A new chapter, back in Cincinnati
In May 2015 I accepted an offer to return to the Cincinnati Enquirer as a full-time sports photographer.
I was in a great position at Ohio State University, but an opportunity to return to a city I love and join the staff of the newspaper where I interned during college, and return to the kind of work that I love doing was one I had to take. So I packed up my tiny studio apartment in Columbus’ Olde Towne East neighborhood and went back home to the Queen City.
A lot had changed since I moved away in June 2012. Over-the-Rhine was just beginning to look like a place you’d want to spend time again, and The Bank project was only then starting to take shape. When I moved back in spring 2015 it was like all of those seeds had finally bloomed and downtown was buzzing. But as much as things had changed, I was shocked at how familiar everything remained. I felt like I never left.
Summer 2015 was huge for Cincinnati. Almost like a reintroduction party, the city was hosting the MLB All-Star Game in July and crews were out daily making sure downtown was in top condition for the national audience. Of course, this was also a huge reason I decided to come back to The Enquirer.
I was anxious to dive back into full-time newspaper work, and get down to Great American Ballpark to cover The Reds.
May was a serious homecoming.
World War II Army veteran of the 102 Infantry Division, Noel Brotherton, 92, and his wife Pat Brotherton, 88, of Sharonville take a moment to read names on the Veteran Tribute Wall at the new “Treasures of Our Military Past” exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, May 15, 2015. The military exhibit, opening May 15, features pieces of military history dating back to the Revolutionary War.
Cincinnati firefighters travel up a ladder to extinguish a growing blaze at the top of the PNC Power Stacks following a pyrotechnics malfunction during the bottom of the sixth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Friday, May 15, 2015. The Reds fell to the Giants in game two of the series, 10-2.
Lakota junior Melissa Jacobson (10) remains on the ground after being put out at second base by Mason second baseman Olivia Hopkins (6) during the bottom of the seventh inning of the OHSAA D1 District Final softball game between the Mason High School Comets and the Lakota East High School Thunderhawks at Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, on Friday, May 22, 2015. The Comets defeated the Thunderhawks, 8-7, in nine innings.
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kris Negron (17) plays a ground ball for the force out at second base during the top of the fourth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Monday, May 11, 2015.
Ryle catcher Marshall Rich (21) puts out Conner junior Drew Borman (1) at the plate during the bottom of the second inning the the game between the Ryle High School Raiders and the Conner High School Cougars at Ryle High School in Union, Ky., on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) goes head-over-heels chasing a pop-up off the bat of Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) for an out during the bottom of the eighth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Monday, May 25, 2015. The Reds fell, 5-4, in game one of a three-game series against the Rockies, extending their losing streak to nine games.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) leaps to save a wild pick-off throw down to second base as San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) slides in safely on a steal during the top of the second inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, on Friday, May 15, 2015. After three innings, the Reds trailed the Giants, 6-1.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) puts the pick-off tag on San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac (34) during the top of the eighth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The play was challenged, but later upheld as an out.
The Reds bench mobs Cincinnati Reds pinch hitter Skip Schumaker (55) after his game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning of the MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The Reds snapped a 9-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Rockies on a walk-off double down the left-field line by Schumaker.