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Triple threat: B Corps thrive in Raleigh

In bustling downtown Raleigh, a different kind of business person is rising. He or she is an entrepreneur, and while profit is a driving force, social good is too. They combine business acumen with the kind of idealism most commonly found on college campuses to form what are known as benefit corporations, or “B Corps.” Simply put, they are companies as interested in doing good as they are in making money.

Editorial and Environmental portraits for WALTER Magazine. Read more here.


Red, blue and purple: A year in N.C. politics

North Carolina saw presidential visits, big name politicians, civil disobedience and the most expensive senate race in American history while the nation looked to the purple state for answers in a mid-term election that changed the nation’s balance of power.

First Place News Picture Story:  North Carolina Press Photographer Association’s Pictures of the Year Contest.

Honorable Mention News Picture Story: Southern Short Course’s pictures of the year contest.


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Coffee Community

WALTER magazine shoot on Raleigh’s blooming coffee culture. Read the feature here.


Raleigh’s craft breweries

Raleigh’s craft breweries for WALTER Magazine

beergridFirst row: Cary’s Fortnight Brewing Company; Raleigh’s Gizmo Brew Works; Raleigh’s Lonerider Brewing Company

Second row: Raleigh’s Sub Noir Brewing Company; Raleigh Brewing Company; Raleigh’s Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing

Third row: Raleigh’s Trophy Brewing Co., Raleigh’s Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern; Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing Company

Read more here:

Zack Mexico @ Deep South, Hopscotch Festival 2014


Raleigh’s rad racks

City cyclists know that Raleigh has some of the coolest bike racks anywhere. Top row: spelling it out at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar; knitted up at Raleigh Times bar; words to go at Gringo A Go Go; second row: swine at NoFo at the Pig; cranks at Crank Arm Brewing; loop-de-loops at The Borough. bottom row: honeycomb at Busy Bee Cafe; our state at the N.C. Capitol; a cow, chicken and fox at Chuck’s, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey and Fox Liquor Bar.

Technical: iPhone 5, edited in Google Snapseed.

For WALTER magazine’s Seen in Raleigh.


Portrait of an innocent man


Henry McCollum spent more than three decades on North Carolina’s death row for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. MCollum is found freedom after investigators linked DNA at the crime scene to a Robeson County man serving life for a similar rape murder. Read More about the investigation here.

Read about McCollum’s exoneration here.



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Blood, sweat and jeers: A portrait shoot with 9 comedians

GRID-CONCEPTI can’t remember having this much fun shooting portraits. Read about Billy Warden’s delve into the local standup comedy scene in the June/July edition of Walter

N.C. Theater shoot for Walter Magazine

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the N.C. Theater for Walter Magazine’s April 2014 cover story. Eight people in one photograph = a little planning and lots of lights!


A few wedding samples

Seeing the Invisible: A yearlong look at N.C. poverty


Overpowered by the smell of mold and mildew, Tina Pope, 37, breathes through her shirt collar as she shows off the kitchen of the duplex apartment in Henderson that she rented with her 5-year-old son and fiancé for 3 years. “I’m not a nasty person,” said Pope who works for a cleaning service and paid $225 dollars per month rent for the property. “I wouldn’t even advise a person coming off the street to live in here. I hate I had to live her myself.” The city has moved to condemn the home, though the landlord has expected her to continue to pay rent. She works two jobs to try to keep her family afloat.

Seeing the Invisible: A yearlong look at N.C. poverty


Clarence, 45, reads a bedtime story to his 3 sons by kerosene lantern Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the rented home he and his wife share with their 5 school-aged children in Durham. The family has been without power since June after they got behind in their utility payments and have been unable to afford the back payments, reconnect fees and a deposit required to restore power. They are saving to have natural gas restored by winter. Clarence’s wife, 44, is a full-time student working towards a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Clarence currently collects workers’ compensation. The family did not want their last name published for fear their children might be teased at school.

In urban North Carolina, deep pockets of misery are masked

Seeing the invisible | In NC, poverty pervades as we evade: Part 1

POVERTY2-ED-012313-TELPoverty isn’t just a number:

It’s an all-too-real condition for almost one in five North Carolinians.
And it’s getting worse, not better.

Starting Sunday, The N&O launches a monthly examination of the faces and issues of poverty across our state with reporting and commentary by lawyer, professor and social critic Gene Nichol, who directs UNC Law School’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. N&O photojournalist Travis Long is documenting the work for publication in print on online.

Find their reports the last Sunday of each month on the opinion page and collected at:

Gubernatorial Inauguration

I can’t remember the last time I had a six column photo on 1A:


iPhonography at the fair

The 2011 North Carolina State Fair as seen from behind the screen of an iPhone 4 using Hipstimatic.

Hopscotch 2011

Scenes from the Hopscotch Music Festival, September 6,7 & 8 in Raleigh NC. Includes photos from: The Black Lips, The Love Language, The Flaming Lips, Future Islands, and Justin Robinson and The Mary Annettes

School Board in Turmoil

In 1976, after years of unpopular and failed proposals, North Carolina’s General Assembly merged Raleigh City schools with Wake County’s sprawling suburban school system in an effort to mitigate “white flight” and comply with court-mandated desegration. The district’s integration efforts eventually established a magnet program regarded a as a model for promoting balanced diversity in the classroom.

Today the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is North Carolina’s largest public school district and the 17th largest in the United States with 143,289 students attending 163 schools during the 2010-11 academic year.

In 2009, an off-year election held in the county’s suburban outlying districts ushered in a Tea Party-backed school board majority that campaigned to end socioeconomic diversity based school enrollment. Promising their constituents neighborhood schools, the new conservative majority voted in 2010 to disregard the socioeconomic factors to determine school assignments.

“When you want to dismantle that, based on political ideology, not based on educational research, there’s something real wrong about that and we have to challenge it,” said North Carolina NAACP President William Barber.

Update – : January 13, 2011 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, voiced his concerns for WCPSS in an editorial for The Washington Post.

Update –  January 19, 2011: Wake County School Board member John Tedesco and the school system’s diversity controversy was the featured subject during The Colbert Report’s segment “The Wørd: Disintegration.”

Great 8 2010

Portraits from the 2010 edition of News & Observer’s “Great 8” spotlighting eight of the best and brightest music acts from the Raleigh Durham area. This year’s cast includes:

Photography and lighting: Travis Long, Juli Leonard

No Ordinary Day

“No Ordinary Day” is a visual diary of the events, both large and small, that serve as milestones in people’s lives. The black and white photo column was published weekly in The News & Observer from 2003 to 2007 and was shared by colleague Takaaki Iwabu and myself. It was a celebration of the struggles, triumphs and tears we experience as we travel from birth to death. Our goal was to document moments in time that might otherwise have been missed; sometimes it’s the tiniest incident in one’s life that has the most profound effect.

From the Archives

A few old favorites and diptychs.

From the Sidelines

Aside from rushing, interceptions and touchdown passes, a secondary drama is played out each fall Friday night on the sidelines of North Carolina’s high school football fields. It’s the place were plays are conceived, victories are realized, and tears are shed. Football above all other high school sports has a culture and drama that extends beyond two end zones.

The Things They Left Behind

We’ll never fully know what the victims of Katrina lost. Six months ago, the storm tore apart houses, uprooted trees and shredded metal that still creaks in the wind. But it also shredded lives, strewing the personal effects of thousands of lifetimes across the Gulf Coast. A child’s photograph nailed to the wall of an empty New Orleans apartment. On the ground in Mississippi, the driver’s license of a man who drowned trying to ride out the storm. In a yard filled with debris, a bicycle twisted almost beyond recognition. Each artifact meant something to someone. Now these things have weathered the elements for months, caked in mud, becoming just more trash to shove into piles and haul away. Many can’t be traced to their owners. Most will never be claimed, but each one has a story.

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Invisible Fields

After years of growth, the population of migrant workers is poised to become the dominant labor force on North Carolina farms. The reliance on migrants has been accompanied by a shrinking regard for the law on all sides — by thousands of workers who have entered the United States illegally from Mexico, and by many growers and contractors, who house workers in squalid camps and pay them substandard wages.


Light paintings of tobacco barns in Cameron, NC. A New York artists’ collective made pilgrimages to Cameron for years to paint the barns.

Technical: Photographs were lit with halogen lights using long exposures.