|Pasteur statue, place de Breteuil.|
Like this: Pasteur statue, place de Breteuil.
I was filming climber Josh Levin on Livin’ Astro 5.14c up at Rumney and after sending that he wanted to compete at the MetroRock Blackout Boulder Brawl so I decided [...]
I was filming climber Josh Levin on Livin’ Astro 5.14c up at Rumney and after sending that he wanted to compete at the MetroRock Blackout Boulder Brawl so I decided to go along for the ride. Josh went on to win the competition as well…
Seen on the streets of New York. Is black the new black?
I’ve been photographing a lot of events at different universities in the past week. Events are long and you take a lot of pictures of a lot of people wearing [...]
I’ve been photographing a lot of events at different universities in the past week. Events are long and you take a lot of pictures of a lot of people wearing nice clothes under weird light. There are always snacks, but you can never eat them in front of people. You’re not hanging off mountains like everybody on your Instagram feed. It’s easy to lose perspective on things and I think the most important advice is just “Do your job!” as Louis CK says. I don’t just mean show up and get the job done, because I already do that, but why not do the job the best anybody has every done that little thing, all the time?
It’s pretty easy to get carried away about how artsy and clever of a 20 year old photographer you are. If you just had the time and the money you could totally best Salgado’s epics, Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s self-portraits, or maybe just live and work in the warm orange California glow of Jake Stangel, taking daily long bike trips up the coast and traveling to Europe a lot. The reality is that I’ve been fully out of school for less time than a lot of photographers I know have waited to be paid by magazines, but still I totally think Wired and Real Simple both just lost my number. Those people worked so hard and so consistently for so long to get where they are.
A lot of my work is for universities and corporate clients. It’s a lot of long events and marketing videos. I put most of my creative passion on personal projects. That’s a fine strategy, but it’s easy for me to lose sight of the value of the jobs I have now. It’s easy to just hang around with my camera gear and get pictures and video that meet the client’s expectations. Photography is challenging as it is. Light changes, people blink, a lot, and you only have so many angles to shoot from.
Last week, I decided to take the Orange Line to a shoot in Jamaica Plain and I was feeling tired and reserved in a very crowded T car. Two high school kids individually came up to me over the course of the trip and asked me if I was a photographer and filmmaker and I was nonchalantly like “yaaa” when I should have yelled “shit, yeah!” They each went on and on about how cool art is and how they have friends that make music or do video game design and how much they want to be artists when they grow up. They asked me about some of my jobs and I was like well I’m not doing anything that cool this week, just an event about college sustainability, one on finance, a bike race, a dental school ceremony, and a charity golf tournament. I thought they would tell me how lame that sounded and how life will get better when my jobs get better, but instead one of them said, “Wow, you get to meet so many people and see so many different things.” It took me a second to realize how right he was.
Every single assignment I’m meeting new people and in totally different situations. I should take all the photos that meet the client’s needs, but there is so much more I could do. I should be taking people aside and setting up portraits whenever possible. I should be getting more personal information from everyone I photograph to improve captions. I should get there even earlier and stay even later. Any chance event or walk down the street could lead to a new connection, new scenario, new test. Why not walk a little further and talk to a few more people? I’m going to be standing there the whole time with my cameras anyway and nobody else is going to run around and take the pictures for me; that’s my job.
Looking back on some of my peers, there are so many opportunities I should have taken advantage of at Tufts. I’ve done a great job constantly practicing exposure, but I’ve never really done the best job reaching out and building my networks and making the most of where I am. I’m trying more and more to work locally for personal projects, but what’s more local then an assignment I’m already at?
My point is, do your job. If you’re a young photographer like me, make every assignment awesome for the client and awesome for you too. If you’re a college student, talk to your professor after class(I know I never did). If you work at a wine bar, drink more wine.
Too bad I’ve only got one assignment left (a beautiful and hip wedding in Belmont) before I head off on a canoe trip down the Connecticut River with my friend Arlin. Tough.
It was amazing to see Boston so focused on cycling this weekend. I was originally planning on just filming the women’s race for a short documentary project I’m working on, [...]
It was amazing to see Boston so focused on cycling this weekend. I was originally planning on just filming the women’s race for a short documentary project I’m working on, but the light was too nice and the architecture too abundant to leave without photographing the men’s pro race as well.
Team UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling won the men’s race with brothers Luke Keough winning and Jake Keough coming in 3rd. Shane Kline (Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis) took second. Full results are up on CyclingNews.
It was wonderful to see Boston come together around bikes. I hope Boston Bikes continues to put on huge events like this.
There were a lot of photographers at the event so I did my best to stay away from everyone else. I had never photographed a bike race before so I had to get creative quickly. I shot with my Nikon 24 2.8, Sigma 35 1.4, and Nikon 70-200 4 and tried my best to run around the course and find unique angles and characters to amplify the racing excitement.
The color wasn’t consistent and I’m pretty sentimental about Boston so I decided to use black and white for this project to focus in on the riders and city architecture.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner… Luke Keough Wins The TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Cycling Race:
Luke Keough is sprayed with champagne by Shane Kline and Jake Keough:
Eliza and I are making a short documentary video piece following one piano as it’s decorated by artist Tova Speter, dropped off on the street for the public to play, [...]
Eliza and I are making a short documentary video piece following one piano as it’s decorated by artist Tova Speter, dropped off on the street for the public to play, and finally used in a special street performance to promote art therapy. It was great to visit as all the artists finished work on their pianos.
Aparna Das, who is focusing her piano art on the history and evolution of ragtime music, finished up work on her piano yesterday afternoon:
Making a plan to finish the piano in time:
Meghann Bridea made her piano into a giant aquarium:
Amanda Baldi has turned her piano into a puppet theater:
Building collapse on Beacon St. in front of Zoe’s Chinese and Mixtura earlier this morning. It appears to just be the facade of Zoe’s. My friends live right across the [...]
Building collapse on Beacon St. in front of Zoe’s Chinese and Mixtura earlier this morning. It appears to just be the facade of Zoe’s. My friends live right across the street from here so I think they are going to have to look elsewhere for Chinese food tonight.
It was a bad morning for this bike, though it looks like it hasn’t been used in a long time.
Farewell summer! The next canoe trip I’ve got lined up is going to be much colder and much more strenuous. Arlin and I are planning on canoeing the whole length [...]
Farewell summer! The next canoe trip I’ve got lined up is going to be much colder and much more strenuous. Arlin and I are planning on canoeing the whole length of the Connecticut River from Quebec to the Long Island Sound.
We happened upon this table:
Playing with dry ice:
More reasons to be a vegetarian:
This is a 3D printed remote controlled boat with cans for flotation. I was impressed.
Playing in the waves on stormy days and sunny days.