Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Body Suspension in the Jemez




"A lot of people I guess ask why, and that's very different for everyone who does it. I think a lot of people get something spiritual out of it. For me, I just basically am always kind of trying to one-up myself and kind of...attack the impossible and, you know, this seems like something that would be pretty hard to do, and kind of in your mind, you're overcoming something pretty huge just getting over the fact that you can actually put that much on your body and be ok."

Mindi Kaiser took me on a trip to the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico to watch her do body suspension (hanging from hooks pierced into the skin) with Ben Kennedy and Brandon Johnston. They have all been practicing suspension for years and it was a privilege to take part, especially in such beautiful surroundings. Thanks to all involved. Please follow this link to the video on my website, and please be aware it is somewhat graphic:

Suspension in the Jemez

Monday, June 28, 2010

Botanical



Swallowtail butterfly and red rose at the Ogden Botanical Gardens.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hooked


A peek at a project I'm close to finishing up: I spent the day with the talented Mindi Kaiser, Ben Kennedy and Brandon Johnston doing suspension in the mountains of Jemez, New Mexico (With help from ropesman Alan Comstock, of course). Multimedia action coming soon!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Just Business




I was asked to do a story about some of the women and mothers who work at the Lighthouse Lounge strip club after the mayor and city council of Ogden passed an ordinance that may shut down the bar for good. I figured it to be a much more difficult story to pursue than it turned out. I met Tiia Secor and Kandice Craig and spent time at their homes with their families and also at work at the Lighthouse. Tiia is a single mother taking caring of her 4-year-old daughter while going to school and said dancing at the club has never changed who she is. Her number one priority in life is to be a good parent. Kandice began dancing because both she and her daughter suffer from kidney disease and she was tired of working double shifts as a waitress and chef six or seven times a week and not having time for her child. She said she made more money the first couple times she performed at the Lighthouse than she would all week at the restaurant. It paid for two surgeries and medication for her daughter.

Both of these women were two of the most welcoming and honest people I've met during my time in Ogden, and it was a pleasure to be involved in their lives for a brief time.

There is a video about this story on my website here: Strip

Today

Tuesday, June 8, 2010