I wrote a story for inewsource that published this morning about a long-ignored yet powerful law in San Diego requiring every person or corporation doing business with the city to disclose the financial interests behind themselves.
It’s a long read and typically we break those up with graphics (photographs or charts) or video vignettes. It makes the thing more digestible for readers.
The problem is, some stories just don’t lend themselves to photographs. How do you shoot a compelling photo of a law? Or capture “backroom deals” with a camera? Not really possible.
So for this story, we enlisted artist Ben Chlapek, a freelance illustrator, designer and printer out of Chicago with a unique style. He and I worked together to identify key elements from the story — a baseball stadium, a skyline and an exploding Rolls Royce — while some were left entirely to his discretion. …
Last month, I attended a Port of San Diego public meeting during which I spoke briefly with the CEO, Randa Coniglio. She told me, offhand, that a director in the Port’s records department had stumbled across boxes containing tons of old photographs of San Diego’s waterfront, including aerial photos, candid portraits, tuna fishermen in action, sunbathers and hundreds of others — including a giant shark caught in the bay.
Being a photographer and lover of all things old and musty, I asked to see them. The port obliged.
These are some of my favorites.
Shameless plug: If you’re interested in a deep dive into the history of San Diego’s waterfront — and why it looks the way it does today — check out my story from April.