Out with the old, in with the new

This blog began in 2008 as a way for me to stay in touch with family back home while I was in school. Fast forward six years and it has become a record of my life and the people that have come through it, but the time has come to move on. So it is with much pleasure that I will be posting on my new blog at http://www.bpowersphotography.com/blog/ from now on. Please, come check it out, stay awhile, look around and say hi.


Kentucky Primary Voting

Kentucky held it's primary elections today and each candidates supporters were out in force trying to pickup as many votes as possible.


The First Time

     I first met Nick a few weeks ago to photograph him for an upcoming article about hate crime involving racial slurs being hurled in his direction. After talking and shooting for awhile I knew there was more to this than just the portrait.
    You can see the full story HERE, and check out the video below.

The First Time from Brian Powers on Vimeo.

For more photos from the time I spent with Nick head over to my new blog @ http://www.bpowersphotography.com/blog/

Thank you to Nick for sharing your story and best of luck after graduation.


Life Decisions

"It's not a choice I wanted for myself," said Lori Cole, 51 of Bowling Green.
30 years ago she walked into an abortion clinic and says she can still see and hear everything about the experience. A year into a new marriage, Cole was pressured into the decision by her then husband who said the child would put to much strain on the couples finances. Here she poses for a portrait at her home in May.



TopCrops was started by Bill, center back with wheel barrel, and Carol Greer, bottom right, for their daughter Ginna Greer, 20, second from right who graduates from high school this year. Opportunities for people with special needs drops severely after high school and the Greer's wanted to create an opportunity to extend those chances.
The WKU farm provides land for the organization to plant a variety of vegetables which they then sell at the Community Farmers Market.


WKU Greek Week


Wednesday Night

Sprawled on the ground a hundred yards from his home Nick Gilyard hoped he wasn’t going to die like this.
    It was a Wednesday night like any other and Gilyard was walking back to his apartment along Kentucky Street when a black SUV approached with a passenger hanging out the window. As it passes he yells, “You stupid fucking nigger!”
    Unsure of what was coming next, Gilyard dropped to the ground and felt a cup of ice land on him and scatter across the ground.
    The SUV continued on and Gilyard remained on the ground unsure of what was coming next and praying this was as far as the assailants would take it.

Check out the full story over on the Herald's website HERE.


The Big Apple

I spent a few days in New York City last weekend attending the New York Times Lens Blog portfolio review. It was a great time exploring the city while seeing old friends and making some new ones. Here's a few frames I made while walking the streets and trying not to get lost.

Graffiti Collage


The Big Apple: Instadition

Aside from being my lifeline and subway cheat sheet in New York my phone played camera much of the time as well. Here are a few of my favorites.


Learning Doesn't Stop

Meet Frank Beauchamp.

Frank is a stellar fiddle player from Glasgow, KY whom I met at a jam session in Horse Cave, KY. Having played the fiddle nearly his whole life, Frank uses the instrument in the classroom as a well.

Learning Doesn't Stop from Brian Powers on Vimeo.


Deep Roots

Here is a little video I did on local wood artist Mark Whitley.

Deep Roots from Brian Powers on Vimeo.

Mark does some amazing work, I would highly recommend checking out his website to see some of it: http://mwhitley.com/


Mr. Cutie Pi

The Alpha Delta Pi sorority hosted its third annual "Mr. Cutie Pi" pagent on campus earlier this week to see who loved ADPi and WKU the most.
Contestants donned swimwear, formal-wear and nerdwear all in the name of charity, raising money for Ronald Mcdonald house.


Holi Festival

Last weekend I covered Holi festival celebrations held on WKU's campus.

The spring festival of Holi, also known as the festival of colors and the festival of love, is a Hindu tradition celebrating the arrival of spring.

The WKU Indian Student Association hosted the event for the first time on campus to a small but playful crowd that dowsed each other in the colored powder and water.

Thanks to some protection normally reserved for rainy weather my camera ended the day the same color it began but my clothes were not so lucky...


Unofficial St. Patricks Day in Chicago

Spent last weekend in Chicago photographing Unofficial St. Patrick's day in the wrigleyville neighborhood for the good folks at Booth 25 events. Here are a few of my favorites, enjoy!