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John A. Carlos II

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I'm a photojournalist, an avid soccer fan aka: real football, lover of BBQ, and a #beer connoisseur. My mission is to enrich the world through photography. I aim to capture all the extraordinary, spontaneous moments of life with an artistic style and skillful touch. Through my artistry I want to tell the story of the world around me.


Dodged & Burned:

A PhotoBlog by Columbia SC photojournalist John A. Carlos II 


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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Sacking of Columbia

February 17, 2018

February 17, marked 153 years since, the soldiers from Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army sacked the city of Columbia, leaving a charred city in their wake. Sherman claimed that the raging fires were started by evacuating Confederates and fanned by high winds. He later wrote: “Though I never ordered it and never wished it, I have never shed any tears over the event, because I believe that it hastened what we all fought for, the end of the War.”


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Don't Drill Our Coast

February 14, 2018


Anti-drilling rally draws a few hundred to South Carolina Statehouse steps. Top law makers in South Carolina took turns criticizing, the president for pushing to open nearly all the coastal areas in the United States, despite wide opposition.



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