Favorite photos come in many forms; some joyful and some heart-wrenching. A fire at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track earlier this year created the opportunity to make one of the more difficult photographs of my career. Sometimes, people ask me how or why I shoot which photos. I tell them every assignment has its unique challenges. But this is why we do this job: To record the human experience. That's how photographers make a difference everyday. Looking through my lens, seeing these poor greyhounds shudder and die before my eyes, was a hard task. But I couldn't turn away. I photographed through my tears to make images like this, hoping readers would see the dogs' experiences — as well as maybe what is right and wrong with our society. Photographers are often asked if they aspire to be in National Geographic. Of course. But the most important photographs I take are the ones here in my own community.

Photo by ERIK KELLAR, Daily News

Favorite photos come in many forms; some joyful and some heart-wrenching. A fire at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track earlier this year created the opportunity to make one of the more difficult photographs of my career. Sometimes, people ask me how or why I shoot which photos. I tell them every assignment has its unique challenges. But this is why we do this job: To record the human experience. That's how photographers make a difference everyday. Looking through my lens, seeing these poor greyhounds shudder and die before my eyes, was a hard task. But I couldn't turn away. I photographed through my tears to make images like this, hoping readers would see the dogs' experiences — as well as maybe what is right and wrong with our society. Photographers are often asked if they aspire to be in National Geographic. Of course. But the most important photographs I take are the ones here in my own community.

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