At the beginning of July I was on TV twice in one week. One was planned, one sort of just happened.
First, the planned occasion. I’d been asked by the nice folks at Fresh Living, a show at the local TV station in Salt Lake to come on the show and talk about the 30 Strangers project. The segment lasted about 3 minutes and I didn’t embarrass myself too much. If you care to view the piece you can see it here. It’s funny because the guy calls me Hackenworth.
So that was nice. Thanks to Brittany Graham and the folks at Chanel 2, KUTV for having me on.
A couple days later was the 4th of July and Amy and I went to our town’s parade. While we were sitting there, Amy showed me an American flag that said on it, Made In China. I thought it was funny (and by funny, I mean, ironic) and took a picture with my camera phone, then put it on Instagram and Twitter.
A friend of mine saw the Tweet, and re-tweeted it out and included the name of a fellow at ABC World News Tonight. She knew they had been doing a recent series on things that are made in America, and thought he should see it. Turns out, he did, and about an hour later, he emailed me and asked if he could use the picture on their broadcast that night. Sure, I said, and I thought it would end there. About 30 minutes later, he asked if they could interview me and during the interview, he asked if I had some pictures I’d taken of the family while at the parade that they could include in their piece. So, there’s a handful of pictures of Amy and the kids at the parade, plus, about 6 seconds of my voice talking about my reaction to seeing this Made In China flag. I sound just like my brother Jeremy. If you care to see that, it’s here.
So the flag picture has some irony, but the real irony for me is that I work every day at making beautiful, interesting, thoughtful images. And then I take some silly, rushed, pedestrian picture with my camera phone, and that’s what gets me on the national news. You know how Warhol said that in the future everyone will have 15 minutes of fame? That better not be my 15 minutes.