Moline High School students demand our attention during National School Walkout


I can’t imagine having to cover a school shooting like the one last month in Parkland FL. I have covered a lot of bad stuff over the years but a school shooting would be simply unimaginable. It didn’t dawn on me at the time I took the first photo in this series but so often we see photos of students being led out of a school by Police following a tragedy but on Wednesday across America kids were walking out on their own, heads held high and demanding action to stem the tide of gun violence.


A switch has been flipped folks and America’s youth is pissed off and I for one loved being able to witness and document the nearly 900 kids who marched for change today at Moline High School.



Max-imum portraits

We apologize for the delay in posting a new episode. We have been busy moving to our new offices but before we moved out we recorded one last episode in our old photo studio before moving to our new offices. Max Gersh, of The Villages Daily Sun photographer, calls into the show to talk about his fantastic sports portrait project. The elaborately staged portraits were shot for the Villages Daily Sun’s high school basketball kick-off issue.

Thanks for the 1720 memories

The real estate listing for our soon to be home at 1720 5th Avenue in Moline reads as follows”
Current Daily Dispatch Property. Now available for purchase. Over 53,000 SF of office and warehouse space………Will be vacated within the next 120 days.’ Well those 120 days are just about up, so we decided to gather six current and former Dispatch/Argus photographers to take a hilarious and heartfelt trip down memory lane about life at 1720.

As for our new home, the Jefferson’s theme said it best – “Well we’re movin’ on up to the east side.”  We will be moving into a beautiful new building just down the road in East Moline. But before we go forward, we take a look back. We hope you in enjoy the show. Our panel includes Todd Welvaert, John Greenwood, Gary Krambeck, Paul Colletti, Todd Mizener and on the phone from Kansas City, Dan Videtich.


He broke the internet and survived

Our guest this week is Kyle Grantham, the National Press Photographers Association clip contest chairman. In addition to giving us an inside look at the monthly clip contest, Kyle weaves some great stories from his days as a photojournalist in Delaware, Indiana and Wyoming.  Tune into the podcast and find out what body part freezes first when it is -27 degrees in Casper, Wyoming and much, much more.


My old friend Betty

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.(Photo by Todd Mizener /

During the course of your career you come across those unique characters on assignment that just stick with you. 100-year-old Betty Sample is one of those people for me. This week’s podcast is about Betty and the portrait I shot in honor of her 100th birthday. It’s only 8-minutes, so please take some time to give it a listen.

Talking Pictures Podcast: Betty Sample – My Old Friend


Some stories stick with you forever

Some of the stories you tell end up sticking with you forever. They echo in your heart. They  drift into your consciousness when you don’t expect it.  I think this is one of those stories.



A sensory vacation


Day 1: Morning dew in our neighbor’s front yard

One of the keys to being a good photographer is having a never-ending curiosity.

If you lack curiosity you will perish. Obviously, this is a mantra extends far beyond the world of photography but you get my point. If you only see images as they present themselves on the surface, your work will become stale and uninteresting. You need to challenge yourself everyday to be better, look deeper and get out of your comfort zone.

You never know when a visual challenge is going to come your way. I certainly didn’t expect to have one tossed at me while I was off work for a week. So when my friend, and fellow photographer Joe Murphy, tagged me in one of those Facebook ‘Photo A Day’ challenges last week I decided to push all my cards on to the table and try hard to make really good images. The subject of the challenge was “nature.” My only problem seemed to be that I was on a “stay-cation” doing nothing but lawn work, home repairs, running my dogs to the vet and working on organizing my photo archive. I had no real plans to get out into “nature”. But since I love a challenge I had to explore the nature around me with a new set of eyes.

From the first image to the last I think I made 8 pretty decent images. The first two are probably the strongest. They also got the biggest reactions on social media for whatever that is worth.

As part of the challenge I had to nominate another person to do the challenge each day I posted a photo. I ended up picking a nice of mix of professional and amateur  photographers/nature lovers. The end result was two weeks of wonderful and relaxing images filling my Facebook feed.  For some reason I didn’t see that consequence coming, so it was a very pleasant surprise.  And now that the flow of images is starting to slow to a trickle, my feed is back to memes and  angry posts about the President.

Who knew that a  random photo-challenge on Facebook would result in a sensory vacation for my soul? Thanks Joe.


Day 2: Rainy afternoon.

Day 2: Rainy afternoon.


Day 3: Fallen blossom in morning light.


Day 4: ‘Interloper’.


Day 5: Actually this isn’t the photo I posted of my dog Ivy, but it’s from the same time period. Upon further review I like it better.


Day 6: “Take-off”


Day 7: Colorful blooms


Day 8: Even though I am off the hook for anymore Nature Photos. On Day 8 couldn’t resist the contrast this morning on our deck. Someday we will get a new deck but until then I will enjoy the aging wood below my feet while I sip my coffee.