Good is Winning: On Tour with Pope Francis

by Aimee Davis
Marketing Enthusiast

"Throughout time, a knot has been used to symbolize tension and struggle," writes Jeremy Cowart, arguably the most influential photographer on the Internet. "The undoing of a knot symbolizes freedom from these burdens—a release of pressure."

Cowart knows pressure, and he understands knots, both spiritually and in his workflow. As a celebrity photographer, Jeremy Cowart is no stranger to feeling the pressure to create beautifully artistic pictures that document the lives of some pretty talented people. (Kelly Clarkson, Reba McIntyre and John Schneider, to name a few). But never in his wildest dreams did he think he would be asked to visually record such a cultural and historic event as when he was asked to follow Pope Francis on his first trip to the US.

For one week in September, Jeremy chronicled Pope Francis’ every move, from Mass to political meetings, during his trip along the Eastern seaboard from New York City to Philadelphia.  As the sole photographer on assignment with the Pope, he had access that no one else had and was able to document it all on social media with the hashtag #GoodisWinning. “For just a few minutes, I had exclusive access to the Pope for an event that wasn't on the official agenda. None of the media knew about it. I was honored,” recalled Jeremy.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so Jeremy was adamant about his gear.  He knew the shoot was going to be fast and difficult, so he used his Canon 5DS or iPhone 6s Plus (yes, his phone) for capture. And to keep the resulting—and sacred—images safe, he relied heavily on G-Technology, specifically his G-DRIVE ev RaW drives. When he returned to his hotel room at the end of each long day, he backed up every last image. No pressure. No difficulty. 

In the end, Jeremy was able to shed his always positive and creative light on the situation, capturing the Pope’s tour in a way that cements the fact that good things are happening in the world today. Especially in light of the fact that what we typically see on the news isn’t.  “No words will ever be able to convey how hard it was to get these photos of the Pope. Nothing I've ever done even comes close….In just three short days, I collected so many stories to share with my kids one day. It’s unreal.”