Last week one of our colleagues had his last day in our photo department. Matt Strasen is moving to Amarillo to be with his wife and work for the Amarillo Globe-News. Matt joined our photography staff as football season was beginning in 2005. OSU fans out there who follow our photo coverage should recognize his byline. Matt lived in Stillwater and covered just about everything having to do with Oklahoma State along with his regular assignments in Oklahoma City and across the state. Interestingly, he was the first person to suggest that we have a department blog. That was more than a year ago. I don’t know what took us so long to get this going, but I’m sorry Matt won’t be a part of it. On behalf of the photographers at The Oklahoman, I congratulate him on the new job and wish him the best of luck. And if anybody in Amarillo is reading this, be sure to look for his byline. You’ll like what you see.
Here’s some pictures that Matt took for us that I’ve enjoyed.
OSU’s JamesOn Curry runs downcourt after hitting a three-pointer midway through the second half of the basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma City University at Gallagher-Iba Arena Tuesday, November 8, 2005, in Stillwater, Okla. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Mackenzie Stogsdill takes a break while sifting through the remains of a damaged house after a tornado on Saturday hit Picher, Okla., Sunday, May 11, 2008. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
OSU’s Jordy Mercer celebrates as he runs around the bases following his game-winning solo home run in the ninth inning during the NCAA Stillwater Regional baseball game between Oklahoma State University and Texas Christian University at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, June 1, 2008. OSU won 9-8. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Fourth-year veterinary surgical student Kimberly Anderson with Sammy, who was burned in a house fire, in the minor surgery room at the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Stillwater, Okla., March 17, 2006. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
OSU’s Andrea Riley celebrates with the crowd following the women’s Bedlam basketball game between Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, January 12, 2008. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, crowd surfs in a translucent ball during their performance at the Cox Convention Center during Opening Night 2008 in downtown Oklahoma City, Monday, December 31, 2007. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Ampora Shanor, the mother of murder victim Paul Shanor, hugs Stillwater Police Department detective sergeant Jeff Watts, the lead detective in Paul Shanor’s murder case, after Korrus Harrison was found guilty of murder at the Payne County Courthouse in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, January 9, 2008. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Garrett Vig, from Newell, South Dakota, is bucked off a bull during the bull riding competition at the Okahoma State Fair Rodeo at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, September 21, 2007. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Carl Edwards does a backflip to celebrate his win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2008. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN