Boston reportage, travel, and adventure photography and filmmaking
photographer and filmmaker based in Boston, Massachusetts

Red Bull Frozen Rush at Sunday River

I shot this series of photos last January as part of a larger potential book project on weird New England winter sports and sort of forgot about them until this week. They didn’t really jump out at me when I shot them and I left the event feeling too cold to feel good about any of the pictures.

It ended up being one of those events that was so crowded that you couldn’t get back to the front if you left. I tried for a few hours before the event to mosey into a better view further up the mountain, but they had done a pretty good job putting up barriers and I reluctantly settled into an OK view of the start/finish line. I bounced on my feet as much as possible to stay warm during the long periods between races.

I think now that my hands and feet are warm again, I was ready to actually look at these pictures and see if there is anything worthwhile. This winter I’m planning on moving forward with the weird New England winter sports theme for a small book.

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Hot Holiday Cocktails for Edible Vineyard

One thing I will definitely miss about living on Martha’s Vineyard is working for Edible Vineyard. They are an awesome company and really care about the photography in the magazine, printing big photo essays on high quality paper. My last story for them was on a series of hot cocktails for the holidays(and cold weather in general).

Hot buttered rum:

HOT BUTTERED RUM

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Hot Buttered Rum

Glögg:

GLÖGG

Hot rosemary toddy:

HOT ROSEMARY TODDY

Hot Holiday Cocktails

 

Farewell to the ferry life

It’s time to say good bye to the ferry commute. I’ve spent the last 6 months commuting back and forth on the Steamship Authority ferries between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard. It’s just a 45 minute boat ride, but add in the 2 hour drive from Boston to the parking lot and then a 15 minute shuttle to the terminal and the journey can seem endless.

At first I loved commuting on the ferry. It’s a romantic idea: a moment’s rest aboard an ocean cruiser with the sun setting over the sound. I’ve taken fantastic ferries all over the world. The whole ordeal morphed into a lonely slog after a few weeks of island life, with a comical number of mishaps.

A whole day’s worth of ferries can be cancelled due to wind. I’ve also taken the ferry to head to a shoot and had the shoot cancelled, wasting more time on a return trip. The main parking lot can be full so you go to the secondary lot, which can also be full, so you have to keep driving to the third.  In the same day, I left a case of beer on the shuttle and forgot $200 worth of prints on the ferry. I always end up sprinting trying to make the boat, lugging heavy camera bags and often missing it. I’ve forgotten my wallet in my car and had to take an extra two shuttle trips to retrieve it, missing a few more boats in the process. The Peter Pan bus to Boston can be full and you have to sit on the floor.

Every successful trip transports you to another world though. To the bustling mainland full of Indian restaurants, concert venues, and photo jobs and to Martha’s Vineyard with it’s comforting pastoral landscape, cozy home, and slow pace. I’ll definitely miss the island charm, but I can always go back and visit. I know the route now.

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Soldier Design Competition for Popular Mechanics

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I’m a pretty big geek and in college I was the president of Engineers Without Borders and majored in Geology. I love geeky stories and was very happy when Popular Mechanics got in touch about a story on a business competition between MIT and West Point to design new technology for the modern soldier.

There were lots of complicated drone products to serve complicated needs like mapping underground passageways and then some really simple products to improve survivability like a better tourniquet.

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Sagamore Hills for The Trust for Public Land

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Every once in awhile a client emails you a dream assignment. For me, a dream assignment doesn’t have to be fancy or on the other side of the globe, it just has to be aligned with my values and something that inspires me. I got that kind of call from The Trust for Public Land to photograph a new property they are working to protect in Hamilton, MA. Autumn was winding down so we scheduled as soon as possible.

As the day neared, the weather wasn’t looking good and they asked if I could come a day earlier(that same day). I received the email while doing some work on Martha’s Vineyard, a mere 45 minute ferry ride, 15 minute bus shuttle, and 2 hour drive from Hamilton. I said yes and grabbed my bags.

We were able to accomplish a lot in a very short period of time, working efficiently with the models. It was the kind of shoot where I just followed the subjects around and never told them to do anything. The Trust for Public Land will use the photos to show people who can’t go to the property, what it feels like to be there and hopefully the images will aid in their fundraising and advocacy work to protect public lands.

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