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Sports photographer uses personal setback as chance to help others

Posted at 9:48 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 21:49:00-04

CINCINNATI — If photos tell the story of time, then getting the right shot is extremely important.

That’s what Jason Whitman spends his time trying to do.

“You hope we flatten the curve so we can go back to shooting sports,” said Whitman, who is a freelance sports photographer in the Cincinnati area.

Whitman is out of work due to the pandemic, which has canceled most sports, nationwide.

“I was leaving one town to go to another gig, and suddenly that gig was not going to be there. I think every photojournalist that covers professional sports and collegiate sports went ‘Boy, what do I do now?’”

While sports – and therefore, sports photography – are on the back burner, Whitman has figured out what he wants to do with his free time: he wants to help people.

“I started making masks, and figured, as people need them [I’ll] start giving them to them,” said Whitman.

He soon learned to sew and began making masks.

“They’ve got a pocket you can insert a filter in,” explained Whitman, as he showed one of his homemade masks to us during our virtual interview.

He has turned sewing into a new hobby.

“You can turn on the music and get lost when you’re stuck at home -- lost in a good place,” said Whitman.

Whitman normally spends his days looking for the perfect shot. These days, helping others is a shot he is capturing perfectly.