Colors of Carbondale (PHOTOS)


Myla Reyes, 7, of Carbondale, plays on a retired train caboose Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in downtown Carbondale. “I like to climb on things,” Reyes said. “It’s really fun.” She said sitting on the roofs on the train cars was her favorite part of the experience. (Jacob Wiegand | @JacobWiegand_DE)

By Ryan Michalesko

All eyes were on Carbondale this weekend.

From Thursday evening to Sunday night, SIU students gathered for a photojournalism workshop to make images that will later be published as a photo book to help celebrate the Chamber of Commerce’s 100th anniversary.

Facilitated by journalism professor Mark Dolan, the weekend workshop offers students the opportunity to photograph Carbondale while having their work critiqued by visiting professional photographers and editors.


“I think the biggest importance students get out of all this is to be able to work with the professionals we bring in to coach,” Dolan said about his ninth weekend workshop. “Saturday’s photos are always better than Friday’s photos, and that’s because of that constant interaction and critiquing.”

The six professionals, who were all SIU graduates, traveled from as far as Texas, Mississippi and Chicago.

The moments collected this weekend are a part of a yearlong project documenting life in Carbondale. The Chamber of Commerce book will be published in early 2017.

Assistant Photo Editor Ryan Michalesko can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @photosbylesko.

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