Learning To Be Vulnerable | NPR

This was a fascinating but difficult to illustrate story that I worked on for NPR’s Invisibilia podcast. The basic premise of this piece was that through learning new behaviors, you could change old/current ones. Tommy Chreene spent his career working on offshore rigs, where asking questions was seen as a sign of weakness. Faced with being moved to a massive new offshore rig, the crew were sent to classes to talk about their feelings. They scoffed at the idea, but the results surprised them. Listen to the full piece here.

On a personal note, Tommy was easily one of the most genuine people I’ve ever had the privilege of photographing. After we were done making pictures, we sat and talked for a bit and shot the shit. He had an out of tune guitar laying around that he said he wanted to learn to play on. I tuned it and strummed some songs and we both laughed and talked more. He offered me a beer but I declined because I had to drive three hours back home.

I wish I could have accepted that beer, and I hope there’s a next time.

 

Tommy Chreene poses for a portrait on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016 with his horse, named Lady. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene poses for a portrait on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene walks on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene walks on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene poses for a portrait on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016 with his horse, named Lady. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene poses for a portrait on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016 with his horse, named Lady. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016 with his horse, named Lady. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016 with his horse, named Lady. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Deer antlers on the property of Tommy Chreene in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Deer antlers on the property of Tommy Chreene in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene feeds cows on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

Tommy Chreene feeds cows on his property in Meaux, Louisiana on June 13, 2016. Chreene spent 38 years working on offshore oil rigs. While working on the Ursa oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Chreene participated in a program designed to get the workers to open up emotionally with one another. Going through the experience resulted in an 84% decline in accident rate and the level of productivity in terms of barrels of oil and efficiency exceeded the industry’s previous benchmark.

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