September 2017 Photo Blog / by Christian Lee

A soldier listens to instruction before a wreath laying ceremony at the Fort Drum Military Reserve on Thursday, Sept. 14 2017 in Fort Drum, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

A soldier listens to instruction before a wreath laying ceremony at the Fort Drum Military Reserve on Thursday, Sept. 14 2017 in Fort Drum, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

So I have settled here in Upstate NY. (To be exact I'm 5hrs from NYC, 1hr from Syracuse and about 30mns to the Canadian border)

I have collected some of my favorite images from the last month and I just want to share what I have been shooting. In every town there are interesting images to be made and stories to be told and Watertown, NY is no different. In the last couple years I have moved a lot chasing photo opportunities and I have learned a few things. People are people no matter where you are. They are living beautiful lives everyday.

In my opinion this job is about caring enough about others to tell their stories, no matter there geographical location. I think its extremely difficult to do our job if you don't at first see the people we document as beautiful.

Children leap into the St Lawrence River during a Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept.  23 2017 in Clayton. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Children leap into the St Lawrence River during a Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept.  23 2017 in Clayton. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Ruby Stevens, 57, inside her taxi on Friday, Sept.  22 2017 in Watertown. Fort Drum military base has created tougher contracts that make it difficult for small taxi companies to operate on base. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Ruby Stevens, 57, inside her taxi on Friday, Sept.  22 2017 in Watertown. Fort Drum military base has created tougher contracts that make it difficult for small taxi companies to operate on base. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Gregory Aldrich, 27, from left, Aaron Bush, 28, Kevin Aldrich, 28, and John Bush, 85, relax in their front lawn as Gregory rewires his lawnmower on Monday, Sept.  18 2017 in Gouverneur. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Gregory Aldrich, 27, from left, Aaron Bush, 28, Kevin Aldrich, 28, and John Bush, 85, relax in their front lawn as Gregory rewires his lawnmower on Monday, Sept.  18 2017 in Gouverneur. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Isaiah Matthews, 11, from left, and his brother Benjamin Matthews, 8, play basketball with their father Anthony Matthews, 53, outside of their on Tuesday, Sept.  19 2017 in Watertown. Anthony waits for his sons' to get home from school daily to spend time with them. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Isaiah Matthews, 11, from left, and his brother Benjamin Matthews, 8, play basketball with their father Anthony Matthews, 53, outside of their on Tuesday, Sept.  19 2017 in Watertown. Anthony waits for his sons' to get home from school daily to spend time with them. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Karlie Fancher, left, is held by Stephen Gorri during the downtown block party at Public Square on Friday, Aug.  25 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Karlie Fancher, left, is held by Stephen Gorri during the downtown block party at Public Square on Friday, Aug.  25 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Bob Witham, 69, carries a box of cans during a food collection drive at St. Anthony's Church on Friday, Sept.  15 2017 in Watertown. Withal is volunteering at the drive. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Bob Witham, 69, carries a box of cans during a food collection drive at St. Anthony's Church on Friday, Sept.  15 2017 in Watertown. Withal is volunteering at the drive. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Gouverneur's Brandon Stevens (76) gets pumped up while putting his uniform on before a high school football game against Massena at Gouverneur High School on Saturday, Sept.  2 2017 in Gouverneur, New York. Gouverneur won 36 to 12. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Gouverneur's Brandon Stevens (76) gets pumped up while putting his uniform on before a high school football game against Massena at Gouverneur High School on Saturday, Sept.  2 2017 in Gouverneur, New York. Gouverneur won 36 to 12. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Watertown players shake hands as their teammates prepare for a semi-pro football game at the Watertown Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept.  9 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Watertown players shake hands as their teammates prepare for a semi-pro football game at the Watertown Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept.  9 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Watertown players walks onto the field before a semi-pro football game at the Watertown Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept.  9 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Watertown players walks onto the field before a semi-pro football game at the Watertown Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept.  9 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Sunlight illuminates Red and Black semi-pro football players during their practice at the Alex T Duffy Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Sept. 12 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Sunlight illuminates Red and Black semi-pro football players during their practice at the Alex T Duffy Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Sept. 12 2017 in Watertown, New York. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Mark Benjamin catches his breath after him and his teammates complete a drill during their football practice at the Alex T Duffy Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Sept.  12 2017 in Watertown, New York. The athletes are members of the Red and Black semi pro football team. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Mark Benjamin catches his breath after him and his teammates complete a drill during their football practice at the Alex T Duffy Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Sept.  12 2017 in Watertown, New York. The athletes are members of the Red and Black semi pro football team. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Tyler Sloley, from left, Mark Benjamin, Niko Jones, Gualberto Santiago and Ra'Kwan Allen complete drills during their football practice at the Alex T Duffy Fairgrounds at on Tuesday, Sept. 12 2017 in Watertown, New York. They're members of the Red and Black semi pro football team. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Tyler Sloley, from left, Mark Benjamin, Niko Jones, Gualberto Santiago and Ra'Kwan Allen complete drills during their football practice at the Alex T Duffy Fairgrounds at on Tuesday, Sept. 12 2017 in Watertown, New York. They're members of the Red and Black semi pro football team. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution players pray before a semi-pro division championship game against Southern Tier Diesel at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept.  16 2017 in Carthage. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution players pray before a semi-pro division championship game against Southern Tier Diesel at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept.  16 2017 in Carthage. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution's Jon Fisher (55) pauses before a semi-pro division championship game at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept.  16 2017 in Carthage. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution's Jon Fisher (55) pauses before a semi-pro division championship game at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept.  16 2017 in Carthage. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution's Wayne Timpson (23) escapes a table during a semi-pro division championship game at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept. 16 2017 in Carthage. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution's Wayne Timpson (23) escapes a table during a semi-pro division championship game at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept. 16 2017 in Carthage. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution's Eric Johnson is drenched in water after his team won a semi-pro division championship game at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept.  16 2017 in Carthage. Johnson is the defensive coordinator of the team. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Revolution's Eric Johnson is drenched in water after his team won a semi-pro division championship game at Carthage Central High School on Saturday, Sept.  16 2017 in Carthage. Johnson is the defensive coordinator of the team. Revolution won 53 to 6. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Carthage's head coach Sam Milich points at Gaige Orton while delivering a pregame speech at Carthage High School on Friday, Sept.  22 2017 in Carthage.  (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Carthage's head coach Sam Milich points at Gaige Orton while delivering a pregame speech at Carthage High School on Friday, Sept.  22 2017 in Carthage.  (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Jacob Mitchell, 12, exits the St. Lawrence River with his lollipop in hand after jumping into during a Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept.  23 2017 in Clayton. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)

Jacob Mitchell, 12, exits the St. Lawrence River with his lollipop in hand after jumping into during a Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept.  23 2017 in Clayton. (Christian K. Lee/Watertown Daily Times)