2014 Year in Review
13% SALT has grown beyond what I could have ever imagined. Who would have thought that more than 30,000 people would come to a site that only publishes content once a week?
Hopefully, there have been at least a few meaningful stories that have touched you and made you feel like Utah was a special place. For me, it's felt a love letter to a landscape and a people I never thought I would have fallen in love with seven years ago.
By the numbers, 13% SALT published 48 stories covering the modern pioneers, subcultures, communities, and places that make Utah unique. It's been a grand old ride. I wish I could recap all of the stories and let you go behind the scenes of every photograph, but, alas, here are but a few of my favorites from the year:
Utah's Best Cocktails was the most viewed story, and the most shared on social media, from 2014. I guess Utahns are a pretty thirsty bunch.
I try not to get on a soapbox, but sometimes I just can't help, especially when it comes to clean, healthy air. So, I convinced three of the Inversion's Worst Enemies, the leading voices in the fight for clean air, to pose for me. I like to think that art, and by extension photography, can have an impact on this life for the better.
One of the primary ideas for launching 13% SALT was to make more avenues for me to create artistic portraits. As a writer before a photographer, 13% SALT, in general, can be an effort of self restraint (word-wise). So I want to make photos that can tell a story without much beyond a long caption. Here, Beer Pioneer Greg Schirf opens up a case of the beer he has fought hard to brew in Utah. The reward speaks for itself.
But a photo journal wouldn't be a photo journal with just creative portraiture alone, so I've tried to have a nice mix with stories featuring editorial photojournalism. Above, the Inspirational Choir sings on Sunday at the Calvary Baptist Church before Pastor France Davis addresses the congregation.
Oh, the places you'll go ... for a story. I drove down to Payson, Utah, for the annual Payson Salmon Supper, a benefit hosted by the local fire department. This sweet slice of Americana has been smokin’ for 60 years.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how much I love to tell the stories of Salt Lake City's subcultures. I think this little town is all the more vibrant for eclectic casts that do their thing. I had the chance to follow around Real-Life Superheroes for an evening, and I was inspired by their good deeds. And, of course, their costumes made for some great photos.
Photographer and award-winning journalist Austen Diamond specializes in creative portraiture, commercial photography and editorial photojournalism. For booking inquiries and to view his portfolio, go to www.AustenDiamond.com.