Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Circus is in Town

Why am I here? It's not as simple as I tell people who stop me in the street.


People ask pretty often why we put so much importance on a person who has so little real impact on our lives.

The easy answer is that I like putting food on my table and they pay me to be here. you know, I find that to be a very reasonable arrangement.

That's not really what people want to know.

What makes OJ so important that we'd travel so far to cover the story of his arrest in another state?

I could speculate, but really the people who make that call about our coverage aren't the people like me taking up space on the sidewalks outside of the courthouse.

We all just work for a living and go where the assignment takes us. Right now, that happens to be (VIVA) Las Vegas.

Just another day at the office?

Well, it's a cool assignment and for sure better than a lot of places I've been (but this stuff is never nearly as cool as you might think).

It's all a matter of relativity. Indoor plumbing, the availability of food and internet access go a long way towards helping me deal with not going home at the end of the day.

Why am I here?

Travel assignments for the station isn't a mandatory thing. I believe most of us chose the path we're on.

Me? I volunteer or (eagerly) accept when offered the opportunity. I guess it really comes down to wanting to see things happen for myself. This is history unfolding and people will remember this story for a long time.

I like being able to say, I was there for part of it.

This has the potential for being a huge news story. Even if it only affects us on an intangible level. People, for whatever reason, are interested in watching this case. I wish the same interest was shown towards other areas of our lives.

There's a lot I'd wish for, if wishes could change the world. Sorry, but it just doesn't work that way.

For now, we'll be here until after OJ's court appearance on Wednesday. I'll probably work until after the 11:00pm newscast and might grab a bite to eat in the hotel's 24 hour cafe.

I won't be seeing a show. I won't be hitting the casino. If I'm lucky, I'll have a few minutes to shoot some still shots, but it's not a vacation.

It's just what I do for a living.

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1 comment:

Todd Johnson said...

Great photography Bryan. It was nice meeting you folks in Las Vegas. We got a lot of exposure for our upcoming website lasvegasrealitydvd.com. We hope to see you again in October if OJ comes back to town. Give Lisa and your other colleague a shout out. Have a great day and keep up the great work. I'm also a student of truth.