Battle against MRSA for The New York Times / by Brett Carlsen

This fall has been about photographing the invisible for me it seems, first Virtual Reality and with this assignment MRSA. Well what I photographed is not exactly invisible, this story is about one University's plan to combat MRSA to prevent an outbreak in their athletics department.

The New York Times sent me out to Colgate University in Central New York to illustrate the ways in which the school's athletic trainers are competing against MRSA outbreaks. An assignment like this can be very linear and action based meaning that it will end up looking like an Ikea instruction manual more than illustrative photographs. That is something I had to overcome, I did so by asking myself "what's the story about?" over and over.

It sadly was still a little process oriented but finding small wins, like how to illustrate the department director Steve Chouinard in a way that wasn't a portrait. I then had to work on showing the overcrowding and the amount of close contact that happens in these training rooms. By the end of the afternoon thanks to patience and diligence I ended up illustrating both of those things in one photograph.

This was a pretty straightforward shoot as far as gear goes. I shot with two Canon 1DX Mark II cameras paired with a 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 lenses.

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