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Mid-Winter Blues

While I might not say it has been slow around here, it certainly seems as though there is something akin to a post-Thanksgiving meal feeling going on around here. After the Inauguration things more or less got back to normal.

Amid the usual grind of winter sports and portraits, I, along with religion/social services reporter Amy Umble, have been trying to tell the story of Iraqi refugees in the area. It has been a difficult story to tackle due in large part to the language barrier. The story should be running tomorrow so check your copy of the Free Lance-Star or fredericksburg.com to see. In the mean time, here is a frame that didn’t make the cut. I like the picture for its unusual composition and while I think it conveyed something about a kid being a kid, regardless of the pressures he faces as a refugee but also as a 15-year-old and the ‘man of the house’,’ we ultimately went with a picture that spoke to more of the isolation of that role. 

 karrar at the Y

 And on a sad note, we lost one of our own to the downward spiral of the economy. Photo staffer Ben Fredman found himself on the wrong end of an ‘involuntary staff reduction’ after 8 months at the FLS. We all wish him well – I hope he sticks with photojournalism as he is a talented photographer. If you are a Fredman fan, check out his blog here.

-Mike Morones

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