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

Winter Storm Juno in Boston

I went for a casual 14 mile walk around Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston this morning to check out the start of the storm. It was no Nemo, but had some mighty winds. Still a bunch more snow to come.

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Weekly Print Sale

I’ve started a new weekly project to force me to make prints and to move more prints into new homes. Every Monday in 2015, I’m going to print a new edition of 4 11×14″ or 10×10″ prints and sell them here for $20. Just 4 weeks in, I’ve already learned a lot about the printing process, how to confidently use a paper cutter, where to source wax paper bags and mailers from, and which post offices have the nicest staff.

Here is week 4, available now:

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2014 Year In Review

When I finished my 2014 daily photograph project on December 31st, I expected to feel a sigh of relief at accomplishing something. Every day I picked up my DSLR and took a picture that represented a portion of my life and how I feel. It’s a project that pushed me to go for more walks, bike rides, and to drive the scenic way home, which kept me moving and photographing the people and things around me. Taking and posting a photo a day didn’t change my life or make me famous though.

Nantucket Moors Trees at Sunrise

The biggest effect has been an increased sense of daily structure, which helps a lot when you’re a freelancer. The year ended and the daily routine is cemented in my life, like flossing my teeth or playing Big Boggle, I go take new pictures every day. It’s a routine that’s helped spawn other more ambitious side projects. This year, I’m making a portrait of every person that comes to my new apartment in Cambridge. The photos are being hung up in my kitchen as a little photo show. I’ve also started an additional weekly project, selling a new limited edition print every Monday. This project pushed me to get a printer and paper cutter and now I print everything. Prints for everybody!

Steward Healthcare Photography Boston Medical Hospital

Earth Sky Time Farm

I’ve been extremely lucky this year with new editorial and commercial opportunities when I joined up with Minder Productions and continue to be supported by Wonderful Machine as well. I’ve traveled to new parts of the continent thanks to a 3 week climbing and canoeing expedition in Northern Quebec, a marathon in San Francisco, 6 months of island living, a furniture photography assignment in the California desert, a climbing road trip with friends down south, visiting my high school poetry teacher in the woods of Southern New Hampshire, and a visit to the Austin Whole Foods. I’ve reached out to new clients with my first postcard series, had my first billboard, and learned how to photograph in the coldest weather New England has to offer.

Tufts Marathon Team at the 118th Boston Marathon

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On to the next year, when I hope to print my first real book, not use technology before bed, build a larger client base, hang out with a new nephew, write more, and maybe swim the Amazon.

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I’ve also got some technical advice for others who might pursue a 365 project:

1. Seven months into the project, my old website was hacked and I was at a crossroads: I could either rebuild my old website or start fresh with a new platform. I chose to start fresh and switched over to Photoshelter, which was a great platform until Day 250, when Photoshelter caps your gallery size and doesn’t show more photos. I was too busy to re-upload and organize my photos on a third platform so just threw in the towel and used an extremely lackluster Archive page. I’ve learned a lot from this experience and switched over to a Tumblr page for 2015 that shouldn’t get hacked or technically fail(fingers crossed).

2. Halfway through the year I started saving my files with DayXXX_ before the filename and kept a high res copy in a special folder on a hard drive and separate online backup. I wish I had done this earlier on so I wouldn’t have to keep searching for the earlier files. Organize from the beginning!

3. Simple rules for what’s a day. I start and stop at midnight.

Night Ice Climbing at the Auburn Ice Canyon

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Here’s my favorite poem this year:

Presto by Henry Walters from Field Guide: A Tempo

Let’s play for real this time, I mean it, no matter what,
the first one to speak is It, & after that it’s the thing you
say that’s It, alright, but after that, it’s the way you say
whatever you say that’s It, that’s it, no matter what time
it is, at school, or recess, if the teacher talks, it’s how she
talks that’s It, & even at dinner, or taking a bath, or if
you’re asleep, let’s say, if you talk in your sleep & I hear
you & it’s like you’re talking to men on the moon, that’s
it, you’re talking to men on the moon, alright, no matter
what, if you’re wearing clothes or not if you’re happy or
sad or not, I mean it, or if you’re talking like you’re dead
that’s it you’re dead, alright, or if you’re dead for real, let’s
say, & it’s like you’re talking to me that’s it you’re talking to
me, no matter what, & if tomorrow if I talk like you that’s
it I’m talking you, alright, I mean it, no matter what, for
real this time.

I’m going to end this look back with a series of backs:

C Pond in Western Maine

Nova Star Ferry

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Steward Healthcare Photography Boston Medical Hospital

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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