Sunday, March 16, 2014

90 Day Mark

This is a gallery of some of the work i've produced during my first 90 days working at The Island Packet | The Beaufort Gazette.  I do a lot of video here... not as much still shooting.  I've shot one sports assignment thus far.. i'm excited to shoot more this summer when my schedule shifts away from morning and towards afternoon's and nights.  I produce weekly galleries entitled, "Theophil Syslo's week in review..."  I have attached those links.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Atlanta Aquarium

Whale Shark. 6.3 million gallon exhibit. Wow.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A New Beginning... My Favorite Moments from 2013.

A lot has happened in 2013.  It was a good year.  I feel blessed to now be working full-time for The Island Packet & The Beaufort Gazette in South Carolina.  My time in Muskegon was a wonderful gift.  Here are some of my favorite moments from the year 2013.

Hunting Island State Park, S.C. 2013
*My first picture in South Carolina.

 Shelby High School senior Andy Fortier, center, takes a knee while being consoled by Shelby Chain Gang worker Ryan Jacobs, left, after being defeated by Clinton High School in the Division 6 football state semifinals at Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville on November 23, 2013.  Clinton defeated Shelby 49 - 3.

Oakridge High School senior Scott Sittser, center, embraces Head Coach Cary Harger, left, after defeating Millington High School in a game at Oakridge High School on November 16, 2013.

 Kashan Vikaas, of Philadelphia, employ at Paragon Leather, stands for a portrait while working at Paragon Leather's vendor tent during Bike TIme on July 20, 2013.

 Mike Ferguson, 28, left, and Matt Ferguson, 37, right, toasts a glass of champagne with their father Jim Ferguson, center, as workers begin to fix their windows after demolition of the former Sappi paper mill power plant damaged their home  on Sunday, Oct. 27.

 Sister Agnes Wojtkowiak, center, and her friend Pam Cuellar, of Muskegon, center right, stop to photograph as a worker for Pitsch Companies, of Grand Rapids, begins demolition of the Former St. Michael's convent on October 21, 2013. "The convent was built around 1918… I have lived here for the last thirty years," Wojtkowiak said.

Emily Wheeler, 16, of Livonia, center, rests as a friend zips her dress while waiting to go on stage during the MIMF Parade of Dance Champions at Heritage Landing during the Michigan Irish Music Festival on September 14, 2013.

 People walk along the pier by the lighthouse at Pere Marquette Park at sunset on November 4, 2013.

Muskegon Lumberjack forward Alex Toscano, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the final minute of play in the third period in a game against Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at The L.C. Walker Arena during Kids Day on November 6, 2013.

 Chloe Klintworth, 4, center, gazes into her bowl of Moosetrack ice cream that her mother Samantha Klintworth, not shown, handed her while sitting on the hood of their car with grandmother Tami Gillette, left, and brother Tyler Klintworth, right at Arlington Estates in Muskegon on June 2, 2013.

 Aubrey Hammis, Little Miss Michigan, takes a bow at the end of her performance during the Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen pageant at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts on June 12, 2013.

 Angela Venditti, Miss Michigan 2012, left, crowns Haley Williams, Miss Saginaw County, right, after being named Miss Michigan 2013, at the conclusion of the Miss Michigan competition on June 15, 2013. A total of 33 contestants began competition for the title of Miss Michigan at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon.

 John C. Reilly, of John Reilly and Friends, actor and musician, starred in the movie, "Step Brothers," and "Talledega Nights," walks up the stairs with his guitar before playing a a concert held at Unity Church of Muskegon on June 17, 2013.

 Performer's from The Amazing Giants walk high above the festival goer's while on stilts at the entrance of the Sherwood Forest Area at the 2013 Electric Forest Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury Mich., on June 27, 2013.

 Lauren Morhard, 29, of Philadelphia, enjoys the sun while at her campsite with friends at The 2013 Electric Forest Festival at The Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury Mich., on June 28, 2013.

 Michael Angelakos, lead singer in Passion Pit, performs a 1AM performance at the Sherwood Court stage during the 2013 Electric Forest Festival at The Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury Mich., on June 29, 2013.

 Fireworks light up the sky at Heritage Landing for the Coast West Music Festival on July 4, 2013.

A Promise to Keep

Victor Tamashunas and LaVonne Shumann live in a senior co-op community (Windsor Oaks) in Ames, Iowa.  Victor was an Industrial Engineering professor at Iowa State University for 35 years and is a China-Burma-India war veteran.  LaVonne was a 1st grade teacher at Manning Elementary School for 23 years… Both were married but have lost their spouses.  They have been dating for 12 years.

Victor leans back to apply his eye drops before heading to bed. Victor, speaking of his wife said, "She would of lived to be 100. Doris graduated from Humphrey's Catholic school and right after graduation went to Omaha to work. She started smoking a pack a day and didn't stop until the day she died. Doris passed away two weeks before moving into Windsor Oaks."

 During his visit with LaVonne at the Nevada hospital, Victor is told his eyebrows are growing "out of control" and need to be trimmed. LaVonne is recovering from knee surgery and Victor visits her every day during her recovery. LaVonne enjoys spending time with Victor and playing card games; her favorite is three plus thirteen. They plan to vacation after New Years in Hawaii.

 LaVonne reacts after having the staples removed from her knee at Mary Greeley hospital in Ames, Iowa.

 LaVonne reaches toward Victor while having her knee examined during a hospital check-up. She remembers the first time she met Victor, "I was at a dance, and I wanted to dance the polka. He said that anyone can dance the polka... Well almost anyone. The next day I could hardly get out of bed, turned out I had sprained my ankle. That was the first of my problems with Victor. Since then, it's been a great adventure and many good times."

 Victor points at LaVonne's knee while visiting at the Nevada hospital during her recovery in Nevada Iowa. LaVonne wanted her knee surgery done early enough that she would be able to recover and still go on a vacation with Victor in January to Hawaii.

 Victor leans in to kiss LaVonne goodnight before leaving Nevada Hospital and heading home to Windsor Oaks where LaVonne will return once she is able to walk confidently enough to be on her own again.

 When Victor and LaVonne read the bible together, LaVonne gets frustrated if Victor can't remember what LaVonne has read. "At first, I couldn't read the bible because the print was too small. So I got a bible with bigger print. Now, I read the bible and he reads the 'Upper Room'. I read the bible part and he reads the story part, we try to read every night. But after being in the hospital for what seemed like a thousand days, we have some catching up to do."

 LaVonne wears a promise ring that Victor gave her last Christmas as a gift. While out shopping for groceries for the week with Victor, LaVonne said, "When we started dating, for some of our family it was really hard. My late husband, Howard Allan Schumann (we called him Howie) worked at the post office for 37 years. Howard passed away 9 months before we were going to move into Windsor Oaks."

 LaVonne rests her head on Victors lap while sitting in her home at Windsor Oaks. To her, the recovery seems long. She comments, "They just changed my medication... the pills say I should be relaxed, but I feel sick."

 LaVonne begins to gently blow a candle out that she is holding with Victor while attending Christmas services with her son Al and his family at Hope Lutheran in Des Moines Iowa, "Its been nearly three months of recovery, I didn't realize how long it would take." LaVonne and Victor are preparing to leave for Hawaii in a couple days.

 Immediately after surgery, Victor is placed in the first room where he can be seen by family at Mary Greeley Medical Center. LaVonne gazes toward Victor as he comes out of anesthesia, "I just don't know what I would do without him." Victor's doctors had replaced his pacemaker ten day's earlier explaining that at this point in his life it would be better to replace his whole pacemaker rather than just changing the battery. The battery on his older device would need to be replaced every couple years where the new pacemaker would last closer to eight years. Unfortunately Victors pacemaker would become infected and he would be placed back in the hospital where he would have to undergo yet another surgery. This time the doctors would need to take out the new infected device and then implant a new pacemaker on the other side of his chest.

 A nurse cleans Victors wound with a solution as LaVonne asks that Victor be given more pain medication. Victor's wound would keep him in the hospital for a little over two weeks. He would ultimately have to wear a wound vac for six more weeks following his release. A wound vac is a machine that is used in negative-pressure wound therapy which is thought to enhance healing. This therapy involves creating a slight vacuum within a sealed wound dressing.

 LaVonne cleans and patches Victor's new pacemaker incision with a band-aid as Victor's wound vac is hooked up to his old wound. Victor continues to visit LaVonne daily and LaVonne is continuously helping Victor with his daily routine, "It was good to have someone. If I needed something she could get it for me. I would of done the same thing for her," Victor said.

 LaVonne rests for a moment on Victors bed, then checks that his wound vac is plugged in before she flips the light-switch off, "getting the lights just the way Victor wants them can take forever sometimes," says LaVonne.

 Victor receives a fresh new haircut and a long-awaited shampoo at the local salon in Ames with LaVonne. Victor cannot shower or get his wound area wet for months after the surgery, "I would just bathe using a wash cloth." Victor would eventually have a nurse come to his home and give him a sponge bath twice a week.

 Unable to lean in any further, LaVonne reaches toward Victor as he plants a kiss on her palm before she leaves for the night. LaVonne had been visiting victor in the hospital in Des Moines.

Victor and LaVonne embrace before LaVonne returns to her home for the night.

Thanks for Looking!

Victor and LaVonne embrace before LaVonne returns to her home for the nigh