Lucas Reilly (Ohio University)
Award of Excellence
Domestic Picture Story
Earl and Amy Anderson watch as their daughter Liliana plays and works on learning to crawl in their small apartment in Athens, Ohio. Earl has set up a Christmas tree, decorated with help from Lily, for their first Christmas as a family.
Earl puts pants on Lily to keep her warm. As a stay-at-home dad, he is responsible for Lily's needs most of the time while Amy is busy with class or studying.
The Andersons take a pass through the baby aisle at Kroger to find a cheap toy for Lily in celebration of her turning 7 months old.
Earl smokes a cigarette while driving Amy to class at Ohio University as she finishes some last-minute homework in the backseat with Lily.
Earl transfers laundry from washer to dryer while Lily sits on the folding table, pacified with a bottle at one of Ohio University's laundry facilities located in Gamertsfelder Hall. When Amy is busy it can be difficult for Earl to do chores while also keeping watch over Lily.
"I started smoking cigarettes when I was 8," Earl says. "I had some bad influences." Amy's parents give the couple $300 a month for food and "living expenses" which include cigarettes.
Earl talks on the phone with his friend Justin. The couple shares a single cell phone, which becomes problematic at times.
Earl lifts Lily up in the air. He hopes to give her the best life he and Amy can. Before she was born, he spent a month smoking methamphetamine in an attempt to kill himself. "She's my reason for living," he said.