In the fall of 2008, I relocated to Columbia, Mo. to enroll at the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s graduate program. I’ve met wonderful people–graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, staff, and many locals in Columbia–who have made this an amazing, if trying experience. On Saturday, after four semesters, many of the people in the cohort I matriculated with received their degrees. It was a bittersweet moment to realize that it’s over for some, but not quite for all.
Our dear friend and colleague Josh Bickel will be saying goodbye to the University of Missouri after receiving his M.A. in the spring of 2009 and serving as the director of photography at the Columbia Missourian for the 2009-2010 school year. Just as I’m preparing to leave town, so is he. So long, Josh, and thanks for all the fish!
Oh, and now I can post embarrassing pictures of him because he’s not going to be my “boss” for much longer! Sorry, man…and best wishes.
On Saturday, 12 September, a small but determined group of MU students and faculty drove down to St. James, Mo., the site of last year’s Missouri Photo Workshop, to enter a float into the Grape and Fall Festival Parade.
Our float was a mock-up of St. James: The people of Missouri’s ‘Forest City of the Ozarks’, a book of St. James residents’ stories told by MPW participants and MU students, which was edited by Josh Bickel, who received his M.A. in photojournalism this past May.
Many late nights the week before–printing, spray-painting, loading lumber and bikes into cars–culminated in a first place award for a float entered by an organization, and the sale of close to 100 books that afternoon…while Calin Ilea, Jakob Berr and I went fishing at Meramec Spring! (A well-deserved break, I might add.) Here, then, are 20 images that tell the story of the day: