The First Amendment is under attack. Fight back with us. Visit fight.spj.org to find out how.

Member Login | Join SPJ | Benefits | Rates

> Latest News, Blogs and Events (tap to expand)


Advertise with SPJ
— ADVERTISEMENT —
Advertise with SPJ
2

News and More
Click to Expand Instantly

Journalist's Toolbox

— ADVERTISEMENT —


Stay in Touch
Twitter Storify Facebook Google Plus
RSS Pinterest Pinterest Flickr



Current Issue
Browse Archive
About Quill
Advertising Info
Back Issue Request
Reprint Permission Form
Pulliam/Kilgore Internship Info

Search Quill


Publications
SPJ Blogs
Quill
SPJ Leads
The EIJ News
Press Notes
SPJ News
Open Doors
Geneva Conventions
Annual FOI Reports

Home > Publications > Quill > SDX Awards: Art/Graphics, photo illustration


Current Issue | Browse Archive | About Quill | Advertising Info
Back Issues | Reprint Permission Form

Search Quill


Friday, June 30, 2006
SDX Awards: Art/Graphics, photo illustration

Winner: Bruce Ely — The Oregonian

By Chris Speckman

Bruce Ely’s photo illustration gives new meaning to an old basketball cliche about saying that a player who hustles is “all over the court.”

While no player has ever literally been in different places on the floor at the same time, The Oregonian photojournalist’s “The Omnipresent Damon” gave basketball fans a chance to see what that might look like.

Ely’s wide-angle photo illustration shows former Portland Trail Blazers player Damon Stoudamire on the Rose Garden floor dribbling, shooting, passing, defending, blocking out, giving instructions and celebrating — all at the same time.

“(It was) an astonishing piece of work that combines a high degree of preplanning, previsualization, photographic skill and Photoshop expertise,” said the judges.

Although his work with the picture suggests a mastery of Photoshop, Ely admits that he’s not exactly well-versed in illustrating.

“I would have to say the Photoshop work was the most difficult part,” Ely said. “I had never attempted an illustration on the computer. It was a learning experience and was probably why it took me all night to complete the picture.

“Illustrations are difficult. My brain doesn’t work that way, and I really appreciate when someone can pull one off successfully.”

Ely superimposed 18 different shots of Stoudamire, attempting to represent what the soon-departing star had meant to the Trail Blazers.

The photojournalist based “The Omnipresent Damon” on a similar illustration completed by Salt Lake Tribune photographer Trent Nelson of retired Utah Jazz guard John Stockton. While he wasn’t necessarily blazing a brand new trail, Ely was adding a new wrinkle to The Oregonian’s coverage of Portland’s NBA team.

“That was just one day’s solution for the coverage of our NBA team,” Ely said. “We are constantly trying to find new and creative ways of telling the story of the Trail Blazers.”

Stay in Touch
Twitter Storify Facebook Google Plus RSS Pinterest Pinterest
Flickr LinkedIn Tout



Current Issue
Browse Archive
About Quill
Advertising Info
Back Issue Request
Reprint Permission Form
Pulliam/Kilgore Internship Info

Search Quill


Publications
SPJ Blogs
Quill
SPJ Leads
The EIJ News
Press Notes
SPJ News
Open Doors
Geneva Conventions
Annual FOI Reports

Copyright © 1996-2017 Society of Professional Journalists. All Rights Reserved.

Legal | Policies

Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317/927-8000 | Fax: 317/920-4789

Contact SPJ Headquarters
Employment Opportunities
Advertise with SPJ