A very brief but overdue visit to Sarkin Island--more work and at long last a video as well to come . . .
Down in New Bedford I spent an afternoon learning about Reinaldo's childhood, a car accident that nearly left him dead as a kid with a shortened arm and difficulties breathing turned somewhow into a career in boxing, and his plans for the future.
An all too brief of a visit as springtime continues to show signs with Jon up at his studio on Main Street in Fishtown as the morning clouds gave way to a deep blue sky.
With her father, Ron in her corner as well as Somerville Boxing Club's George, it was a night filled with a looseness that fits her character to a T and a tight focus as Rashida won her Golden Gloves match.
It was a difficult night in Lowell--brimming with optimism and meeting boxing legends such as the "Irish" Mickey Ward while waiting for the fights to begin turned to seeing Kenny lose his first match. It's not easy watching people you've grown to care for take punches. I photographed while flinching and fearing for his wellbeing. I was also given the opportunity to start documenting Keith's path.
The dynamic duo of Jakob & Fernanda White fuse American and Chilean cuisine in a beautiful open space on Union Street in Newton.
Spending an afternoon with Vittorio (owner/chef of Trattoria Orsini) originally from Luca, Italy, reminded me why I love Italian food and the personalities that come from the country. Vittorio accommodated me as I spent my time photographing, telling stories of our past, and, of course, eating. A bonus was meeting Alfie, Vittorio's long time right hand man.
Stepping into Bill's apartment was like walking onto a meticulously orchestrated film set. My intentions of photographing Bill as he sketched went quickly out the window as we incorporated not only the visual wonders of his surroundings but his boyfriend, Hogan, a fashion designer, and Bill's jewelry partner Jamie. As with all my favorite projects I have merely scratched the surface of this artist's talents and the world(s) he creates.
Sometimes, an assignment can go side ways and the only thing to do is to follow. Spending time this winter with Saad, & his son Hussein who came over from Iraq through Egypt about 14 years ago will hopefully start a project I've long wanted to do on refugees in America.
Driving down to a South Shore in Massachusetts in early November I had the opportunity to document Kenny's Ascent through the amateur boxing as his quest to turn pro comes closer and closer.
On a cloudy day in November I drove to the town of Hanover and got to spend time with some of my favorite people who live and study at the Cardinal Cushing Centers. I only wish I stayed longer and got to interact with more and more of the students and residents. Here is the list of the incredible characters I got to portraits of: Daniel, Selena, Sophie & Sophie, Emma, Jai'lyn, Matt, Justin, Matt, Maya, Jonathan, Michael, Raymond, Orion, Joe, Michael, Ja'Kahrie, & Preston, thanks guys!
. . . something happens to one's imagination. An all too quick visit to Sarkin Island on Main Street in Gloucester. . . & finding a Jeff Weaver mural for Jon to pose with.
It's hard to put into words the inspiration I found while taking portraits of the kids at The Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover. I originally had the idea that their rooms would tell the individual story lines but as I wondered around what feels like a campus or small town I quickly realized that the arc of their tales should be told by what makes their day to day lives so unique. Here's a start or a sketch of a greater idea to come . . .
One of the greatest privileges of being a photographer is the access I'm granted to see the world from the inside out. Spending close to three hours documenting the Fishtown Horribles Parade as Congressman Seth Moulton campaigned was extraordinary. Please visit the main site to see a glimpse of the thousands of faces he passed through on the streets of Gloucester:
May 15th, 2016 at the Wenham Museum's Pathways of Patriots Speaker Series I had the honor of taking portraits of Veterans of WW II, Vietnam, Iraq, & Afghanistan. The greatest moments for me having little to do with the portrait but of having the chance to hear their stories. Please visit the Museum and experience all the great work they are doing :
And visit my site to find more portraits:
Across the street from King's Beach in Swampscott at G Bar & Kitchen. Gregg Brackman has become well known for the dishes he serves. Here's a sneak peak from new photos being created for his website.
Although there's nothing like a completely manually focusing camera (with an almost non-existent menu system—my Leica M9), it finally became clear to me that I couldn't afford to grow within a Leica system. For a couple of weeks I borrowed a Fuji Xpro1 from the Smithsonian artist Rick Ashley (http://notrickashley.com) and forced myself to learn many of the features it has to offer and see if I could make the switch from Leica to Fuji once the new model was available. Luckily I found out quickly what makes the Xpro2 system unique to the mirrorless cameras: the option between a an optical viewfinder (OVF) and an electronic viewfinder (EVF). Try as I will, I can't stand looking at the world through an EVF. This has automatically ruled out other mirrorless cameras such as Sony, Olympus, and even other Fuji cameras like the XT1. The camera has filled in the exact same spots I used the Leica for: it's always on me picking up the kids, taking the dog for a walk, getting groceries, etc.. In addition, because of its intuitive handling and fast autofocus it comes along on newspaper assignments (fits in perfectly with 2 Canon DSLRS), and is also a wonderful fit on portrait shoots when I use the Pentax 645D medium format system.
Living in New England I love the confidence I have with full weather sealing. Walking out the door in a snowstorm? No problem. I love the dual SD card slots: I shoot RAW to one card and JPG (with one of Fuji's wonderful film simulators). The world looks fantastic through the OVF and keeps me as close as possible to the rangefinder experience the Leica gave me. Image quality is dynamic and very close to a full frame sensor output. Things they could improve? The diopter seems to be easily thrown out of whack and so does the exposure compensation dial. I like the ISO control but it's a little tricky to dial if you are moving fast. I would also love to see them offer lenses like the 16 1.4 as a 16f2 to keep the lenses small. Where would I like to see Fuji go with their next incarnation of this camera? Not sure right now; I'm too busy enjoying a camera that feels intuitive and definitely encourages me to do what I like most: take photos! #fujixpro2 #fuji35f2
Blogging allows me
Photographing the band started on an incredibly windy evening on Willow street filled by rush hour traffic in Lynn; moving to Buchanan Cafe on the corner of Western & Easter Avenue (special thanks to Chuck and Sophia).
Jean-Jacques on a snowy Marblehead street