ajchavar

AJ Chavar
Chief Innovation Officer

Currently based in Syracuse, NY, I am visual and interactive journalist with a background in photography, video, print and web design. Most recently I finished an internship for The Star-Ledger as a videographer, but I also gained experience at The Washington Post as a multimedia intern, and at SKI Magazine as a photo editing intern. I am available for contracts in any nature of work, from advertising to editorial to documentary.

STORIES
This is Our Freedom
A Personal War, at Home
Veteran Gallery

A message for ...

Photo by Juliette Lynch

Three months have passed since we posted our stories and folded up the tents. We've gotten a lot of great feedback and some good exposure, and we thank everyone who took the time to click on our work.

We've all moved on to other things now – internships, jobs, finishing up degrees and starting toward new ones. As our time in the woods of Washington fades into memory, though, it's hard to forget the personal stories we heard from the men and women who have served our country.

All good things ...

All of us with our K Diamond K friends!

Well, last week we packed up and moved out of the K Diamond K bunkhouse, where we had been living for nearly seven weeks. 

Now we're back in Syracuse, working in a windowless, fluorescent-lit room in Newhouse. Don't get me wrong, the computer labs at the university are fantastic, but nothing compares to working in a window-filled room surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscapes.

Capturing the land

Ken Harper shoots a forest road at dusk. Photo by David Miller

Today is our last full day in the woods of Washington state.  In thinking about how much I'll miss this beautiful place, I'm happy that we've spent so much of the last week really appreciating our surroundings. In creating our piece about the land, no seemingly impossible scenario or shot idea has stopped us from getting some beautiful footage.

Timelapse: 24 ...

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In this video watch 24 hours unfold in 60 seconds, shot from the view out the window of the Syracuse News21 Bunkhouse in Republic, WA.

All in the Family

The Starkel/Thornton Family. Photo by: AJ Chavar

We had a lengthy portrait session the other day with Jared's family, but it was nice to get some shots for them to have as keepsakes besides the standard photojournalistic images I have taken. Ultimately they'll be getting CDs (and hopefully prints) of the work we've done on the family, and I thought some portraits could both add to the coverage we are doing, and be a nice way to say "thank you" to them for letting us into their lives so easily and so frequently!

Left: Jared and Clark; Middle: Katy and Ashleigh; Right: Cassie and Garryn