in the neighborhood looking for greens and water. People stopped their cars for a chance to see what they usually only see on their trips to the mountains. Here's my favorite image from that encounter.
A very cool new race has come to El Paso. For the novice the obstacles along with 5k route give us a chance to stop running for a sec and try to regain normal breathing; for the expert, it mixes up the monotony of the standard race. Whatever your skill level this race looks like a lot of fun. Runners negotiated several obstacles including climbing over vehicles and hay bales, bear crawls and giggling children armed with super soakers. The race's name, ERace3, is a play words on erasing the "3rd fattest city" tag given to EP by a fitness magazine.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers replaced the Texas flag with the U.S. flag over the coffin of Trooper Javier Arana Jr. outside Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church at the end of his funeral mass Friday, March 30. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
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