With the city reorganizing their efforts online for the digital age, I had the opportunity to work with various organizations in Ottumwa all working towards a common goal: promote a more positive image of the city. Whether to encourage employers, tourists, or simply drive a more positive public opinion, there are multitudes of people working hard to make Ottumwa a better place to live. One tool of choice is of course, photography. In January of 2016 I began work with the Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Economic Development Corporation, Main Street Ottumwa, and the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce on a massive photography project. In need of an updated repository of images, we set out to find all of the things that make Ottumwa and Wapello County great. Working with each faction of the group individually, I help strategize individualized plans to help meet their goals. From landscapes and city-wide events to portraits and long exposure shots, the collection is a vibrant representation of a town making a comeback - a place we are all proud to call home.
RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) is undoubtedly the largest, most uniquely Iowan event to happen each year in the state; excluding of course the greatest state fair in the country, the Iowa State Fair. With so many improvements since the organization's last overnight in Ottumwa, local leadership knew that hosting RAGBRAI would be the perfect opportunity to leave a lasting "first impression" on so many new visitors. To help rally anticipation for the event, the Ottumwa RAGBRAI committee wanted something that would grab both resident's and visitor's attention by showcasing the community in a unique way. The result? An in-your-face hyperlapse video, featuring many of the city's iconic landmarks. The entire video is made of more than 2,000 individual photographs, helping to give a unique sense of space, movement, and energy.
To view the entire collection, tap the images below. Most images are available for licensing - contact me for details.
Enjoy some samples below - just please don't take them.
To learn more about the various clients in the City of Ottumwa, click on their names below.