Reuters photos of the year.

Happy holidays and happy new year.  Here are some of Reuters' best of 2011.

 REUTERS/Jason Lee

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 

 REUTERS/Anis Mili

 REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Please go to this link to see all 100 images, behind-the-scene comments by the photographers and even camera settings used to make the image.  


Les Misérables

My friend Jordan Caress directed and performed in a rock concert of Les Misérables at the Mercy Lounge this past week.  It was really cool and I thank Jordan for letting me in to photograph this awesome rendition of the musical.

More on my Flickr.  
You can also scroll down on the sidebar to see a link to my photostream 

Photos ©2011 Martin B. Cherry


Found Image: Xmas Tree Lighting

Three years ago while working at The Journal, I was fortunate to cover the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the White House.  You can read the article here.

Yep, that's George and Laura Bush.

This was a really cool event to cover.  It's a great opportunity to photograph a President, which doesn't come everyday.

images ©2011 journal-news.net. 


Another New Video!

Well New-ish.  I shot this with Nessa Kessinger back in 2009 in Austin, Texas.  She edited and posted her version soon after the shoot.  You can see it here.  I've been wanting to do my mix, but never got around to it until now.  Here it is finally;  Enjoy!

Nessa from Martin Cherry on Vimeo.


New Video!

I shot this with my friend Jason in Guangzhou, China.  It was this massive fishing dock behind our hotel.  it was bustling all night and day.  It's a bunch of raw clips edited together; pretty simple edit.


Warning:  It may make you queazy!

Guangzhou Fishing Dock from Martin Cherry on Vimeo.


Video of the Week: NASA

This is the second time NASA made it for VotW.  It's kinda unfair since they can shoot where no other photographer can shoot.  Enjoy!  Watch in HD, full-screen if you can.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Photographer of the Month: Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark is street photographer who inspired my photography in college.  Her revealing, uncropped images were an inspiration for me as a photojournalist.  I never liked cropping my images too much.  I shoot for what I wanted in the camera rather in the computer.

I believe in today's world of iPhones and camera-phones, everyone does some form of street photography now.  Usually for humor, cuteness, updates of their own life or news, but Mark's photograph's are deeper than that.  They are reminiscent of paintings of realsim in the 1850's.  Like she explains in the video, it reveals truth.  Mary Hellen Mark is the modern day realism artist.

(via New Yorker Magazine)


Recent Work....

I've received a few gigs from the Nashville Scene recently.  Check them out!

Amazing story you can read here

Great article by Jonathan Meador (pictured) 

Read it here

Both stories were amazing and exciting to cover.  Thank you to the editors and reporters of SouthComm/ Nashville Scene.  



Found Image: Back to China

I go back to my external hard drives or even negatives and find old images that I have never edited or posted on this blog.

It's been about a year since I traveled to China.  I went back to my external HD of my China pics and vids.  Here are some I found that didn't noticed before.

 morning tea in Dali

 Woodworkers tools in Dali

 Feeding birds at Erhai Lake

 Lots of birds

 Restaurant manager in Lijiang 

Waterfalls at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

All Photos ©2011 Martin B. Cherry.


Tell Tale Nights Album Art

Product shots of the new album of Tell-Tale Nights.  Images provided by yours truly!

Peep my flickr to see more shots from this shoot from earlier this year.

image from Tell-Tale Nights




Video of the Week: Alles Neu

by German rapper, Peter Fox.  I first saw this a few years back when Kanye West had an awesome blog.  It's an amazing video that is fun to watch. Enjoy.

Cool Photographer: Sebastian Mlynarski

Sebastian Mlynarski is an awesome photographer that caught my eye when I saw this album cover for Cold Cave's Cherish the Light Years.

This photograph (on right) of band member Jenifer Clavin is nearly perfect I believe.  The smoothness of the shades of gray throughout the photograph, but it has great contrast. Her eye is so well lit but has that great texture of the shadow from her knitted hood.  Very classical, dark and beautiful.  The flowers I think give it that classical painting look to the composition.

Mlynarski has many other great photos on his website.  Also check out his personal work. He has also done music videos which is a major plus in my book.

image from www.mlynarski.net


Clio Sylvia

My new niece.  She was born last Saturday.  This was shot the next day. Congratulations Mark, Emooke and Ophelia.

image ©2011 Martin B. Cherry


Beach Week 2011: Rehoboth Beach

I've been out.  My friends and I headed out to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  It was a really cool place.  We were a short walking distance from the beach, boardwalk, downtown and plenty of nice restaurants.  Thank you Jamie and Katie for setting this up for all of us.

image(s) ©2011 by Martin B. Cherry.


Beach Week 2010: OBX

Im in D.C. getting ready to go to Rehoboth Beach, DE for a week. Last year, my friends and I went to the Outer Banks, NC. It was a blast, but I never got around posting the photo from the trip.... until now.

I will posting images to my flickr shortly.

photo ©2011 by Martin B. Cherry


Found Image

I found this image of mine from my old Journal days.

It's a photograph covering Farm Days.  Where farmers basically have an open house for families who rarely seen the inner workings of farms (i.e. farm life, where their food comes from).  I tagged along with the cute family. I was able to capture this nice image of them at this moment where they were alone together; enjoying the view and country air.

Image © 2011 Journal-news.net.



After seeing a taping of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" at TPAC.  I saw a large orange glow from a distance with a huge plume of white smoke. Naturally, I drove to the fire to see what happened. Luckily, I had my camera gear in my car.  

You can see more about the fire here

And see more images here.

photo © 2011 by Martin B. Cherry


Video of the Week: Splitscreen

Splitscreen by JW Griffiths.  Shot completely on an Nokia N8 phone.  Which is weird.  If only my nokia was as good as a phone as the N8 shoot movies.

Splitscreen: A Love Story from JW Griffiths on Vimeo.


Zarna II

I photographed my friend Zarna again for a themed shoot this time.  I had my eye to photograph this seedy hotel in Nashville.  It was a cheap hotel that looked very shady, but had beautiful teal railings with yellow speckled walls.  I thought it would be a great place to do a shoot with her.  You can see more on my flickr.

Thanks again Zarna.

photo ©2011 Martin B. Cherry 


Video of the Week: The Greeks

"Is Tropical" by the Greeks is an awesome video representing of a boy's imagination, super gory fun.  The video is directed by Megaforce.  Who also directed a 'Video of Week' pick, Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness."

IS TROPICAL - THE GREEKS (official music video) from EL NINO on Vimeo.


Windy City

 I visited Chicago for the first time a couple weeks ago.  Amanda and I had such an amazing time.  We booked a great hotel, went shopping, ate a ton of food.  The Chicago weather did damper the photographic experience.  A cold snap came by and gave us rain, 40 degree weather and, of course, WIND.  Here are some of the snapshots I did take while at Second City.  

Images © 2011 by Martin B. Cherry.

You can see more photos on my Flickr.  



My friend Jenilee Thorton.

More photos here.

photos by Martin B. Cherry ©2011


Barbara Fritchie Restaurant

I drove Frederick, MD last week for a wedding.  One of my friends suggest that we get brunch at this old diner with a candy cane sign.  I had to check it out.  It was fun little spot in Frederick.  

Images ©2011 Martin B. Cherry


Hong Kong Honey

I found this amazing video about a bee keeper in Hong Kong.  Watch, enjoy!

Nokia - HK Honey from The Silentlights on Vimeo.

Directed by Kiku Ohe

(via Fubiz)



I photographed my friend Zarna. She's a popular fashion blogger in Nashville. I wanted to contribute to her awesome website. Check out her blog, it's pretty awesome.

More pics on my flickr.

photos © 2011 by Martin B. Cherry



I photograph my gorgeous friend Jael last fall. here are a few pics from that shoot. Peep my flickr for more pics!

photos by Martin B. Cherry © 2011.


Last Doughboy

Frank Buckles, the last surviving World War I U.S. veteran, passed away last night. I had the privilege of photographing Mr. Buckles several times during my times at The Journal.

Buckles lived in a gorgeous home outside of Charles Town, WV. He was one of the most fascinating person I have ever photographed.

This is a shot when, then, Governor Joe Manchin honored Buckles at his home in 2007.


Tell Tale Nights

Photo ©2011 by Martin B. Cherry

I recently photographed nashville indie rock band Tale Tell Nights. We had a lot of fun shooting together at a small park in nashville. The location was perfect for the band. Tell Tale were awesome for bringing props, dressing well and knowing how to pose. They blended perfectly with Sunnyside, a 1852 restored house at the park.

More photos will be posted on my flickr this weekend.


New Video! Contra Dancing

New video project completed. I wanted to do a more journalistic style video; using ambient audio and music.

I shot this with my friend's sony HD handicam. Videography or video journalism has been a style I have been wanting to explore. I really enjoyed doing this. I cant wait to explore this more often. Next time, I'll use a DSLR ( more control, better color correction and overall quality) and have more quotes. I realize the challenge of finding good quotes, it's the foundation of a story.

I'll post more videos from china in it's same theme to music, but i will also post some raw videos from the trip and other mini vids using ambient audio.