Deep freeze chores

I guess you could call it a "heat wave." After dealing with double-digit subzero temperatures for four days, you would think 8 degrees felt balmy.

But it was hard for Dan Hanrahan, a farmer from Winterset, to buy into that as he hit the door latch and opened the tractor cab door to start his daily chores. Even with a 20-degree temperature change, Hanrahan still braced for the rush of cold air that washed over his face and slowly penetrated the numerous layers of clothes he had on.  Click below to read full story:

Deep freeze chores

Originally published for the Iowa Food & Family Project. Find out more at Iowa Food and Family Project.

Seven in 2017

New Year's Eve is a natural time to look back at accomplishments from the previous year while looking forward to new opportunities. Below is a selection of my seven favorite photos from 2017. 

I have been fortunate to pursue a career in photography and writing that has led me around the world while meeting many people. I look forward to 2018 and all of the new opportunities it will bring.

Here’s to 2018.

Picture Iowa - Seasons greetings from Winterset

A fresh blanket of snow covers the sidewalks and garland lining a wooden fence near the Winterset town square the day before Christmas. Many Iowan's had a white Christmas after a light storm moved across the state dropping an inch to two-inches of snow. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy)

A fresh blanket of snow covers the sidewalks and garland lining a wooden fence near the Winterset town square the day before Christmas. Many Iowan's had a white Christmas after a light storm moved across the state dropping an inch to two-inches of snow. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy)

The art of street photography

Living in Iowa it is difficult to practice the art of street photography. There are, of course, opportunities wherever you live to find great street images. But when comparing Des Moines to other major metropolitan cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles you can see the potential for street photography diminishing.

A street poet prepares for inspiration as a woman enjoys a smoke and waits for friends on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans.

A street poet prepares for inspiration as a woman enjoys a smoke and waits for friends on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans.

I’ve always been drawn to the gritty images that street photography offers. There are so many historical masters (ErwittBressonKoudelka) of street photography and there are also many (GildenWebbFree) working the streets today.

That is why when I travel I always make sure to take time and walk the streets where I visit to take photos of the people that are part of those communities.

A woman walks along the road in Belize City, Belize.

A woman walks along the road in Belize City, Belize.

I’ve walked the streets of New York, Chicago, Beijing, and Ho Chi Minh City to name a few. I’ve also utilized the window on a bus in cities like Quito, Manila and Rosario to get some street shots. The photos below are a sampling from my recent travels to Belize City and Cozumel along with some of my favorites from other cities.

Action now

Protestors march along Michigan Avenue while calling for an end to police crimes. The protestors, protected by about 75 Chicago Police officers, also stated they wanted to disrupt Black Friday shopping in the busy Chicago commercial district.

A man holds a sign protesting police crimes in Chicago, Illinois.

A man holds a sign protesting police crimes in Chicago, Illinois.