Driving Muhammed Ali

If you have showed up at any events in Uptown Columbus, you’ve probably seen Ernest Pough, with his video camera, faithfully capturing the life of our city. Something would feel amiss if we did not see him at an event. But how many of us know he is a retired Taxi Cab driver who met some pretty exciting people over the years?!

Do you have any stories from your taxi driver years?

“Do I?” he laughed, “I met some pretty big stars… Barbara Eden who played in, “I Dream of Jeannie“, and “Patty Duke“, he reached excitingly for his wallet and pulled out these two photos “Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield are two more.”

“I met ’em all. The good, the bad, and the ugly! But I loved getting to know the people!” He reflected after a short pause, “I really do love people.”¬†

To see Ernests’ video work including behind the scenes video of the making of the Need for Speed movie in 2015, visit his Youtube page.

Click here for more images from my conversation with Ernest Pough.

*Hearts of the South is a new photojournalism project by photographer, Christina Paz Photography. Click for more of her pictures, here.*





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