Photography

Carrying the burden

Photograph of quilts made by wives and widows of Vietnam veterans
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Yesterday we visited with Danna Hughes of Vietnam Veterans Wives, a veterans organization in Republic. Being the widow of a Vietnam veteran, she shared the everyday struggles of veterans' wives.

The Waiting Game

Photo by: AJ Chavar
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The Starkel family is on baby alert. After spending Tuesday night at Mid-Valley Hospital, Cassie Starkel thought she would be giving birth the following morning. But it looks like baby Garryn isn't ready to make his debut to the world just yet. Cassie's doctor told her she could leave the hospital Wednesday morning after only dilating 1 centimeter. She's been told she needs to be 4 centimeters dilated to have a caesarean section.

Tree Talk

Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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To get to Chesaw from Republic, you take Route 20 to Wauconda, hang a right at the Spaghetti Saloon and continue on until you see a black bear lumbering across the road. What?!? Anyway, that's how Juliette and I got to Jerry's house Tuesday. We think we deserve a prize for being the first team to spot a bear.

Wired in the woods

Photo by: David Miller

It has been a challenging week here at Fort News21 (a.k.a the K Diamond K bunkhouse) outside of Republic, Washington. Our fellows have been meeting with people in towns all over the state, recording video, conducting interviews, attending town meetings and memorial ceremonies and learning as much as they can about veterans' issues, in state and nationally. It has definitely been intense.

Justin Gets a Ringer

Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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When Juliette and I rattled up to Jerry's yard Sunday for our second visit, we found him spending his Sunday afternoon as they're meant to be spent: playing horseshoes with his brother and cousin out in the sun, with two overgrown puppies racing around the yard. "We don't know all the rules, so we just play country horseshoes", Jerry admitted, taking a pull of water from a brown bootleg jar.

The beginning

Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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After almost a week of traveling, unpacking, cleaning, chasing goats, and making about 6 one-hour trips to Walmart, the ten of us went to meet up with our stories for the first time. With left, right, left directions to Jerry's house, Justin and I wove our way through Republic, Wauconda, Chesaw and the abandoned mining town of Bolster. Our drive was a bit like "through the woods to Grandmother's house we go," as we round through all the road's twists and turns until the path opened up into a lush, green valley between hills dotted with evergreens.

Meeting Jared: A Young OIF Marine

Photo by: AJ Chavar
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Nearly five miles from the western Canadian border lives Jared Starkel.

After three tours in Iraq, Jared traded in his not-so-distant memory of combat for a "calmer" life as a father and grocer.

Of course, "calmer" is a relative term for a dad with three kids (and one on the way) whose kids' ages range from two to nine-years-old.

Talking with Mike and Karen

Photo by: Kate Szrom
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We met with Karen Schimpf and Mike Stewart yesterday in the mountains of Tonasket. Karen and Mike both served in Vietnam and their homes are filled with books, movies and newspaper clippings related to America's military history. Mike was in the army and was involved in the only tank-to-tank battle in Vietnam. To pay for college, Karen became a nurse and worked in Saigon for a year.

Surveying the Land

Photo by: AJ Chavar

One of the issues we've been discussing while tackling this project are ways that we can make the landscape a character of its own.

I've been scouting locations that we can do timelapse photography sequences as a way to bookend and segue different sections of stories together. It has been an interesting challenge for me to try landscape photography lately, though I shot a lot of nature when I first started with a camera, with the knowledge and tools that I have now, I am approaching it differently, and am seeing entirely new sets of problems.

K Diamond K Ranch

Photo by: David Miller

We made it to K Diamond K Ranch in Republic, WA. We were greeted by horses, long-horned cattle, goats, and even a peacock! We've gotten settled and explored Republic, and we are all energized and eager to begin delving into our stories in a few days.

Rick Francis and Wolf from Blackdog Foundation stopped by to give us some updates on veterans in the area, who they hope to connect us with very soon. We're eager to meet as many people as possible.

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