I am a newspaper photographer for The Meadville Tribune(Pa.). I recent began posting photos from my work at this 12,000 circulation paper in Northwestern Pennsylvania at http://richardsayermeadvilletribune.weebly.com/index.html
These pictures are from my daily assignments. I do photograph local high school sports nearly everyday as well as other community events. Somedays I make good photographs, somedays I'm not overly thrilled with them. But I make photographs nearly everyday of my life.
Stills (older work)
Senior lap dance, 2009
Lady Lions win D-10, 1999
Heartbreak hotel, 2000
An Elvis impersonator and his assistant get ready at a nearby hotel for a show at Conneaut Lake Park.
Future hunter, 1998
Four years after this picture was taken I scanned in a photograph of this girl after shooting her first buck at 12 years old. Her dad had told me that she couldn't wait to be able to go hunting with her dad.
Mum has Alzheimer's, 2004
Louise Bolinger began showing signs of Alzheimer's Disease when she repeatedly asked her son George how many sandwiches he wanted for lunch. It progressed and progressed. Louise ended up moving out of her long time home, into an apartment near her son and eventually into her son's home. It continued to progress. Louise ended up living her final days under the care of what George Stabile, Louise son. called "Angels" at Wesbury United Methodist Community. This picture was taken when the Stabile's got together for their annual holiday photograph. They brought Louise along.
Last Day of Chemo, 2004
The car ride to Pittsburgh for her last chemotherapy treatment for Breast Cancer. "Oh...I don't want to do this." Sue said as she covered herself in a blanket and watched blur of trees pass by along I-79 heading south.
Able to leap tall adults.....2004
A halloween party at a local school, this is the sort of picture that at one time would make it to our front page, but it didn't even make it into the paper. I remember not being at all pleased with my take at this event, with the exception of this picture which I took as I was walking into the party.
Paul Pecunas 1998
"People stare at me all the time." – Paul Pecunas
Paul has Cerebral Palsy. He wears a helmet with a pointer on it that he uses to activate keys on a device called a Liberator, which uses a computerized voice to speak for him. He sometimes has fun programing the device with a female voice. He laughs when he does this.
Lil' miss snooty! 1999
I was walking around Townville Olde Home Days looking for pictures to use on a picture page we planned on running. I'd already photographed the parade and had several shots that I was proud of, I was sort of in the zone at this particular time as I was trying to shoot differently, more wide angle, including more of the life around my subjects, and it was starting to come together for me. When I was stopped and asked if I would take a picture of this one little queen, I really didn't expect a picture to come out of it. As I was writing her name down I kept my hand on my camera, actually using the camera as a surface to hold the notebook. When this girl reacted to someone going by I kinda shot from the hip. This is what I got and the innocent expression on the girl in the background contrasted nicely. I've photographed this Little Miss Strawberryfest again since this day and she is in fact a lovely little girl, though she's grown-up by now.
Parking nap time. 2000
This is one of my favorites, it came during a picnic that I was struggling with. Having trouble finding folks doing anything and everyone instantly became aware of the guy with a camera. As I was talking with the director of the county home hosting the picnic, I noticed this man dozing off near the handicapped sign. It wasn't my picture to tell the story of the event, but it was my picture, for sure, of the day.
Waiting to enter, Jimmy Moore party 2002
The barbershoppers always performed at the Jimmy Moore Party, I knew they would be coming on stage soon, but was surprised when I saw a couple of them looking on behind me to see what was happening on stage. I was also happy to have caught then with at least one frame as they were looking, before they noticed me with my camera.
BBQ Ball, 'Getting up a head of steam' 2001
Baseball can be a slow process to get a good shot. Action happens in a split second that sometimes takes an hour or so to happen. Sometimes it never happens. I was very happy when a runner got on first, took a lead and ended up in the proximity of the smoke coming from firing up the grill in the background. I tried my best to position myself and then managed to get lucky and snap at the right moment. I've tried to crop out the other people, but the picture seems to loose balance or the flow of the smoke.
Breathin' ain't! 2007
This swimmer began to have an asthma attack after competing in districts. I didn't intend to photograph her, for one she wasn't a local swimmer for our readers, and two, I didn't feel it was important for any story coming out of the event. She simply was having trouble catching her breath. When a teammate wearing a t-shirt with the team's motto on the back came over to offer support, I felt the scene changed and was a moment in life that should be captured. It was one of my favorite photos of 2007.
Sports is what I do mostly, 2008
This image I grabbed in February of 2008 won a first place regional clip in the NPPA clip contest. My picture doesn't come close to matching the intensity of this player, who always gave this kind of effort.
The jump serve, 2008
When sports writer Lisa Byers said she was thinking about doing a story about the increased use of the jump serve in high school boys volleyball, I started looking for photos to accompany her story. This was one of them.
Careful with those sheers!
This was a funny picture that came out of a not-so-nice story about a raid on a kennel. This dog was being cleaned up from all the matted and urine stained fur from living in a kennel that the law enforcement officials deemed as 'cruelty to animals' and shut down. I went along for the raid and recovery and then followed the animals back to the shelter where they were processed and cleaned up. I was tired and getting ready to leave when this all came about in front of me. We never ran this picture in the paper.
Below are images from a couple of portfolios put together in the past
Chapmanville Community Church
Working on an idea to document a week in the life of Venango County, I stopped by the Chapmanville Community Church on a Sunday morning and told them what I was doing and asked to hang out and take photos. While there Pastor Glen Van Cise told the congregation about how fellow member Linda Bossard had received some bad news earlier in the week, cancer. Van Cise asked for a moment of prayer and for members to reach out and lay their hands on Bossard in support.