Above the Fold
January 9th, 2014

This year I got to explore Oahu with a fresh set of eyes. I still feel quite new to this city, but I am excited to have begun to delve into  communities and meet people around the island. There is no better education than that of the daily news cycle.

Here are a few photos that have stood out to me from their experience in addition to their aesthetic.

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I encountered this man on June 6, 2013 in Chinatown while searching for wild art. His shirt really struck me. I think it really says a lot about the next generation of people in Hawaii. There is a modern twist melding together with traditions of Aloha into a really interesting and creative society.

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This was one of my first significant breaking news assignments on May 8, 2013 at the paper. I was a few blocks away and got the call to head over to the Fort Street Mall at Beretania where a chopper had gone down. Your heart races (especially when you don't know where anything is), I parked my car and ran about 5 blocks to the scene and immediately transmitted a photo. Luckily the pilot and passenger walked away from this one.

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From across the way I heard the faint sounds of "what are you doing for thanksgiving?" between these two women. In a room filled with thick tension, I saw this soft dialogue and had to know what the story was. Jenilea Heath, left, of Kahuku talks with her cousin Dee McShane of Waianae across the separation line at the State Capitol on Friday, Novemer 8, 2013 while hundreds demonstrated during the legislative vote on Same Sex Marraige. Heath said she and her cousin, "respect each other completely," and McShane replied, "because that is the aloha spirit." 

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I got the chance to spend a few hours shooting and talking story with Albert and Elissa Yellin. These are the kinds of assignments I really cherish. I like the time I am able to spend and get to know people and the visual space to explore something new. For this photo I let them know that I was just checking my settings and they were taking a moment to themselves after a long afternoon entertaining us journalists at their home in Pupukea. The in between moments can be really interesting. Think about how you feel when you just turn off for a moment. This is a moment I really appreciate in my photography.

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Ever since I went to a presentation by Joachim Ladefoged of VII, I have never quite seen sports in the same way. He told a story about being hired to shoot a major golf tournament and only brought a 50mm lens because he'd never shot golf before and didn't know any better. He still made amazing images. He has also done a series with cheerleaders and I was thinking of him when I made this photo of 808 Cheer performing at the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSA) Cheerleading State Championship at the Blaisdell Area Center on November 16,2013.

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I was given the opportunity to go to Maui for a special neighbor islands section earlier this year. I met with Hokuao and Alana Pelligrino at their home in Waikapu with their 6-month-old daughter Kawaihua. They are doing really important work in Na Wai Eha, teaching about cultivating land, traditions and hard work. Hokuao has also led a charge on restoring stream flow. Read the full story by Nanea Kalani at staradvertiser.com.


October 27th, 2013

I love to tell people's stories. It's my number one favorite part of the job.

When the turn to multimedia came to my feet in 2007, I remember a mentor saying, you either go with technology or you get off the ride. I am a traditionalist by nature, but I saw a chance to add another dynamic element to my work. So I embraced the idea of multimedia and took a number of NPPA workshops from great photojournalists like Will Yurman,  Meredith Birkett at NPPA's Multimedia Immersion and Brian Storm of Mediastorm. It's been an exciting (and scary) time to be a young photojournalist, but now video is another tool in the belt to many of us.

Here at the Star-Advertiser I am fitting multimedia projects in whenever I can set aside a few hours. You can watch "Nose to the Needle," below, which highlights a local female tattooist. Also find links below to more multimedia that I've been working on. And if you have any great stories in mind- an extraordinary neighbor; an unusual new idea you're exploring; a community event that's really visual- let me know! Maybe it could be my next project.

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Nose to the Needle:

Female Tattooist, Megan Jones talks about her work

Also check out these videos:

Hawaii 5-0's Season Premiere:

Experience the Season 4 red carpet at Waikiki's Sunset on the Beach

A Conversation with Leona Kalima:

Better understand the Hawaiian Homestead land issue with reporter Rob Perez

Legends of the Koolau:

Tour of Kaneohe Bay with stories told by Mahealani Cypher

Youth Fire Knife Dance:

See a Palama after-school program's training in the traditional art of Fire Knife

Bruddah Iz Medley by Royal Hawaiian Band:

Hear what brought about this new medley from director Clarke Bright

September 17th, 2013

There is a very distinct job that I have been working at over the years and that is being a wild art hunter.

What does it bring to mind for you? Jungle safari in Africa? Something else wild and crazy?

For us in the business, it is a big part of the daily grind. It's that time in between assignments when you're looking for something to happen (aesthetically pleasing preferably). Something maybe with emotion, something mundane with an interesting twist, maybe a quiet moment; just something that catches your eye.

Sometimes I walk around a park or the beach. Sometimes I drive around to new areas for inspiration. Sometimes I get a tip on an event happening that day. I never know what exactly it's going to be and that's the beauty of the whole idea. You're available for the moment to happen in front of you. Sometimes it can be really difficult to find something that you haven't seen before. But it's that one day when you have a chance meeting on the street that turns into a brilliant story that keeps you going out and looking with an open mind.

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Jennifer Spruce gets slimed by (L-R) Librarian Cindy Wagner and students Cat Yamamura and Jensen Lee to promote reading during the Scholastic Book Fair week at Assets School on April 15, 2013.

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Rakuita Tawake enjoys time with his son Ratu Tila, 6 while listening to the band, Streetlight Cadence, at Shriners Hospitals for Children for their 90th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 14, 2013.

Bryant Natividad, HPD K-9 Handler, shows the power of K-9 Marco, as he gets attacked in a safe suit at the First Responders Fair on the Honolulu Hale Civic Center grounds, Sept. 7, 2013.

Bryant Natividad, HPD K-9 Handler, shows the power of K-9 Marco, as he gets attacked in a safe suit at the First Responders Fair on the Honolulu Hale Civic Center grounds, Sept. 7, 2013.

Mike Sines enjoys his pau hana hour in style at his home in Pacific Heights on July 18, 2013.

Mike Sines enjoys his pau hana hour in style at his home in Pacific Heights on July 18, 2013.

Corey Lau, 17 of Kaneohe jumps in for a swim at the Anahulu Stream Bridge in Haleiwa on June 2, 2013.

Corey Lau, 17 of Kaneohe jumps in for a swim at the Anahulu Stream Bridge in Haleiwa on June 2, 2013.

Body boarders watched as the supermoon rose over White Plains Beach Park in Ewa Beach after it passed some storm clouds on June 22, 2013.

Body boarders watched as the supermoon rose over White Plains Beach Park in Ewa Beach after it passed some storm clouds on June 22, 2013.

August 28th, 2013

Honolulu has a lot in common with Philly.

I'll let you stew on that idea for a moment.

Obviously there are differences. Like Oahu's breathtaking beaches, sprawling mountains and beautiful weather all-year round; compared to the blighted urban landscapes of the inner-city compounded with frigid winters and smoldering summers of the East Coast.

But I do see many similarities. There is a renaissance of a young population in both cities, rooted in strong cultural traditions. There is a gritty art scene growing in Honolulu, a vibrant downtown and a thriving business district. Honolulu does it in it's own way, adding some aloha into the mix of brightly colored graffiti walls. It's also divided by neighborhoods here, very different as you drive from one to the next - something that is a distinct characteristic of  Philadelphia.

Our lives as photojournalists vary as much as the diversity of a cities people. I can start my day shooting fisherman at sunrise in Kahaluu, then get called to a helicopter crashing downtown and end the day with a prep football game. Llife is constantly changing, but some things will always be consistent-people are people living dynamic lives with interesting stories that weave us all together.

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A body surfer jumps out to Waikiki Beach Walls while the sun sets with a haze of vog on May 23, 2013.

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Calvin Hamachi a farmer from Waimanalo and his grandson Bryson Hamachi, 5, had the chance to check out dozens of varieties of taro at Taro Field Day sponsored by the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). They offered a variety of information on taro growing, preservation, cooking and more at the Waimanalo Research Station on June 21,2013.

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Families fish on the shoreline for Girl's Day Fishing Derby Catch-and-Release Fishing Program at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden on Sunday morning in Kaneohe on March 3, 2013.

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Rap Artist Prie posed for photos and sat for an interview outside of Fresh Cafe in Honolulu on June 15,2013.

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Chelsea Ferrick, 17 of Mililani High School and Adam Galario, 18 of Nanakuli High School were crowned Prom Queen and King by State Representative and 2011 Miss Hawaii, Lauren Cheape (center) on April 26, 2013 at the Okinawan Center in Waipio.

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Sailors stand on deck as their friends and family see them depart for a tour on the Guided-missile Destroyer USS Chung-Hoon as it departed the Pearl Harbor-Hickam base on April 2, 2013.

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Heather Massetti and her son Maxwell, 2 watch as her husband deploys on the USS Chung-Hoon, a Guided-missile Destroyer, from the Pearl Harbor-Hickam base on April 2, 2013.

August 20th, 2013

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Welcome to Above the Fold, a multimedia blog for all of those photos that don't make it to the page and a bit about the experience of shooting them.

My name is Krystle Marcellus and I am a photojournalist. I'm the newest addition to the Star-Advertiser photo team and I look forward to telling the stories of Hawaii people.

I am excited to be coming back home to Hawaii to work with such diverse communities. I was raised on the East Coast with my dad's Italian family and grew up rooted in my mom's Maui culture, spending summers with Grandma (and about 150 other ohana) in Waihe'e, Maui. I traveled around the world on a ship when I was 20, through Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and beyond. I've spent time shooting and teaching in Brazil, the Philippines, India and Dominican Republic among others, all of these experiences showing me how similar we all are, just born into different circumstances.

I got my start under the wings of some amazing mentors at the Philadelphia Daily News when I was 16 and refined my skills at Temple University with Dr. Edward Trayes. He taught me to never give up on a vision because "shoe leather is cheaper than film" and to let a story reveal itself. I was trained in multimedia by the NPPA's immersion program under Meredith Birkett of MSNBC.com.

I'm interested in people and their stories. You will also see my multimedia work on this blog, using moving pictures and interviews has been the next step in my evolution as a storyteller. I will talk a bit about that process and plan on posting B-roll outtakes from some inspiring subjects.

If you have a compelling story idea, please e-mail me and we can talk story: kmarcellus@staradvertiser.com

Photo by: Krystle Marcellus