Morton’s freedom spawns busy dayOctober 5th, 2011 at 2:22 pm by Ed Zavala under Photo/Video
Sometimes stories come around that are truly one of a kind in a photojournalist’s realm of experiences. Yesterday’s Michael Morton bond hearing in Williamson County was just such a story for me. Watching a man gain his freedom after nearly 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit was a rare opportunity. Even seasoned photogs like myself drop their “seen it all” attitude and admit to the emotion of the event. Hearing the judge set Michael free, watching him exhale repeatedly in disbelief, and finally succumbing to the poignant picture of him hugging his mother all made for highlights of a truly long and busy day. Behind the scenes, the media’s work diligently and quietly moves along to a mutual end. What starts as organized work spaces soon morphs into an organized chaos of twisted cables and tripod spaces all in search of that singular shot . “Mark your spot, watch your step, and stay out of my shot!” is the shared mantra! These pics hopefully will give you a hint of the activity behind the lens and the energy in the room. Professionally, days like this are ultimately rewarding for a variety of reasons, especially when you make slot. Personally, it makes you count your blessings.