Slices of life: “Feature hunting” for images in community journalism

One of the great joys for a photographer is capturing a random, yet beautiful, moment of everyday life. While photographers always have to produce an image for publication, finding the compelling photo can be a challenge. With that said, the pursuit of the image makes its final successful creation all the more rewarding. In the time of COVID-19, social distancing and staying at home, Southeast Missourian photo editor Jacob Wiegand thought it would be nice to explore some of those recent standalone images not tied to any sort of event, news, features or sports story. In 2019, members of our photo department produced a similarly-themed series titled “Rural Routes” exploring life in the region. Some of those images are included. The images in this gallery are some examples of when the “feature hunt” was most successful.