The Journal

A collection of curiosities by photographer/director and storyteller Adam Ryan Morris.

February 6, 2018

Birds in her freezer?!?

After seeing a snapshot of this wall in her living room, I just had to learn more about Joanna Poehlmann. The highlights: Age 83 Illustrator and gallery artist Meticulous Works are highly detailed/accurate and occasionally humorous Lives in a cozy apartment among art and animal specimens   Fun facts: Keeps dead birds in her freezer because she prefers to draw from “life” Most of them fell dead after striking downtown office building windows Some are 30-plus years old She’s good friends with this woman The two have removed and re-hung all the art in her apartment occasionally over the…

January 11, 2018

Shot on iPhone

Maybe I shouldn't have been so surprised to find myself on a sound stage directing young adults through the nuances of acting passed out. There's a first time for everything, right?

November 8, 2017

‘OMG’ in Chinese?!

From the moment American Craft asked me to make portraits of Helen Lee, I was enthralled by her use of language. But how would we make her work stand out?

October 11, 2017

Key art for ‘Blood at Doorstep’ documentary

What a privilege. My portrait of Nate Hamilton, who with his family turned to activism after his brother Dontre was killed by a police officer in 2014, is key art for Erik Ljung's important documentary The Blood Is At The Doorstep. A series of images from my project on the family was selected for the Communication Arts Photo Annual, too.

October 3, 2017

BuzzFeed. And a lynching.

What do you do when you're the only man ever to survive a lynching in America? Or when you're the photographer telling his story?