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August 17, 2007 by Janet Worne  
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Today is an emotional day for me. It is the closing page of an important chapter in my life. Tomorrow I will begin a new one.

It is my last day as a Herald-Leader staff photographer. I am leaving Kentucky for the love of a good man, Paul Mansfield, who was originally from Lexington. I will move to New Mexico where he has lived for a number of years and I will make the switch to freelance photography.

I will miss this paper, this town, and especially all of my friends and co-workers. I came here 18 years ago as a widow and raised two wonderful daughters, Heather and Hilary. For the last ten years, I have volunteered with the Kentucky Search Dog Association and have spent many late nights following my dog through the hills of Eastern Kentucky looking for missing people.

The Herald-Leader has been a good, family-friendly place to work and I have many great memories. I have photographed a wide range of people from presidents to homeless people and everyone in-between. I have seen death, race riots and injustices as well as many moments of joy and compassion. I have met some amazing and inspiring people, some rich and some not so rich.

Much like in a mystery novel this last chapter has ended with somewhat of a cliffhanger. I have an idea of what might happen but there are many unanswered questions. Will I be able to bring in enough income? Will I adjust well to the altitude and desert heat? Will I find another good K9 Search and Rescue team? Will I find friends as wonderful as I have made here? Will I be able to top the work I’ve done at the Herald-Leader?

Tomorrow I’ll turn the page and find out. Wish me luck.

Photo Count

January 17, 2007 by Janet Worne  
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I was recently struck by a sobering thought. As of September 2006, I have been shooting pictures professionally for 25 years. A quarter of a century. And I actually started taking pictures earlier than that as an amateur. That’s a lot of pictures.

I wondered how many times I have pressed the shutter release on a camera in my lifetime. Even though there is probably no way to know for sure, I was obsessed to see if I could figure out even a vague estimate of what that number would be.

First I decided that 150 pictures per day is a reasonable average for a news photographer. Several of my colleagues agreed. Some days we shoot much less and other days we can shoot 300, 400 or more. With an average of 240 workdays a year over 25 years, I came up with 900,000 photographs. Then I rummaged through drawers, boxes and hard drives to figure out how many pictures I took outside of work and added that number to my earlier count. The grand total came to a whopping 940,420.

My next thought was, how long before I reach a million? By my calculations I should arrive at that number somewhere around May 2008. Actually I think it will be much sooner or I may have even passed it since I know I grossly underestimated my numbers. The count I arrived at was based on photos I could find or remember and I’m sure there were a lot of outtakes that landed on the cutting room floor or fell victim to the delete button.

Why does this matter? It doesn’t really. It just happens that today is one of those low-picture count days and this kind of exercise seemed like a fun thing to do.

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2007 by Janet Worne  
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It’s that time of year again. Has it really been a year since we put Year in Review shows together? 2006 is over and now it’s a whole new ballgame. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter what we did in the past. The only thing that really counts is what we will do in the future. This is our brief opportunity to reflect on 2006 before we are swept into 2007.

All this week we are presenting our 2006 Year in Review multimedia shows. Take a look and remember.


Signature Style

September 22, 2006 by Janet Worne  
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Ever wonder what it is about a photographer’s work that gives it a recognizable style? It was a thrill for me the first time someone told me they could always spot my photos without looking at the credit line. But they could never explain what it was that clued them in. It took a deep thinker like Sam Abell, a former National Geographic photographer, to enlighten me. Check out my story in today’s Weekender and on to read about his theory of photographic signatures and how they can evolve from someone’s childhood.

Coming Home

July 31, 2006 by Janet Worne  
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It’s nearly midnight and I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport waiting for my flight to Lexington that has been delayed by more than an hour. I know you’re all wildly interested in this, so I thought I’d write a note to ease my boredom.

I’m coming home from a vacation in New Mexico where I was visiting family and friends. I know this was supposed to be a vacation from WORK, but is photography ever really work? I took lots of pictures of the landscape, as well as the usual family stuff. I couldn’t help myself.

I took this picture from the backyard of a friend’s house in Corrales with an Olympus Camedia C-5050 compact digital camera. His view of the Sandia Mountains is spectacular.

I’ll be back at work in the morning and somehow I don’t think I’ll see any scenery like this. But I am fond of the green rolling hills of Kentucky.


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