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"Thank you for visiting my page hope you will enjoy the photos and stories I tell here." - John A. Carlos II

I'm a photojournalist, living in Columbia, SC. I'm an avid soccer fan aka real football, a lover of BBQ, and a #beer connoisseur. Join me on my photographic ramblings.

Dodged & Burned:

A PhotoBlog by Columbia, SC photojournalist John A. Carlos II 

A Month-In-Photos: October 2018

November 1, 2018

A selection of some of my best photos taken in October 2018. This month brought me life's highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I lost my friend, Laurin Bank to cancer, I really wish I would've had more time to get to know her. Her spirit in her fight has given me a blueprint on how to live a life without regret, she will be missed by all. I was honored to be the photographer at Kassy Alia and Mitch Ray's wedding, I wish them well in the next chapter of their lives.

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Team USA's Red Vs. White game held on September 5, 2018 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC.<br />
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John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

A Month-In-Photos: September 2018

October 15, 2018

A selection of some of my best photos taken in September 2018. I've been extremely active this month which is a good thing. I got to photograph a bunch of differing assignments this past month. I'm excited to see what October will bring my way, but it's always cool looking back on last months images.

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A Month-In-Photos: August 2018

September 4, 2018

A selection of some of my best photos taken in August 2018. By being more active I've been able to push past the mental hurdles that have been plaguing me for the past couple of months. I had a lot of variety in my assignments this past month, I believe that this helped push me to create some good work.

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A Month-In-Photos: July 2018

August 13, 2018

A selection of some of my best photos taken in July 2018. It has been a very busy month for me... not that I'm complaining, I like having things to do. I believe I'm having a creative block lately, I haven't been super happy about what I've been able to create. I guess I'm growing as a creative, I believe I'm going through a growth spurt, it's not the first time this has happened in my life.  

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A Month-In-Photos: June 2018

July 1, 2018

A selection of some of my best photos taken in June 2018. "I'm increasingly becoming disillusioned with the state of affairs of the body politic. I've never been afraid to do my job, I've always tried to cover a story a story in a fair and unbias way. After the horrific shooting at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland,  where a gunman opened fire into the newsroom leaving five people dead. Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, and Wendi Winters. I can't help but think the current climate had something to with pushing gunman over the edge."

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Serving Up Connections

March 20, 2018

Two years ago, Kassy Alia founded Heroes In Blue, after the tragic death of her husband, Greg Alia a Forest Acres police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sept. 30, 2015. Heroes In Blue was created to honor officers in ways big and small for their service. On Monday the organization announced a new direction, “I have seen glimmers of the world that I hope for. A world that is not divided, but connected over shared humanity.”

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Catching A Tiger!

March 9, 2018

Sorry for the lateness of this post, it's been almost a week since I photographed the South Carolina, Clemson baseball game. This was also the first time capturing images at Founders Park, but not my first time covering baseball, in fact, out of all the sports baseball, is the one that I've covered the most, which doesn't mean I'm good at it. 

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I Can Check This

February 23, 2018

Out of the blue a friend of mine text me, the text was simple and to the point, the post read  "do you want to photograph the South Carolina Vs. Clemson game tomorrow night at 9 pm" my response in my head was "F" Ya!!! " After seeming endless flurry of texts back and forth, "I said see there."

What followed was an unexpected night of debauchery that couldn't be captured... The raucous crowd threw insults, in all directions and on all sides.

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First Down!

February 22, 2018

At the start of 2017, I had only ever photographed sports five times. I had a lot of first in one year, first time photographing at Williams-Brice Stadium, for me capturing sports was a fun challenge, I was no stranger to capturing fast motion, but the atmosphere was something I had to overcome.

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