Boyzell Hosey - Deputy Editor, Photography

Deputy Editor, Photography

I fell in love with the power of photography as a teenager growing up in western Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Pittsburgh. The turning point came when I took close-up photos of a rhododendron flower for an elderly neighbor, and when I showed her the pictures, she burst into tears. She told me that she had never seen her beloved plants represented in such a way. That encounter was the seed to what I’ve considered an enchanted career. I’ve photographed Tiger Woods winning his first Masters, a handful of Super Bowls -- including the Buccaneers’ win in San Diego, numerous hurricanes and life celebrations, as well as tragedies. Now I spend most of my time editing and being inspired by world-class photographers. Most days, it’s still hard to imagine doing anything different, and I still marvel at the notion that I get paid to talk about photos all day. I’m still a kid at heart, one who grew up watching The Incredible Hulk, Godzilla and Speed Racer. But now my inner adult is maturing, and I’m finding new joy in helping head up a yearly event called the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival. Somehow, it all ties together.

  1. Testing at Bartlett Park drew a crowd. [Boyzell Hosey]
  2. Community activist Carla Bristol at the St. Petersburg Urban Youth Farm at Pinellas Technical College. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
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  4. A rare occurrence called a 'Super Blue Blood Moon' is seen behind the U.S. flag at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. should have good viewing, too, along with Russia. The U.S. East Coast, Europe and most of South America and Africa are out of luck for the eclipse. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) CARC101 [RINGO H.W. CHIU  |  AP]
  5. Ava Calvin, 5, participates in a unity dance during the First Night of Kwanzaa in St. Petersburg ceremony on Thursday evening. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Santa surprises Latayon Bell and dad Shakeel Bell with a new bike as he stops by her room at Mease Countryside Hospital Wednesday morning 12/21/16. Santa, also known as Clearwater Fire Department Firefighter Denis O'Connor, visited pediatric patients at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor Wednesday arriving in Clearwater's Engine 50 that was full of presents in the cab and on the hose bed from the Clearwater firefighters and the Skip Cline Society as well as Dr. Jeffrey HeldÕs family. The Morton Plant Mease Healthcare Foundation coordinated the event along with the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department.
  7. HONG KONG - JUNE 13:  People place candles during a vigil for the victims of a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13, 2016 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The vigil is put together by Betty Grisoni   co-director of Pink Dot and co-founder of local lesbian group Les Peches   with Double Happiness, Les Peches, Out in HK and Pink Alliance joining in as supporting organisations.  (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
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