One-Day Photo Story

Volunteers prepare to take off from the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

Volunteers prepare to take off from the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

A father and his two children watch as others approach their boat at the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

A father and his two children watch as others approach their boat at the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

Bags of trash collected from the Missouri River sit on the bank at the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

Bags of trash collected from the Missouri River sit on the bank at the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

Two young volunteers wait for their boat at the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

Two young volunteers wait for their boat at the Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

Joan Read examines an animal skeleton at the River Festival in Boonville, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.  Volunteers could submit strange findings from the Missouri River River Relief Clean-Up for prizes.

Joan Read examines an animal skeleton at the River Festival in Boonville, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Volunteers could submit strange findings from the Missouri River River Relief Clean-Up for prizes.

A boat operator gives his boat of volunteers directions for the River Clean-Up at Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on the Missouri River. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

A boat operator gives his boat of volunteers directions for the River Clean-Up at Franklin Island Conservation Area boat ramp on the Missouri River. Adults and children alike volunteered their time to clean up different areas of the Missouri River around Boonville, Mo.

Paul Davis picks up an old bottle found in the Missouri River by a volunteer at the Missouri River Relief Clean-Up Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Boonville, Mo. Volunteers could submit strange trash they found in the river for prizes.

Paul Davis picks up an old bottle found in the Missouri River by a volunteer at the Missouri River Relief Clean-Up Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Boonville, Mo. Volunteers could submit strange trash they found in the river for prizes.

Paul Davis demonstrates the use of a comb and full bottle of hairspray at the Missouri River Relief Clean-Up Festival in Boonville, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.  The items were submitted in the "Most Fashionable" category of strange items found by volunteers while they were cleaning the Missouri River.

Paul Davis demonstrates the use of a comb and full bottle of hairspray at the Missouri River Relief Clean-Up Festival in Boonville, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The items were submitted in the “Most Fashionable” category of strange items found by volunteers while they were cleaning the Missouri River.

This is my final edit for the Missouri River Relief Clean-Up and Festival. I found it a bit more difficult to photograph than I had thought initially. It can be difficult to find focus at a festival. Since the group of volunteers was constantly changing as groups were getting in different boats it was difficult to get names or to get them to spell them to me. A couple people didn’t want their names or their children’s names to be published anywhere, but were okay with me taking photos as long as they weren’t identified.

As an art photographer that’s not really an issue, as long as you have their permission you don’t necessarily need their name. But if you’re working for a publication, names are pretty necessary to run an image of someone. There are only a few, very extreme exceptions that rarely happen. In the future I suppose if I’m shooting for a journalistic publication I’ll make sure I don’t use images without names, and try not to photograph people before getting their permission and proper spelling of their names.

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