Atlanta-based freelance photographer Kevin Liles, an alumnus of Clayton State University, is blogging from an assignment in Sochi, Russia, the host of the controversial 2014 Winter Olympics.
Mr. Liles has worked on newspapers around Georgia and has had photos appear in national publications like The New York Times and USA Today. He is currently on assignment for the latter. He graduated from Clayton State in 2011 with a degree in communication and media studies.
So far, a personal blog about his Russian experience includes photos of Olympic venues andworkers in a variety of settings as they ramp up preparations for the event.
Russia’s extravagant spending – in excess of $50 billion to date – has been under the microscope in the run-up to the Games, particularly because some experts worry that despite the gleaming venues, security preparations have been insufficient.
Some gay rights groups have also called for a boycott of the games over Russian laws that make it illegal to disseminate information about homosexuality to minors. They argue that the law has been used to justify human rights abuses.