Town Square Lighting Ceremony by Rugile Kaladyte

Thousands of LED lights wrapped around the elk antler arches and trees of the Town Square sparkled to life in unison on Friday, November 25. Those braving the cold waited for a visit from Santa Claus while enjoying holiday music and hot chocolate.

 

Winter in Jackson, Wyo. by Rugile Kaladyte

Chef Buck by Rugile Kaladyte

Buck Milligan, 11, and his mother, Jessica Milligan, prepare a dinner of pan-seared elk, homemade egg yolk pasta and salad on Friday, November 4, 2016. Buck was featured on the television show "Chopped Junior." The Thanksgiving episode, "Thanks Kidding," was shot in May and will be aired Tuesday on Food Network.

Octavio Olivares by Rugile Kaladyte

Octavio Olivares, 20, can be seen running up and down Goodwin Ave. several times a week with a pack of boys trying to match his stride. When he notices the gap growing between them, he waits patiently and wipes at the sweat above his brow — the humidity of Victoria, Texas is relentless. Their shirts are damp and their breathing is heavy, but they start running again. Together.

Passion Play by Rugile Kaladyte

Baltasar Godinez, 21, of Victoria, lies down next to the cross while portraying Jesus during a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Victoria, TX. "Father chose me. I guess I fit the role... The hardest part was staying completely still when I died," Godinez said.

Baltasar Godinez, 21, of Victoria, lies down next to the cross while portraying Jesus during a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Victoria, TX. "Father chose me. I guess I fit the role... The hardest part was staying completely still when I died," Godinez said.

An actor portraying Veronica holds up a cloth showing an imprint of Christ's face after wiping it of sweat and blood.

An actor portraying Veronica holds up a cloth showing an imprint of Christ's face after wiping it of sweat and blood.

A crowd of people gathers to watch actors reenact the crucifixion of Christ.

A crowd of people gathers to watch actors reenact the crucifixion of Christ.

Godinez is lowered with the cross.

Godinez is lowered with the cross.

The Crown of Thorns.

The Crown of Thorns.

Spectators film and take photos of the reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ.

Spectators film and take photos of the reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ.

An actor portraying Mary reacts to the death of her Son.

An actor portraying Mary reacts to the death of her Son.

No Life Like This Life by Rugile Kaladyte

I found out No Life Like This Life had published our project when I received an Instagram notification of being tagged in a photograph I took while in Holly Springs National Forest. Less than an hour of the post being live, the photo had over a hundred likes.

My best friend, Trevor Raab, had reached out to No Life Like This Life with our collection of photographs from our bike trip from Chicago to Victoria, TX, in hopes of sharing it with others. It all started with bringing cameras (that weren't our phones) on a century ride in Rochester, N.Y. Since then, every ride has become an adventure of seeking out photographic opportunities and documenting them with disposable cameras, point-and-shoot film cameras, and finally, our DSLRs.

Creating work exposed us to the work of others and we discovered a community of people doing the same thing, combining our love of photography, bicycles, and good friends. No Life Like This Life has a message that especially rings true to us: Life is beautiful and we are so lucky to be here.

You're even luckier if you have a friend like Trevor.

http://www.nolifelikethislife.com/perspectives-trevorandrue/


 

Halloween 2015 by Rugile Kaladyte

Going through my archives and stumbled across a Halloween party I shot while in Chicago.

Partygoers at the Undead Disco Virgin Hotels Halloween Party on October 31, 2015, in Chicago, IL.

Partygoers at the Undead Disco Virgin Hotels Halloween Party on October 31, 2015, in Chicago, IL.

Breaking News: Car Accident by Rugile Kaladyte

Last night I responded to a car accident that still has my stomach in knots. A car carrying four children was struck by a pickup truck that failed to yield at an intersection. 

A young girl is comforted at the scene of a collision between a pickup truck and sedan after the truck failed to yield at an intersection on Friday, February 5, 2016, in Victoria, TX. There were five passengers in the sedan, four of which were children. The pickup truck had three passengers. One child and the driver of the sedan were transported to the hospital.

A young girl is comforted at the scene of a collision between a pickup truck and sedan after the truck failed to yield at an intersection on Friday, February 5, 2016, in Victoria, TX. There were five passengers in the sedan, four of which were children. The pickup truck had three passengers. One child and the driver of the sedan were transported to the hospital.

"The kids are obviously still really upset about what happened. It's very traumatizing for them," said Victoria Police Officer Kiana Padron.

"The kids are obviously still really upset about what happened. It's very traumatizing for them," said Victoria Police Officer Kiana Padron.

Bystanders watch the clean up the accident at the intersection of Ben Jordan Street and Port Lavaca Drive.

Bystanders watch the clean up the accident at the intersection of Ben Jordan Street and Port Lavaca Drive.

Balloon Launch by Rugile Kaladyte

Students of Shiner Catholic School grab balloons as part of Catholic Week's balloon launch on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, in Shiner, TX. Following a countdown from the local radio station, over 600 balloons were released into the sky.

Students of Shiner Catholic School grab balloons as part of Catholic Week's balloon launch on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, in Shiner, TX. Following a countdown from the local radio station, over 600 balloons were released into the sky.

A balloon is handed to a volunteer to be arranged with hundreds of others.

A balloon is handed to a volunteer to be arranged with hundreds of others.

Volunteers carry balloons from inside the school to the football field.

Volunteers carry balloons from inside the school to the football field.

Volunteer Dennis Vargo holds a string in his mouth after tying it to the balloon. "Even if you can only help out a little bit, it makes a difference. You don't want to leave anybody hanging," said Vargo.

Volunteer Dennis Vargo holds a string in his mouth after tying it to the balloon. "Even if you can only help out a little bit, it makes a difference. You don't want to leave anybody hanging," said Vargo.

A cross made up of long, thin balloons is carried past the church to be released with hundreds of smaller ones. Larger ballons filled with helium were tied to the cross before its release.

A cross made up of long, thin balloons is carried past the church to be released with hundreds of smaller ones. Larger ballons filled with helium were tied to the cross before its release.

Sister Maria Raphael hands balloons to students of Shiner Catholic School.

Sister Maria Raphael hands balloons to students of Shiner Catholic School.

Volunteer Barbara Klozik helps tie down balloons outside near the football field.

Volunteer Barbara Klozik helps tie down balloons outside near the football field.

A cross made up of long, thin balloons is released with hundreds of smaller ones.

A cross made up of long, thin balloons is released with hundreds of smaller ones.

Rue and Trevor Bike by Rugile Kaladyte

I am thankful for friends, especially one exceptional friend, Trevor Raab. Instead of driving a direct route of over 18.5 hours from Chicago to Victoria, TX, we decided to take a different approach.

We had spent three weeks in the summer cycling all over Chicago and Glen Arbor, MI, and we were thrilled with the opportunity of new adventures. A couple days after Christmas, I picked up Trevor and his bike from O’Hare airport. Our first objective was to do as much driving the full first day to put us south enough for warmer temperatures; that same day, Chicago was hit with its first real snowstorm of the year. We didn’t have an exact course we would take, only a couple cities and state parks were on our list. That was enough.

I can’t imagine a better way to end 2015 and bring in the new year than with a dear friend, bicycles, photographs, camping, local food, and new places to explore.

#RueAndTrevorBike

The Final Call by Rugile Kaladyte

John Wesley Hendry was the fire chief of the Lolita Fire Department and died at the age of 46 of cancer to the brain, lungs, and bones. This is the first fireman's funeral in Jackson County. "I have this hole in my heart that I don't think I will ever be able to fill. His name will go on with his children and grandson," said Betty Conn Hendry, the mother of John Wesley Hendry.

Mourners touch the casket of John Wesley Hendry on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Mourners touch the casket of John Wesley Hendry on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Henry's casket is loaded onto a firetruck outside the Oaklawn Funeral Home Chapel in Edna, TX.

Henry's casket is loaded onto a firetruck outside the Oaklawn Funeral Home Chapel in Edna, TX.

Henry's casket is unloaded from a firetruck at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Henry's casket is unloaded from a firetruck at Red Bluff Cemetery in Lolita, TX.

Harry Conn Hendry, left, and Betty Conn Hendry, right, the parents of John Wesley Hendry, are hugged by mourners.

Harry Conn Hendry, left, and Betty Conn Hendry, right, the parents of John Wesley Hendry, are hugged by mourners.

Mourners touch the uniform of Hendry.

Mourners touch the uniform of Hendry.

Fuel Spill by Rugile Kaladyte

Tonight, I covered a breaking news story for The Victoria Advocate, my second this week. Because the breaking news reporter was with another photographer covering a car accident, I responded to the fuel spill on my own. Navigating around traffic and road blockages, it was a challenge, but one that excited me. I especially enjoyed interacting with the fire department and neighbors at the scene. No one was allowed near the actual fuel spill, so I knew I had to look for a different moment  to photograph.

Landen Hartl, 7, left, and J.R. Hartl, 10, right, sit on the hood of their mom’s car while emergency vehicles respond to a 1,000 gallon fuel spill at Telferner Grocery and Market in Telferner, TX, on Friday, January 8, 2016. "[They're acting] like it's a circus. The youngest one was wondering when he would get his sticker from one of the fire crew," said Brandi Mankoski, 39, the mother of Landen and J.R. "They asked some for evacuation for those closer to the store, but they haven't told us anything yet. So, I assume we're good to go," said Mankoski. About 40 people were evacuated from their homes after the fuel spill.

Landen Hartl, 7, left, and J.R. Hartl, 10, right, sit on the hood of their mom’s car while emergency vehicles respond to a 1,000 gallon fuel spill at Telferner Grocery and Market in Telferner, TX, on Friday, January 8, 2016. "[They're acting] like it's a circus. The youngest one was wondering when he would get his sticker from one of the fire crew," said Brandi Mankoski, 39, the mother of Landen and J.R. "They asked some for evacuation for those closer to the store, but they haven't told us anything yet. So, I assume we're good to go," said Mankoski. About 40 people were evacuated from their homes after the fuel spill.

Al Amin Shrine Circus by Rugile Kaladyte

I have just begun my multimedia internship at The Victoria Advocate in Victoria, TX. My first assignment was to cover the Al Amin Shrine Circus.

An elephant stands outside of the Al Amin Shrine Circus at the Victoria Community Center Arena on Monday, January 4, 2016.

An elephant stands outside of the Al Amin Shrine Circus at the Victoria Community Center Arena on Monday, January 4, 2016.

The Flying Cortez

The Flying Cortez

Peighsyn Lemke, 3, refuses the finishing touches of her kitten face paint.

Peighsyn Lemke, 3, refuses the finishing touches of her kitten face paint.

Motorcycle Madness

Motorcycle Madness

Adrian De Leon Jr., 16 months, sleeps on his father's shoulder during intermission.

Adrian De Leon Jr., 16 months, sleeps on his father's shoulder during intermission.

Cubs Clinch Post-Season Series by Rugile Kaladyte

After spending the day assisting a videographer, I headed to Wrigley Field for Game Four of the National League Divisional Series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 13, 2015. As I approached the baseball stadium, I could feel the roar of the crowd from within and I wandered around the area. Having spent the time that I did, I see how much potential there is for video, moments that just don't translate effectively into a single still image. I am striving to capture the energy that I felt that evening.