So here I am, back blogging on the Internets, this wonderful series of tubes. What brings me back, you say? In one word:
As the latest casualty of the ever-contracting media, I was laid off by the Tampa Tribune on Aug. 28, 2008. We had to reapply for our jobs, because the both the TV and newspaper photo staffs were being merged into a single team of “multimedia photojournalists.” I didn’t make the cut, because I apparently didn’t have the right skillset. I guess being the only photographer at the Tribune who could drive a live truck and cut a package on deadline wasn’t good enough.
But I’ve moved on. I’m now back in Boston living with mom and dad, trying to carve out a niche in this wonderful world we call freelance. Sure, it’s been a lot of work, and very frustrating at times. The world has been, as my mentor Steve Green in Chicago told me of his experience moving back home in the 1840s, “a mix of opportunity and many winter shades of depressing grey.”
So this little blog, let’s just call it something to take up my time while I figure out Plan B. And since I’ve been unemployed for the last month and a half, let’s just call these first few posts retroactive.
And so I bring to you, this, the last photo I ever filed as a staff photographer for the Tampa Tribune:
That’s Justin Ruggiano getting the last out of a 1-0 win against the resurgent Blue Jays on Aug. 27, 2008.