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Clay Jackson is chief photographer for the Advocate-Messenger. That’s him in the blue shirt, getting up close and personal with University of Kentucky basketball player Marquis Estill.

When he isn’t shooting tobacco stripping, sports, fires, sports, billy goats or more sports, Jackson sneaks in an artistic shot of what he sees in Central Kentucky. This blog is a record of his life here – through the eye of the lens.

His better half is Lesley Jackson. She tends to him, their dog, Casey, and their vicious cat, Trudy. They call Danville home.

Jackson hails from the Peach State. He left there for Western Kentucky University in 1992. After graduating with a degree in photojournalism he made his way to Danville through Lexington.

His work has appeared in Washington Post, New York Post; Christian Science Monitor; USA Today; Weekly Reader; “Week in Photos” on MSNBC.com; String Music, an SEC basketball book; NYC, work from the prestigious Eddie Adams photo workshop; and, of course, the Advocate-Messenger.

He has been honored with awards from the Kentucky Press Association, Wedding Photojournalism Association and Kentucky News Photographers Association.

  1. thomas thornburg
    August 10, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    I loved the recent photo of Danville Main Street at dusk, with the firetruck. I use it as my screenshot here at UNC Chapel Hill. Numerous folks have commented on how nice a photo it is. I’m pretty sure that was your photo from the AM, but I can’t tell for sure right now. Thanks, as usual.

  2. Rick Hawthorne
    September 25, 2006 at 10:14 am

    How would someone get in touch with you regarding a January wedding for photographer. Could not find anything on your site that would indicate a contact number. Thanks,


  3. Erin Gary
    April 1, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Wow! Simply stunning photos! We are in need of a wedding photograher for our June 15th wedding at Locust Grove in Louisville. Are you available then? If so, what are your rates?

    Thanks so much!

    Erin Gary

  4. Owen Smiley
    May 5, 2007 at 2:51 am


    It’s great to see the photos you post… living in LA, it’s awesome to see an artistic piece of home. Great job!


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