Photoadventures is a collection of photos and words that gives a rare glimpse into the experiences of a veteran photojournalist, telling the stories behind his photo assignments in a well-written narrative that goes deeper than the visual. The personal perspectives behind the objective work of P. Kevin Morley are laid bare in this collection of photos shot over the course of his 34 years on the photo staff of The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Morley's colorful writing gives the reader insight on what the 65 accompanying photos can't. The serendipitous nature of photojournalism is front and center here, with over two dozen accounts of unique photo assignments. There is an encounter with a man named Satan. Coverage of hurricanes. Visits to a nudist camp. Morley's unjust arrest. Sports photography. Photographing the rich and famous. Even the sheer joy of finding a funny feature photo is a Photoadventure. Morley also discusses the change from film-based photography to digital photography while serving up a time capsule of the shrinking profession of the newspaper photojournalist.
The stories behind these photos go beyond the obvious. Each photo situation is approached with openness. Each click of the shutter is an opportunity to learn about people, subjects, and himself. In this book, he shares what he has learned. Morley relates something personal yet relatable to anyone who loves to take pictures. Here are stories to entertain and inspire photography lovers to seek their own Photoadventures.
Photoadventures is for anyone who enjoys taking pictures, photojournalists, "word" people AND "visual" people," sociologists and other people-watchers. There are funny stories and sad stories in this wide-range of experiences whose doors were opened by a curious journalist with a camera.