The Journal

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

February 28, 2019

The Piano Man’s Last Song

Tucked away in a secluded northwoods retreat, Doug McGee works on his babies. He used to operate on others’ too, but as pianomakers such as Steinway and Yamaha begin offering digital player piano systems to replace the mechanical ones he loves, the collector and repairman has been wrestling with the ultimate existential question: Am I still relevant? Armed with a drone, a Dana Dolly, a few cameras, some vintage Leica lenses and a grip truck, our crew dug in to tell Doug’s story in a stylized documentary manner. Director: Adam Ryan MorrisDP: Ryan BinghamGaffer: Derek SchmittProduction: Morris Creative LLC

February 5, 2019

Heartland Romance, Part 3

Post 3 of 3 As summer slid into fall and fall began giving way to winter, our team worked sunup to sundown, witnessing golden moments, breathing in the smell of fresh earth, and providing a window into the lives and labor of some of America’s most hardworking souls: Farmers and their families. Our mission from farm lender Compeer Financial: Don’t just document. Go, see, feel and make pictures that show what it’s like out there in the fields, barns and tractors of the heartland. Capture motion and stills that convey the intricacies — and the magnitude — of the…

January 30, 2019

Heartland Romance: Part 2

Post 2 of 3 As summer slid into fall and fall began giving way to winter, our team worked sunup to sundown, witnessing golden moments, breathing in the smell of fresh earth, and providing a window into the lives and labor of some of America’s most hardworking souls: Farmers and their families. Our mission from farm lender Compeer Financial: Don’t just document. Go, see, feel and make pictures that show what it’s like out there in the fields, barns and tractors of the heartland. Capture motion and stills that convey the intricacies — and the magnitude — of the…

January 23, 2019

Heartland Romance: Part 1

As summer slid into fall and fall began giving way to winter, our team worked sunup to sundown, witnessing golden moments, breathing in the smell of fresh earth, and providing a window into the lives and labor of some of America's most hardworking souls: Farmers and their families. This is the first in a three-part series.

November 7, 2018

When religion is retail

You never know where your camera — and, most important, your curiosity — will take you. Or what you'll say when you get there.