AJC journalist’s photo chosen as Time’s ‘Top 100 Photos of 2019’

Two-year-old James Gambill of Cartersville navigates his way through Georgia lawmakers as he waits for his father, Rep. Matthew Gambill, to be sworn in.

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Two-year-old James Gambill of Cartersville navigates his way through Georgia lawmakers as he waits for his father, Rep. Matthew Gambill, to be sworn in.

Alyssa Pointer’s January photo of a child navigating the halls of the Georgia State Capitol brings a tender, bite-sized perspective of life on the first day of the Georgia legislative session.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution photojournalist is among the elite group of international journalists whose photos Time magazine considers the Top 100 Photos of 2019. The venerable magazine selects images from across the globe that have uniquely captured compelling moments.

“A single image can be a symbol — a National Park vandalized during the government shutdown,” the editors of Time magazine wrote for their article. “A single image can be information — the fickleness of a tornado, in the scar left across a green Ohio field by a traveling roof. The truth is, 193 years after the first known permanent photograph was made, a single image can be any number of things. In our annual unranked selection, we’re going with 100.”

Pointer said as a natural “people watcher,” she is always intrigued by snapping the quiet moments that are not often under the microscope. When she took the photo of little James in his overalls at the Capitol, she wanted to show a slice of life for the little guy and the busy legislators.

I was hoping to make use of the gorgeous morning light that was beaming from the windows. I saw James, dressed in his unique overalls, from the corner of my eye and decided to follow him. James walked up to a man, interacted with him and then walked back to his mother. I shot a few frames, asked his mother for his name and then continued with my day. I like this image because it is a slice of life. To me, it's simple yet engaging." — Alyssa Pointer

The Western Kentucky University graduate said she was “excited and thankful” her work was selected by Time magazine. Pointer has captured feature and breaking news photos for the AJC, Louisville Courier-Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Take a deeper look at Pointer's work here.

For the entire list of the Top 100 Photos of 2019, visit https://time.com/2019-photos/.