A summer in iPhone photos



by James Tensuan

Last summer I resurrected my Instagram account as I embarked on a 5,298-mile round-trip journey from Mountain View, Calif., to my CQS internship at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. It was my first time traveling outside of California for more than two weeks and living in another state.


Downtown Louisville provided me with a lot of great opportunities for street shooting.


Here is a photo of my studio reflected in my Toyota Rav4. I probably spent more time in my car this summer than I did in my studio.


I searched for hints of light after work during my evening walks.


The waterfront caught some of the best evening light around.


The other interns and I spent many nights wandering downtown.


As a California native, the weather in Kentucky left me baffled. One minute I would be sweating on assignment, and the next I would be drenched by the rain. At a NASCAR race, the skies cleared and we shot the race in the hot sun.


James Tensuan (CQS Summer 2013) is a journalism student at San Jose State University and was a photo intern at the San Francisco Chronicle in spring 2013. Earlier, he was an intern at the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel and a multimedia editor at the campus paper, Spartan Daily. He has studied in Cuba and covered the events of the 2013 presidential inauguration for “PBS NewsHour.” In April 2013, the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association named him runner-up to the student photographer of the year, honoring him with the Luci S. Williams Houston Memorial Award.

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  1. Leona Johnson
    04.05.14

    James you have a wonderful eye! Amazing pics. Keep up the good work. You have a bright future. You’re an asset to our CQS family.

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