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

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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Moisie River Climbing Expedition

A photo essay and story from my recent Moisie River Climbing Expedition are up over at Huckberry.com. I spent more time on the writing than the photos this time so make sure to read the whole thing.

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My harness is starting to itch and the camera on my neck is weighing on me. We are eleven days into a climbing expedition on the Moisie River and things are getting tense. Mikey Sallade is climbing through scrubby trees above, Mike Veazey is belaying him, and Ri Fahnestock is anchored a few feet below me, waiting.

From my perch, I look out over the river 300 feet below and am overwhelmed by the sweeping immensity of the Quebec landscape. I’ve been having nightmares about the rapids we’ll face in our canoes.

My second camera is tucked under an extra long rope at the bottom of my backpack. We need the long rope for the next pitch. I take out my camera and hang it momentarily around my neck so I can wrestle out the heavy rope. I stuff my camera back in my backpack, focus on flaking the rope, and notice a dark object plummeting into the dark spruce below. Ri only barely dodges the object as it comes barreling by him.

“What was that?” he calls. Rocks fall often on this cliff, but usually with some holler of a warning from above.

“That… was Ian’s camera.” VZ responds.

Continue reading and see more photos over at Huckberry.

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Ice House Pond – Martha’s Vineyard

It’s finally too cold to go swimming.

I decided to look back on a summer at Ice House Pond, a Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank property. Miss these summer evenings already.

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Hanging out underwater with the fishes:

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Getting ready to blast off(photo by Emma Scudder):

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Between Two Islands: Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Diptychs

I’ve started a new project pairing pinhole photographs from the twin islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. I grew up spending a few weeks every summer on Nantucket and now live on the other island. Nantucket is filled with nostalgia for me, while everything on Martha’s Vineyard still feels weird and new.

Something to practice and strive towards:

“Once you see a pair like this, you miss it. It’s only really a sentence.” – Dorothea Lange from Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

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Full night long pinholes of sleep(clockwise from top left, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard).

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