First month in Watertown

Well, it's officially been one month since I started my first post-grad job as a staff photographer at the Watertown Daily Times. Crazy how time flies, huh? Looking back, it's kind of insane that I just picked up my entire life and moved six hours north within two weeks of getting this job, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I'm so lucky to be able to follow my dreams as a working photojournalist while also getting to explore a new part of the country. Documenting the North Country community has proved a challenge, but a rewarding one at that. I'm from the city; I'm used to a fast-paced and crowded life. Moving to Northern New York has forced me to slow down, take a look around and observe the smaller moments that are happening around me, which I feel has shown itself in my most recent work. Take a look at some of my favorite images from my first month here in Watertown:

Heads up: after this post I'm going to be doing a week in photos post here, so make sure to check back to see my latest work!

 People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

 Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

 Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

 Victoria Agney, 11, does a cannon ball at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

Victoria Agney, 11, does a cannon ball at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

 People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

 People relax in beach chairs at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Monday, July 2, 2018. 

People relax in beach chairs at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Monday, July 2, 2018. 

 Emma Rivera (right), 3, stands on a picnic table covered in sunscreen at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Emma Rivera (right), 3, stands on a picnic table covered in sunscreen at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Monday, July 2, 2018.

 Cassie Spencer (right), 11, and her sister Lillian (left), 8, blow bubbles in Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

Cassie Spencer (right), 11, and her sister Lillian (left), 8, blow bubbles in Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 People sit on the lawn at Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

People sit on the lawn at Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

 Jerry S. Merrill, right, watches as Bailey Nichols, left, 6, carves cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

Jerry S. Merrill, right, watches as Bailey Nichols, left, 6, carves cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

 Jerry S. Merrill carves cat faces into a block of cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

Jerry S. Merrill carves cat faces into a block of cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Watertown Red and Black semi-pro player Tony Ivey (77), bottom, lifts Connor Brown (44), top, into the air after he scores a touchdown on Saturday, July 7, 2018 during the Red and Black's game against the Auburn Pride at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, New York. 

Watertown Red and Black semi-pro player Tony Ivey (77), bottom, lifts Connor Brown (44), top, into the air after he scores a touchdown on Saturday, July 7, 2018 during the Red and Black's game against the Auburn Pride at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, New York. 

 Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

 Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

 Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

 A performer stretches on stage during a rehearsal of  A Chorus Line  on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York.

A performer stretches on stage during a rehearsal of A Chorus Line on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York.

 Performers dance on stage during a rehearsal of  A Chorus Line  on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York.

Performers dance on stage during a rehearsal of A Chorus Line on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York.

 Minnows used as baitfish sit in a net after being scooped out of their tank on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Clayton's Bait Shop in Clayton, New York. 

Minnows used as baitfish sit in a net after being scooped out of their tank on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Clayton's Bait Shop in Clayton, New York. 

 Aurora Lilliana Nyx McEwan, better known as Mermaid Liiliana, shows off her mermaid fin in the water at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Friday, July 13, 2018. 

Aurora Lilliana Nyx McEwan, better known as Mermaid Liiliana, shows off her mermaid fin in the water at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Friday, July 13, 2018. 

 A woman leans on the Black River Stage and shows off her tattoo while waiting for a local band to take the stage on at the Brew York Music Festival at Maggie's on the River in Watertown, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

A woman leans on the Black River Stage and shows off her tattoo while waiting for a local band to take the stage on at the Brew York Music Festival at Maggie's on the River in Watertown, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

 Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

 Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

 Matt Jergens balances on a table while juggling pins during the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

Matt Jergens balances on a table while juggling pins during the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

 George Elmer, of Albany, New York, wears a hat with a French Festival pin on it at the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Elmer has been the festival's master of ceremonies for 45 years. 

George Elmer, of Albany, New York, wears a hat with a French Festival pin on it at the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Elmer has been the festival's master of ceremonies for 45 years. 

 French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

 French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

 French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York. 

French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York. 

 Ferris wheel carts sit atop the trees at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

Ferris wheel carts sit atop the trees at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

 People wonder around at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

People wonder around at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

 Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

 Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

 Poker run boats begin to dock in Clayton, New York on Saturday, July 21, 2018 for a two-hour lunch break at the Frick Park Pavillon before starting the race again. 

Poker run boats begin to dock in Clayton, New York on Saturday, July 21, 2018 for a two-hour lunch break at the Frick Park Pavillon before starting the race again. 

 A group of local boy scouts go white water rafting on the Black River in Watertown, New York on Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

A group of local boy scouts go white water rafting on the Black River in Watertown, New York on Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

 Scott A. Gray, left, Chairman of Jefferson County Legislature, U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, middle, R.-Willsboro, and Philip N. Reed, County Legislator, talk in an airport hanger on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York during an official tour of the facility. 

Scott A. Gray, left, Chairman of Jefferson County Legislature, U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, middle, R.-Willsboro, and Philip N. Reed, County Legislator, talk in an airport hanger on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York during an official tour of the facility. 

 Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

 Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

 Tara St. Louis, left, dances with her husband Robert St. Louis, right, at the summer monthly block party in downtown Watertown, New York on Friday, July 27, 2018. They have been married for 10 years. 

Tara St. Louis, left, dances with her husband Robert St. Louis, right, at the summer monthly block party in downtown Watertown, New York on Friday, July 27, 2018. They have been married for 10 years. 

 The Watertown Red and Black semi-pro football team stands on the field at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds with their helmets raised during the singing of the national anthem prior to the start of their game versus the Troy Fighting Irish on Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Watertown Red and Black semi-pro football team stands on the field at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds with their helmets raised during the singing of the national anthem prior to the start of their game versus the Troy Fighting Irish on Saturday, July 28, 2018

 The Elsmere Wanderers drill team races down the track during a ladder drill at the firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

The Elsmere Wanderers drill team races down the track during a ladder drill at the firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

 A firematics official watches from a third story platform during a firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

A firematics official watches from a third story platform during a firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Carthage Revolution semi-pro football team head coach Leon Eldridge Jr., center, speaks with a fellow team coach during a practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

Carthage Revolution semi-pro football team head coach Leon Eldridge Jr., center, speaks with a fellow team coach during a practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

 A Carthage Revolution semi-pro football player prepares to hike the ball during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

A Carthage Revolution semi-pro football player prepares to hike the ball during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

 Carthage Revolution semi-pro football players run a play during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

Carthage Revolution semi-pro football players run a play during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.