Friday, June 16, 2006

Shingled out

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Jody Reho with Reho Reconstruction of Beaumont works on the tile roof of Larry Groeger in the Old Town neighborhood of Beaumont on Wednesday, May 10, 2006. Many of the neighborhood homes suffered roof damage during Hurricane Rita.

Jody Reho works on a tile roof in the Old Town neighborhood. Traditional roof tiles made of cement or stone are no longer manufactured. Replacement tiles are extremely expensive when they are located.

A roof finial awaits replacement at the home of Larry Groeger in the Old Town neighborhood. Many neighborhood home owners have requested permission from the Historic Landmark Commission to change from traditional roofs to composition shingle roofs (background).

Please read "Broken roof tiles, slate can break bank" by Jennifer Avilla.

Incidentally, Reho is the sibling of Jessica Reho.


Robby Barthelmess said...


I just wanted to thank you for creating this blog. I've been checking in on it as much as I can. I am a 16 year old high school student and I want to be a photojournalist. Your photos and thoughts have helped me tremendously. I have been interning with our local news paper and I have been having the best time of my life. Thanks for doing what you do.

I did also have a question for you. I have to start looking into colleges next year and I was wondering what your views on photography schools are. I live in Santa Barbara, so Brooks is very close. I have found that just working with the paper and studying on my own is very productive. I want to work for the AP one day, and I was just curious. That would be really great if you could let me know what you think, I know your busy, so if you can't respond don't worry about it.

Thanks Again,

Mark M. Hancock said...

I don't prefer to give long answers in the comments sections, but I couldn't find an e-mail address on your sites.

The most important issue is to get a bachelors or higher degree (any degree). Yes, the learning curve is much faster during an internship, but the deeper, fundamental knowledge of photography comes from course critique and study. Most importantly, without a four-year degree (in any major), your options are extremely limited.

Brooks recruiters recently got in trouble for some of their practices. Be careful there. They produce quality shooters, but RIT, Western Kentucky and even U Texas have better recent track records.

If you can get a significant scholarship to any university, use it. The student makes the education - not the university. A committed, driven, passionate, tenacious student does well at any university.

If no scholarships are offered, the wisest plan is to get an associates degree from a community college and then transfer to a four-year university. All four-year universities require the same core classes as community colleges offer. Community colleges offer these courses at a tremendous savings and more personal contact with professors.

This allows you to get the best equipment, to arrange transfer scholarships and provides time to find your own vision and direction before committing to the most important two years of education.

The down side of this plan is lost networking time. However, this too can be overcome by smart students.