@selftuphoto Bob Self

Jacksonville, FL based photojournalist sharing visual notes from my rarely routine daily routine.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars players, staff, and families added their voices to the protests following the recent deaths of African-Americans in the hands of law enforcement around the country Friday morning June 5, 2020 with a march from TIAA Bank Field to the Police Memorial Building in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Jaguars players, staff, and former Jaguars player who is now a Jacksonville Sheriffs Office officer Ernest Wilford addressed their teammates and coworkers on the East Bay Street steps of the JSO headquarters building before making the walk back to the stadium for an address by head coach Doug Marrone. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] #onassigment #JacksonvilleJaguars #NFL #football #protest #ernestwilford #shadkhan #blacklivesmatter @igersjax @jaxdotcom @_flight_ @jaguars

2 days ago

A few businesses boarded up widows along Wednesday’s protest route while other residents handed out refreshments to the protesters marching through Jacksonville Florida’s San Marco neighborhood. Regular protesters were joined by neighbors and families to take part in the peaceful continuation of protests which came about after a series deaths of black citizens at the hands of law enforcement around the country. After a rally at Southside Park a "Reflective Walk" for George Floyd started with over 1,000 marchers headed down Hendricks Avenue in San Marco Wednesday afternoon, June 3, 2020 then turned on Atlantic Blvd. though the San Marco business district then down Landon Avenue before breaking up where the march started. This was the fifth night of Jacksonville protests against excessive violence by law enforcement and inequities effecting members of the black community. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onsssignment #protest #blacklivesmatter #sanmarco @jaxdotcom @igersjax @mysanmarco @jaxchamber

3 days ago

This was my fun assignment Friday night before my weekend of shooting protest photos. I love the rollercoaster that is #newspaper #photojournalism . With the shutdown of movie showings at the Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville's 5-Points neighborhood co-owners Tim Massett and wife Shana David-Massett decided to find a safe, socially distanced way to entertain their customers over the weekend with a movie event that sold out in less than a day. Despite threatening weather, a steady stream of movie fans, ready to get out of the house filled the parking area beside the Callahan Speedway for the Sun-Ray Cinema's pop-up drive-in theater showing of the 1977 classic Smokey and the Bandit Friday evening, May 29, 2020. This was the first of two nights of showings on the 32-foot wide video monitor in the grassy field beside the dirt race track where the Sun-Ray Cinema co-owners along with other members of the 5-Points theater's staff checked tickets and parked cars while couples and families and friends settled in to watch Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, and Jerry Reed in the film that made the Pontiac's Firebird Trans Am an icon and CB radios a pop culture phenomena outside of the trucker community over 40 years ago. Saturday's movie offering was Mad Max: Fury Road. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #driveinmovie #thebandit #burtreynolds #sallyfield #PontiacFirebird #cbradio #coors #callahanspeedway @jaxdotcom @sunraycine

3 days ago

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Duval County Courthouse Tuesday evening, June 2, 2020 to hold the fourth day of protests in Jacksonville, Florida to continue protesting against the inequities in the black community and police violence against minorities. After a number of speakers the group marched a large loop through downtown Jacksonville to city hall and then turned south down Ocean Street and looped back to the courthouse. The protest was peaceful and law enforcement, though present, remained mostly out of sight. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #protest #blacklivesmatter #signs @igersjax @jaxdotcom @jaxchamber @jaxtakesaction

6 days ago

Day two of protests in Jacksonville. Lots of law enforcement kept the protesters together and no vandalism marred the event. Jacksonville, Florida saw the second day of protests against police violence and racial inequity which started at the Duval County Courthouse and worked its way through the city's downtown before ending back at the courthouse after law enforcement kept the protesters together and channeled them on their rout and to the final destination where they were then surrounded by members of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and Florida State Troopers Sunday, May 31, 2020. At that point the troopers began moving the crowd away and they were ordered to disperse or they would be arrested. Most complied but a handful were handcuffed and taken into police custody. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #protest #lawenforcement #showofforce #statetroopers #jacksonvillesheriffsoffice @jaxdotcom

1 weeks ago

After a peaceful protest about racial inequities and excessive use of police force around the country held outside the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office headquarters ended with violence and vandalism in downtown Jacksonville, Florida which included a windshield of a patrol car smashed while the officer was in it, JSO officers in riot gear broke up and dispersed the remaining crowds using what appeared to be tear gas as they cleared the downtown core Saturday evening, May 30, 2020. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #protest #teargas #police #jacksonvillesheriffsoffice #standoff @jaxdotcom @igersjax

1 weeks ago

Tethered to safety cables, a crew on the tower crane working on the Vista Brooklyn apartment complex and mixed-use building project on Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida's Brooklyn neighborhood ready the structure for disassembly as they walk through the structures jib 200 feet above the ground Thursday, May 28, 2020, as late morning storm clouds build behind them. According to project manager Kenny Vande Velde the crane will come down over the weekend now that the main building structure is finished and the crews put all their attention into the interior and exterior work on the structure with plans to complete it in late December 2020 or early January 2021. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #construction #buildingstuff #crane #towercrane #brooklynvista #skywalkers #clouds @brasfieldgorrie @jaxdotcom

2 weeks ago

Out looking for one thing and found something else. That’s the way this job works some days. A Coast Guard boat escorts the Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Norwegian Gem as it heads West down the Saint Johns River after passing under the Dames Point Bridge Wednesday May 27, 2020. The Norwegian Gem, Sky, and Ecstacy have been in Jacksonville since the cruise ship business was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic and have been moored different places around Jacksonville's port facilities. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #bigboatlittleboat #coastguard #cruiseship #diamonds #jewelsofinstagram @norwegiancruiseline @jaxdotcom @igersjax @uscg

3 weeks ago

This post is a response to Ryan Christopher Jones who has been doing amazing work covering the COVID-19 pandemic in NY City for The New York Times. He asked to see the work of others showing their world before the pandemic hit. This was shot on what was probably the last full day in my life where the idea of the coronavirus pandemic was still somewhat of an abstract concept to me. On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, I worked a long day covering practice ahead of The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL for my paper, The Florida Times-Union and late that afternoon shot the military appreciation ceremony there which was followed by a concert by The Chainsmokers who attracted quite an enthusiastic crowd for the free show. I threw myself into the event as I would usually do as the fans danced, cheered, and sang along with the duo’s performance. It was a fun event and I even spotted my daughter and son-in-law in the crowd. I was back out on the course the next day for more practice but by the end of that day they started talking about making some changes and restrictions because of the spread of the virus. We had another photographer who was taking over the tournament coverage for the four days of competition so I was in town Thursday making sure I tied up any loose ends at work before my wife and I were to leave for a planned spring break vacation in Chile the next day. By that night the tournament went from planning to close the competition to spectators to canceling the rest of the tournament. On Friday 13th., my wife and I were packed and 30 minutes from getting in the car and driving to Miami to catch our flight when my wife’s employer sent an email telling employees that anyone who took a cruise or left the country would have to self-quarantine for two weeks when they came back. We pulled the plug on the trip and a short time later her job became a work from home job. I hit the streets covering the changing routines in the rapidly evolving COVID-19 world. Looking at this photo today it almost gives me chills thinking about how many people in that crowd could have already been infected. Bob Self #beforethecovidera @ryanchristopherjones

4 weeks ago

Terry Parker High School honored graduating seniors by having them decorate their cars and parade around the school Friday May 15, 2020 to the cheers of socially distanced faculty and staff. According to principal Megan McKinney, the event was held on National College Signing Day to honor those students who were heading to a college or university, the military or trade schools after graduation. Students had to stay in their cars and keep on their face masks and social distancing was the rule. There was also a competitive element to the event with the cars being judged for their decorations, face masks were judged the same way and students were encouraged to post photos of the decorated front doors of their homes on Terry Parker's TP Goes to College Facebook page. [Times-Union/Bob Self] #onassignment #seniors2020 #covid19 #coronavirus #parade #terryparkerhighschool #socialdistancing @jaxdotcom @tp_braves @terry_parker2020 @igersjax

4 weeks ago

Sculptor Derby Ulloa’s River Runners has been modified to reflect the current era of the coronavirus with protective masks being added to the sculptures that decorate the newly renovated section of the Northbank Riverwalk in Jacksonville, Florida near the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Monday, May 11, 2020. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #runners #sculpture #facemasks #art #DerbyUlloa #riverwalk #coronavirus #covid19 @igersjax @jaxdotcom @moreartculture

4 weeks ago

All dressed up and nowhere to go now that the coronavirus has canceled prom? Staff writer Emily Bloch wanted to do a story about a dilemma many High School seniors were facing and asked me to help illustrate the story. Kyeli got chosen to be the representative no prom prom dress model but we are encouraging others to send us their photos in what would have been their prom attire so that we can help share how great they would have looked with the world. Simply post your social distancing prom pictures on social media with the hashtag #NoPromJax at @jaxdotcom or email them directly to ebloch @jacksonville .com. Kyeli Brennan, a senior at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida wearing the prom dress for the school's prom that has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] #OnAssignment #NoPromJax #covid19 #canceledprom #promdress #facemask #reddress @jaxdotcom @igersjax

4 weeks ago

Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, better known as Fran, started her career at Jacksonville University in 1958 as a humanities professor. She founded the College of Fine Arts in 1960 and became the school’s president in 1979. In 1988 she transitioned to the role of chancellor and in 1994 she retired but retained the title of chancellor emerita. I photographed Dr. Kinne many times over the years and her welcoming personality made every encounter feel like you were being greeted by an old friend. Dr. Kinne died Sunday, May 10, 2020, two weeks short of what would have been her 103rd. birthday. Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne at her Hidden Hills home surrounded by photographs and mementos of her life. Photographed March, 12, 2008. Fran Kinne blows out the candle on her dinosaur shaped birthday cupcake made by students at the Wilma's Little People's School as Jacksonville University President Tim Cost looks on. The former president of Jacksonville University Dr. Fran Kinne was the guest of honor for the pre-school graduation ceremony of Wilma's Little People's School at JU May 19, 2017. The long time fixture at the university who helped start the pre-school program at the school 44 years ago is about to turn 100. (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union ) #onassignment #frankinne #JU #jacksonvilleuniversity #rip @jaxdotcom @igersjax @jacksonvilleu

5 weeks ago

About 150 protesters showed up in front of the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida Friday, May 8, 2020, to protest the murder of Brunswick, Georgia resident Ahmaud Arbery who was shot and killed after being chased down by a father and son as Arbery was running through their neighborhood in February. Upon the release of a cell phone video shot by a friend of the suspects, the suspects were arrested on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #onassignment #protest #AhmaudArbery #signs @jaxdotcom @igersjax

last month

William Abrams, part of a two-man crew pressure cleaning the 24,000 square foot mural-covered wall of the Enterprise Center parking garage next to the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in downtown Jacksonville, Florida helps revive the color of the Flora and Fauna mural by James Peka painted in 2016 Thursday, April 30, 2020. According to Mark Rimmer with RTA Consulting that manages the garage the cleaning of all 40,000 square foot of the garage's exterior walls happens every 7 or 8 years and was scheduled for this summer but due to the closure of the Omni Jacksonville and the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts due to the COVID-19 pandemic the work was cleaning scheduled was moved up. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] #onassignment #mural #art #painting #pressurewashing #bigwall @jaxdotcom @igersjax @moreartculture

last month

Hundreds of Jacksonville residents lined up in waves Monday morning, May 4, 2020 outside the downtown main library according to their hour appointment block to pick up their $1,000. debit card from the City of Jacksonville. City employees from various city agencies moved the lines quickly through the process of final screening before those qualified for the money due to loss of income from COVID-19. [Bob Self/Times-Union] #OnAssignment #covid19 #coronavirus #strangetimes @igersjax @jaxdotcom

last month

Around 100 people showed up in Jacksonville Florida's San Marco business district Thursday afternoon, April 30, 2020 for a rally as part of the statewide Reopen Florida group. The protesters want Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to accelerate the pace of reopening the state after the closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] #OnAssignment #protest #AmericanFlags #reopenflorida #rally #covid19 #coronavirus #sanmarco #socialdistancing @jaxdotcom @igersjax @smpsjax @sanmarco .square

last month

I was approached about making a portrait of three COVID-19 front line healthcare workers and my first question was how do you do that and maintain proper social distancing. The obvious solution would have been having them all in their protective gear but as I expected before I asked, that was nixed due to the shortage of those supplies. This was my solution to the problem. A big thanks to these three for making time for the shoot when I know they had more important things to deal with. Ciara Flowers, BSN, RN, and the Nurse Manager at Baptist Heart Hospital, Eddy Gutierrez, MD is an Intensive Care Specialist at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Ben deRemer, RRT is a Respiratory Therapist at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. They are part of the front line team in the battle against the spreading COVID-19 virus at Baptist Health. Photographed Tuesday, April 14, 2020. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] #onassignment #strangetimes #coronavirus #COVID19 #frontlineheros #makingportraits @canonusa @profotousa @jaxdotcom @baptisthealthjx @igersjax