Haiti's Earthquake

On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, leaving a death toll that Haiti's government puts at 316,000.  I traveled to Haiti for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in the days that followed the earthquake.  These are a few of my images. 

iPhone Moments of 2014

 Las Vegas, NV
 Las Vegas, NV
 Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA
 Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA
 Ocean City, NJ
 Ocean City, NJ
 South Side, Pittsburgh, PA
 Tony Hawk, Carnegie, PA
 Pittsburgh, PA
Ligonier, PA

A collection of some of my favorite iPhone photos from 2014. 

Moments from 2014

A man walks by a billboard in Simferopol, a city in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula on March 16, 2014, as voting on the referendum began to either join Russia or become an effectively independent state connected to Ukraine.
 A woman feeds the pigeons in Sevastopol, a city in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, on March 17, 2014, a day after Crimea’s referendum vote to join with Russia. 
 While saluting police officers, soldiers and veterans salute, a soldier is handed the remains of an unclaimed veteran from a hearse as another is presented with a U.S. flag during a ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil on Thursday.  Twenty-six unclaimed veterans, representing all branches except the Coast Guard, were buried with military honors.  The veterans were identified as part of The Missing in America Project, a national program, that identifies veteran remains.
 As thousands died during the widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, in the United States, the Ebola protective suit became a popular Halloween costume. On Pittsburgh's South Side, Janet Brunson of Penn Hills walks out of Spotlight Costumes where two versions of the suit were on display outside the store. 
 A cowboy fixes his hat as he enjoys a cigarette during the North Washington Rodeo in West Sunbury, PA.
 A woman watches from a bus as several thousand pro-Russia demonstrators march past her window from a rally at Lenin Square towards Donetsk's regional administration building in Ukraine on March 23, 2014.
 Dean McMillen, 84, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean conflict, rides on a motorcycle in the Veteran's Day parade in Butler, PA on Nov. 11, 2014.
 Slim Forsythe, 58, plays his guitar in front of Nieds Hotel, where he lives and performs, in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, Sept. 2, 2014.  Forsythe who works in the city's budget office has lived a colorful life, having worked as a lawyer, a self-published author, a volunteer at Mother Teresa's House of the Dying in Calcutta, an anti-nuke protester, a school bus driver, and many other endeavors.  On Aug. 29 Forsythe was inducted into the America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Iowa.
 A.J. Jakub, the father of Serenity Jakub, 3, one of six victims of a deadly fire in McKeesport, PA breaks down in tears as he tries to speak at a candlelight vigil in front of the home.
A woman looks over a memorial at one of the blockaded entrances to Kiev's Maidan, Independence Square on March 10, 2014.

These are some of my personal favorite images from 2014.  As a photojournalist, one must be present not only for the grand moments of life, but also the dark and lonely ones. The images that I chose are ones that I hold closely for my own personal reasons, some, for the moment that I was privileged to be part of, others for their aesthetics or the experience I had in making them, and yet others for the subjects I have had the pleasure of meeting. I take no joy in pressing my lens into tragedy or sorrow, but recognize and understand the importance of cameras in those moments.  I’ve been fortunate not only in 2014, but throughout my career to see with my own eyes so much. I look forward to the year ahead and all that falls before my lens. Happy New Year!

Veteran's Day

Dean McMillen, 84, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean conflict, rides on a motorcycle in the  Veteran's Day parade in Butler, PA on Nov. 11, 2014.
Alex Ditch, 9, stands along the parade route dressed in his father's Marine coat during the veteran's parade in Pittsburgh on Nov. 8, 2014.
A young boy holds his flag as he rides along the Veteran's Day parade route.
Dean McMillen, 84, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean conflict, sits at the Veteran's Day service at the Butler VA Healthcare in Butler, PA on Nov. 11, 2014.
Members of the Marine Corp League's Bantam Jeep Detachment #743 perform a twenty-one gun salute at the Veteran's Day service at the Butler VA Healthcare.
United States Marine Corp veteran Larry Heade, 78, of Saxonburg salutes as the color guard presents the colors during the Veteran's Day service at the Butler VA Healthcare in Butler, PA.

Thumbs Up!

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Detective Jerry Kabala gets a thumbs up from his daughter, Ryleigh, 4, as he sits with his wife, Shannon, at the Law Enforcement Agency Directors (LEAD) Award for Outstanding Performance in Law Enforcement awards on Nov. 7, 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh's Barco Law School Building in Oakland.  Detective Kabala was recognized for his work in operation 'Dukes of Hazard', an investigation of a violent drug distribution ring operating in Duquesne.

Mummify the Teacher

Members of the North Hills Middle School's Service Club cover their teacher, Zach Skrinjar, with toilet paper as part of a fundraiser on October 31, 2014.  "Mummify the Teacher," raised money for Beverly's Birthdays, a nonprofit organization that provides birthday parties for children who live in homeless shelters in the Pittsburgh area.

Watching the Pens

Hunter Kramer, 3, watches the Pittsburgh Penguins game on his father, Brent's lap at their Carnegie home on Thursday, October 30, 2014 . Hunter who is physically and visually impaired responds to hockey because of the stark contrast of colors (dark shapes on white ice).
Hunter Kramer, 3, watches the Pittsburgh Penguins game as his mother, Beth sits alongside of him. Click here to read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story about Hunter.

President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at an event for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf at the IBEW union hall on the South Side on October 27, 2014. 

A Special Heartbeat

Valerie Sinclair of Elkhart, Indiana listens to her daughter, Da'Jeianna's heart that now beats in transplant recipient Dalton Igoe, 17, of Altoona's chest, during their first meeting at Sheraton Station Square on the South Side on Monday evening, October 20, 2014.  Da'Jeianna was killed at the age of 12 and her organs were donated to several individuals.  Igoe, who had been on the transplant list, received the heart on May 19, 2012.

Trick or Treat

Janet Brunson of Penn Hills passes mannequins donning Ebola protective suits as she leaves Spotlight Costumes on the South Side on Monday afternoon, October 20, 2014. 

Candlelight Vigil

A.J. Jakub, the father of Serenity Jakub, 3, one of the six victims of McKeesport's deadly fire on Saturday morning, breaks down in tears as he tries to speak at a candlelight vigil on Sunday evening in front of the home in McKeesport.
Jonetta Meekins, 15, right, consoles her friend, Danielle Haas, 17, at a vigil on Sunday evening for the victims of a fatal fire in McKeesport that took the lives of Haas' aunt and cousins.  The fire that broke out Saturday morning claimed the lives of six people and injured another. 
Rebecca Brydges cries during the candlelight vigil.  Brydges fiancĂ©, A.J. Jakub, lost his daughter in the fire.
A memorial sits in front of the home where a fire took the lives of six people in McKeesport. Ronald Egenlauf Sr., 55; his daughter-in-law, Hope Jordan, 27; and Jordan's children Dominic Jordan, 7, Autumn Jordan, 6, Serenity Jakub, 3, and Victoria Jordan, 2, died of acute smoke and fume inhalation when fire engulfed their home in the 300 block of Express Alley on Saturday morning, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. 
To read more about the moving vigil visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Tribune-Review, has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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