Here are two frames from a news assignment I had yesterday that didn't make print. Yesterday's event at Punchbowl was an annual gathering of Gold Star mothers and families of soldiers who had died in the line of duty. Like many annual assignments, it's always a challenge to try and come up with something new and visually stimulating. After a moving tribute at the foot of the Lady Columbia statue, the families gathered to connect dozens and dozens of lei to form one gigantic one that was at least a hundred feet in diameter. It was very touching to see everyone join together, and I saw the lei as a symbol of that joining.
I always look for layering when I try to compose my photographs. Layers tell stories when you're lucky enough to have all the elements in the right place.