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January 1, 2009

Last update of 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — erickayne @ 9:26 pm

Hello Blog Viewers,

This is the last installment for 2008. If I remember correctly, this past year has been my longest continuous employment in my life as a photojournalist. It will be a year in February at the Houston Chronicle. All previous employment in photojournalism has been punctuated by soul-searching careers in completely unrelated fields, grad school and multiple three-month internships.

In the past year, I’ve watched my co-workers go out on hum-drum assignments and come back with pretty spectacular work. I have to remind myself that while I was off living on a beach in California driving a milk truck and watching the sun set into the Pacific, these folks were honing their craft on a daily basis.

I’d like to think after a year that I’m starting to hit some kind of groove in my daily work. Once in a while in the past year I would come back with a pretty good photo and then go months without anything decent. Time will tell. There is still plenty of room for improvement.

I think in the next year, my photo journalistic resolution is to bag some projects. Everyone is different, and while I’ve attempted projects outside of school at different internships, they’ve always felt rushed and usually fell short in some aspect. I wanted to give myself time to get settled in, let the city enter my blood and find a story organically.

A few ideas have since lined themselves up. In the recent past, the ideas seemed forced and more focused on the academic concept of what makes a good story – almost like listening to a robot play a concerto instead of a musician playing with emotion.

I hope everyone had a good year. Until the next post…


Eric Kayne

Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams leaves the north side GOP headquarters Oct. 29, 2008 in Houston, TX after speaking to supporters along with other GOP candidates. Williams is the current chairman of Texas Victory ’08.GOPMood

Ed L. King, 79, has been shining shoes at the Houston Police Department’s Central Patrol Station since 1990. Photographed Nov. 21, 2008 in Houston at the HPD Central Patrol Station.Shoeshine_guy


Houston firefighters battle a blaze at a decommissioned train trellis in the 100 block of Yale south of I-10, Dec. 29, 2008 in Houston, TX. Three engines responded to the

Members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office deliver an eighteen-wheeler full of Christmas gifts to the Children’s Assessment Center Dec. 9, 2008 in Houston.  All of the gifts were purchased and donated by members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to share Christmas with less fortunate children. This is the 13th year that Sheriff’s Office employees have donated gifts to the Children’s Assessment Center. The Children’s Assessment Center is a multi-agency collaboration of public and private entities that have pooled their resources to provide a broad range of social and investigative services to children. Over 2,000 toys were delivered for 509 kids.18Wheeler_Gifts

Darlene Tucker waits for a downtown bus as cold weather hit Houston this afternoon, Dec. 15, 2008 in Houston. Tucker was downtown for an appointment and had been waiting in the blustery chill for 30 minutes.cold_weather

General surgeon Dr. Jason Balette prepares to laproscopicly remove a patient’s gall bladder through a port in the patient’s belly button Nov. 24, 2008 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, TX. The procedure leaves only a tiny wound with minimal recovery.Single_Port

Urban styles are in vogue at the Clipper Joint, one of many independently owned businesses lining Fulton Rd. between Quitman and Cavalcade, Dec. 5, 2008.Candidates_District_H

About two  years ago, John Kane and Elizabeth Asher, a couple, started Rescue Bank, a non-profit that supplies small animal rescue operations with pet food in much the way that the Houston Food Bank  supplies food pantries. The operation has grown. Over the first two years, Rescue Bank delivered about 250,000 pounds of food. In the last several months, a major pet food manufacturer, Nutro, donated 600,000 pounds of food. Dec. 23, 2008 in Houston, TX.rescue_bank


Quarterback Cody Green greets fans as the Dayton High School football team, which plays the Class 4A state championship Saturday in San Antonio, celebrates a sendoff Dec. 19, 2008 in Dayton, TX. The festivities started at 8:30 a.m. at the high school with a pep rally. After the pep rally, the team traveled to each of the district’s schools for a sendoff.FBH_Dayton_sendoff


As seen through metalwork in the balcony, the first Christmas mass at the Co-Cathedral is ready to begin, Dec. 24, 2008 in Houston, TX. During his sermon, Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza mentioned that over 2,000 people were in attendance during the service.Xmas_mass_co_cathedral


Gloria Carrion makes the sign of the cross during the conclusion of the first Christmas mass at the Co-Cathedral.Xmas_mass_co_cathedral

Christian Wilson, 10, center, and David Hill, right, pray for Tania Davis as the Thousand Hills Church in the Park conducts a service for the homeless at James Bute Park Dec. 25, 2008 in Houston, TX. “I had a feeling today I was going to get saved,” Davis said. Davis has been coming to the church off and on for six months. She currently lives in an abandoned house with her partner. Differentiating from other churches, Pastor Marcus Wilson said, “We do this everyday. We touch people 365 days a year.” The church holds services and serves food twice a day, seven days a week.homeless_church

Ricardo Rachell poses for a portrait, Dec. 30, 2008 in Houston. In the background is first cousin Anthony Sims. In 2003, Ricardo Rachell, who was severely disfigured by a shotgun blast to the face in 1992, was wrongly convicted in the sexual assault of an 8-year-old in Houston. DNA testing, however, exonerated Rachell early this month of the crime and he was set free. This week, he got some more good news thanks to Congressman Al Green who has arranged for world-renowned Texas surgeon Dr. Joseph Agris to rebuild Rachell’s face for free. Dec. 30, 2008 in Houston, TX.Rachell

Ricardo Rachell, left, is brushed off after a $10 haircut by Richard Miles of South Acres Barber Shop. It was his first haircut in freedom since being released from prison.Rachell

Dr. Joseph Agris pulls a polaroid picture of Ricardo Rachell, right, during an examination in Agris’ office Dec. 30, 2008 in Houston, TX. Agris said at least three different doctors will be needed to reconstruct Rachell’s face, but if all goes well, Rachell procedures should be healed and complete by  the end of 2009.Rachell


Dr. Norman H. Rappaport examines Ricardo Rachell’s an examination in Rappaport’s office Dec. 30, 2008 in Houston, TX. Rappaport said a team of doctors would be needed to repair the damage to Rachell’s face, including an ophthalmologist for his right eye.Rachell

Jan Albers, a member of the Red Hat Starlets of southwest Houston and Missouri City, visits The Grand 1894 Opera House during the landmark’s 114th birthday and reopening celebration Jan. 3, 2009 in Galveston, TX. Galveston_opera

Gale and Mary Jane Rogers dance to “New York, New York” backstage at The Grand 1894 Opera House during the landmark’s 114th birthday and reopening celebration Jan. 3, 2009 in Galveston. The couple, who said “New York, New York” is their song, have been dancing for as long as they’ve been married – 51 years. Galveston_opera


December 8, 2008

A light month

Filed under: Uncategorized — erickayne @ 12:42 am

Hi Loyal Viewers,

By light a light month, I by no means light in terms of workload, only in terms of pictures I have to show. I wish I had more, but I don’t, so please enjoy what I have. I’m thinking about starting a new project or two in the coming month, so stay tuned. I’m kind of excited about them and the initial results have been encouraging.



Cameron Tanju, 7, smashes ice into his face at the Snow Flurry at the Museum of Natural Science were 80,000 pounds of shaved ice posed as snow in the mild Houston afternoon.


HPD officer Joslyn Johnson makes a statement to the press at Memorial Hermann Hospital after an officer shooting in the 6000 block W. Sunforest Dec. 7, 2008. Johnson is the wife of deceased HPD officer Rodney Johnson who died two years ago in the line of duty.


HPD Chief of Police Harold Hurtt and Mayor Bill White walk from Memorial Hermann Hospital to where the media has set up to make statements regarding an officer shooting and death in the 6000 block W. Sunforest Dec. 7, 2008.


Lance Daniels, 20, wears the champion turkey hat after winning in the 13 and over competition during as contestants did their best turkey imitations to win prizes Nov. 15, 2008 in Houston at the Houston Zoo. Judging was based on best vocal call and strutting ability.


A woman crosses a skybridge on Caroline St. in downtown Houston.


Houston Fire Department and Haz-Mat team responded to a gas smell and reports of children feeling nauseous and light-headed, Nov. 14, 2008 in Houston at Harvard Elementary School. Some children were transported to area hospitals for observation.


Nathaniel Watson, a client from The Star of Hope Woman and Family Emergency Center, puts a coat on a homeless woman as Charles Williams, outreach coordinator at Star of Hope, looks on near downtown Houston.


Fans wave to Juanes as he arrives with other celebrities Nov. 13, 2008 in Houston during the Latin Grammys.


Jim Gesser, dressed as a Berzerker Barbarian, left, battles with Nicholas Monti, 8, of Magnolia at theTexas Renaissance Festival, Nov. 9, 2008 in Plantersville, TX. The festival was filled with thousands there to enjoy a journey into the Medieval past with stage shows, amusements and Middle Ages-themed food.


Kimberly Scales hangs an ornament for a friend who passed away from AIDS as participants gathered to celebrate World AIDS Day Dec. 1, 2008 in Houston, TX at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. Those attending the ceremony had a chance to place holiday ornaments on a “Tree of Remembrance” during the program to honor friends, family members and loved ones who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.


Lleno Sanchez carries a flocked Christmas tree to a customer’s car at Houston Garden Centers.


Shoppers walk through the Galleria in Houston, TX.


November 7, 2008

October 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — erickayne @ 4:26 pm

Betty Ruiz comforts her daughter Ceirra, 5, as school begins at Rosenburg Elementary. Ceirra was upset as she used to attend Scott Elementary and was now starting at a new school, where, according to Betty Ruiz, it is “totally different.”

Rosenburg Elementary opened following Hurricane Ike, Oct. 7, 2008 in Galveston. Some students from Scott Elementary were attending Rosenburg instead. Other students were used Rosenburg as a way-station for transportation to other schools.Galveston schools

Michael Brown, 11, right, waits for a bus to transport him from Rosenburg Elementary to Weis Middle School.Galveston schools

Cynthia Perez, center, comforted by computer lab teacher Connie Squiers, becomes emotional while thinking about having to bring her daughter Alyssa Gonzales, 8, right, to a different school. Galveston schools

Denise Alvarado and her children Orhiana Evans, 2, left, and Oscar Evans, 3, have been staying in a hotel after Hurricane Ike destroyed their apartment in one of Galveston’s public housing complexes Oct. 13, 2008 in Galveston.IKE_PUBLIC_HOUSING

Rodney Sweeny and Michael Babrie move a mattress out of the Palm Terrace public housing apartments in Galveston Oct. 13, 2008. Sweeny had lived at the complex one month with his lady friend, who had lived there for 20 years. At right, Irwin Collins installs a fence around the complex to keep people out.IKE_PUBLIC_HOUSING

Andre Dickie jumps the fence at the Palm Terrace housing complex to retrieve his furniture Oct. 13, 2008 in Galveston.IKE_PUBLIC_HOUSING

Rodney Sweeny walks to his apartment in the Palm Terrace public housing apartments in Galveston.IKE_PUBLIC_HOUSING

Sarah Horn, a former resident at the Oleander Homes housing complex in Galveston, talks to a reporter at her sister’s home where she currently stays .IKE_PUBLIC_HOUSING

Debby Rihn-Harvey, who recently won the 2008 United States National Aerobatic Championships.prized_pilot

Kendell Bermingham, 17, prays during a song at the March of the Surviving Youth 2008 Oct. 11, 2008 in Houston. The group met at Elizabeth Baldwin Park in the third ward and planned to march and pray in front of Planned Parenthood near downtown Houston.
Youth Rally

Matt Regitz prays during a song at the March of the Surviving Youth 2008.Youth Rally

Peggy Volk, aunt of victim Macy Moyers, left, and Deana Moyers, right, mother of Macy, react after the sentencing of Bobby Davis Oct. 30, 2008 at the Harris County Juvenile Justice Center. Davis received 8 years in the Texas Youth Commission for his crimes.

County Judge Ed Emmett talks with Sam and Georgia Akers Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston on Election Day at the West Gray Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray.  Georgia Akers is running for Harris County Probate Court No. 1. Emmett is running for re-election for Harris county judge.Emmett_day

Blake Dalton performs east coast freestyle poling in the City Hall Reflection Pool Oct. 16, 2008 in Houston. Dalton, a member of Core Performance Company, will be performing with other polers this weekend during the Bayou City Art Festival at the reflection pool at the library plaza at 2 pm. BCAF_promo

HPD Capt. Victor Rodriguez of the property and supply division poses among what appears to be thousands of bikes inside the evidence warehouse Oct. 21, 2008.

Houston Police are preparing for the monumental task of moving more than 1million pieces of evidence from its troubled evidence warehouse – packed chaotically into an 80 year old building – to a brand new $13 million building.

Carey Barrett and Brenda Chapa have a moment after meeting for the first time Oct. 23, 2008 in Houston. Barrett donated his kidney to Chapa last week.Kidney_Meeting

Brett Hubbs, who was a utility inspector for almost five years for the Katy Freeway expansion, takes a picture of balloon release during at the conclusion of a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 28, 2008 in Houston.KATY_FREEWAY

Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack hands out plungers to passersby at Westcott and Memorial Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston. Radack, a Republican, bought more than 1,000 plungers to give away as a reference to “Joe the Plumber” in support of the McCain/Palin ticket. Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston on Election Day.radack_plungers

Jessie Smith shows his support for his presidential candidate of choice Nov. 4, 2008 in Houston on the Hazard St. overpass and Hwy 59. The U of H political science student said, “I believe in Senator Obama and one day I hope to run for governor of Texas and I hope to change the state the way he has changed the nation.”voting_am

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