Times Photographer favorites: Loren Elliott shares his top 6 photos from 2015
In January of 2015 I bought my first reporter notepad from an Office Depot in Columbia, Mo., before my first day as a staff photographer at the Missouri School of Journalism's student run publication, the Columbia Missourian.
Close to a year later, I'm fortunate to be shooting every day for the Tampa Bay
Times. I learned a tremendous amount about being a photojournalist in that first real year of shooting, which saw me go from the Missourian to the San Francisco Chronicle to the Tampa Bay Times.
The steep nature of a learning curve's far left is exciting, as each week you can see big improvement. My improvement is now slowing down; the rate is no longer exponential. I am dealing with overcoming that first plateau.
I hope that 2016 will be a year of growing more as a journalist than as a shooter. I want to become a better storyteller, making images that have impact and create a narrative once woven together.
Here are a handful of my favorite images taken as an intern in 2015.