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Lake Memphremagog Winter Swim – Newport, Vermont

Phil White organizes some pretty epic events way up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I heard about the Memphremagog Winter Swim last year and really wanted to photograph it as part of my New England Winter Games project. Everyone was smiling before they went in the water and there was a great culture and community feel to it, even with an international group of swimmers. Such a fun day to be a photographer.

The lake, which is mostly in Quebec, allegedly has a serpent which has been sited occasionally for the past 200 years.

White puts on events to help bring tourists to the area throughout the year. He had a setback this January when his truck went through the ice while plowing for the speed skating marathon. The truck was named Rolling Thunder and White escaped without injuries.

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Volunteers helped keep the water moving in between races to prevent ice from forming:

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Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Lake Memphremagog Winter Swimming - Newport, Vermont

Portraits of MIT Seniors

I have been working with the MIT News Office to create portraits of seniors for a series of homepage stories. I’ve really enjoyed scouting out the campus and wandering through robotics labs and costume shops to find interesting portrait locations.

Special thanks to Hadley Green for assisting on all the shoots.

University Portrait Photography

University Portrait Photography

University Portrait Photography

University Portrait Photography

University Portrait Photography

11/18/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Larissa Senatus in front of the Stata Center on November 18th, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

11/18/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Larissa Senatus in Eastman Court on November 18th, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

11/18/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Larissa Senatus in front of the Media Lab at 20 Ames Street on November 18th, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

11/18/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Larissa Senatus inside the Maclaurin Building on November 18th, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

12/02/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Sami Alsheikh outside the Stata Center on December 2nd, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

12/02/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Sami Alsheikh in the Rogers Building on December 2nd, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

12/02/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Sami Alsheikh in the CSAIL office in the Stata Center on December 2nd, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

12/02/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Portrait of MIT senior Sami Alsheikh in the CSAIL office in the Stata Center on December 2nd, 2015. (Ian MacLellan for MIT News)

San José Villanueva, El Salvador for Epilogos

I spent the last week traveling around San José Villanueva filming a documentary with Casey Atkins for Epilogos Charities. I did a trip 10 years ago with Epilogos and it was really interesting to return to the same families and streets after so much time has passed. The biggest difference has been the drastic increase in gang violence all around El Salvador and it’s now considered the “the homicide capital of the world.” We had armed guards with us much of the time and when we went near the borders of rival gangs the mayor sent along local police and federal military to ensure our safety. Ten years ago, I was able to wander around by myself.

Epilogos was founded by Mike + Susie Jenkins, a truly wonderful couple that met and married while in Peace Corps in El Salvador 50 years ago. Their wedding was a huge deal with the El Salvadoran President and US Ambassador in attendance. After working in New Hampshire, they retired 14 years ago and moved back to San José Villanueva. People still remembered their wedding from 36 years prior and they quickly got to work starting Epilogos and rebuilding friendships and connections in the town. Working with the local community, government, and catholic church, their non-profit weaves its way into every part of the community including: electricity, education, health, dental, clean water, clean stoves, arts, and small business projects. We were there filming their story as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the same church they were married in.

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Winter Wandering Around New England

Winter is always my favorite time of year to explore New England. I’m about to leave the sub-zero temperatures and shoot in balmy El Salvador for a week so I thought I’d look back on the season so far.

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Newborn lamb in Loudon, NH:

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Revisiting old fields from my high school days in Groton, MA:

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Surfing at Rye Rocks:

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Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

Rye Rocks Winter Surfing

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Testing out the pinhole camera with 4×5″ polaroid instant film:

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Filming in Sandwich, NH for a short documentary on climate change and maple syrup:

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Burning the christmas tree in Nahant, MA:

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Fire in Turners Falls, MA:

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Drumlin Farm:

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Morning commute in Ayer, MA during the first snow:

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Fitchburg, MA:

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Audi Urban Solutions in Somerville

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