Photojournalism

Flashes of Hope

Over the last few years I have worked with an organization called Flashes of Hope that hires photographers on a volunteer basis to photograph sick children in Boston area hospital. I have photographed many children with life-threatening diseases, but no matter what the situation was, it has always been an amazing sight to see just how strong and resilient these children (and their parents) are in sometimes, the most dire of circumstances. 

A couple of days ago I felt very privileged to witness an event I had never seen before while doing this kind of work. A little girl was given the news that she was finally well enough to go home after undergoing a major medical procedure. 

Most of the children I photograph are usually too sick to move out of their beds, but this little girl was quite the exception and I certainly got my workout trying to keep up with her when only month's ago she could barely walk.

The nurses surprised her with streamers strewn across her hospital room door way she got to run through to mark her triumphant leave 

What made this shoot also kind of special was that this little girl had received over 3,500 get well cards since Christmas from complete strangers after her desire for Christmas cards got out in the news over the holiday season.

That smile and infectious little voice filled with laughter certainly made my day.

 

 

 

Portraits of Isabella Pecorari for MIT News

Isabella Pecorari, a senior at MIT who is an aspiring med student began her fascination with science with an insatiable interest in biology. She is now working with several organizations around campus helping people with brain injuries and working with a student-run organization called, Peer Ears in which under Pecorari's leadership hosts dorm-wide study breaks that addresses common mental health issues students in college face. After a horse riding accident in her sophomore year in college left Pecorari in the hospital with a broken back in five different places, she had a new respect for being a patient and wants to become a doctor after graduation this year from MIT.

Portraits of Yazmin Guzman for MIT News

I got to learn a little bit about Yazmin Guzman after spending time with her during a portrait session for MIT News recently. This MIT dual bachelors and masters program major in urban studies and education is determined to change the academic landscape to provide educational opportunities to all K-12 students. She holds her Mexican heritage close and hopes to bring her past experiences with language and socio economic inequalities she saw as a student in elementary school and continues to see today to effect positive change as a teacher. Here is the story

Philosopher Cornel West at MIT: "Speaking Truth to Power!"

I had the distinct pleasure of photographing philosopher Cornel West for MIT News last week. His fiery rhetoric and insight into the dysfunction our current and past government leaders as seen through the lens of our academic institutions gave me a lot to think about within the sphere of social activism. 

New portrait work for BU Today

I recently got to spend a little time in BU's new Build Lab with Gerald Fine, who leads, and helped create, ENG’s Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC),  and has been named executive director of Innovate@BU, a $20 million University-wide initiative giving all students the opportunity to engage in solving real-world problems and hands-on innovation.

New work for Sappi Fine North America

I was commissioned recently to photograph a tour for Sappi Fine North America paper company for their annual sustainability report as some of the company's executives walked through one of their site locations in North Falmouth, Maine. Working with this company over the last few years I have learned just how committed they are to educating the public about their involvement with the foresters they partner with that maintain these lands in an effort to maintain forest health while generating revenue.

Billy Ndengeyingoma for MIT

I recently photographed Billy Ndengeyingoma for MIT News on a profile piece about the civil engineer turned urban planner who is seeking to improve affordable housing in Africa and more specifically in his home city of Kigali, Rwanda. Billy is certainly an inspiring guy that is already using his education from MIT to give back to his community. 

Bluegrass On The Bogs

Last weekend I attended the Bluegrass on the Bogs festival (in one of the most unlikely of places) in Hanson, MA. I had never attended a festival like this one and never associated the Northeast with bluegrass music, but was certainly curious after my father casually mentioned a few weeks ago that he was going to camp out on Camp Kiwanee where the festival was being held. I thought it would be a great chance to make some portraits of some of the musicians and fans of the genre alike.

What I found was a group of people that had a lot of heart for a much overlooked genre of music.

 Here is a small handful of some of the portraits made. 

 Bill Kobin, guitarist: "To tell you the truth I hate bluegrass, but I play country though. I'm old, I play old country!"

Bill Kobin, guitarist: "To tell you the truth I hate bluegrass, but I play country though. I'm old, I play old country!"

 Gwen Holbrow, bassist for her band, Moonshine Alley: " I love bluegrass! It's so emotional, the lyrics, the tunes; it's about love, death and substance abuse."

Gwen Holbrow, bassist for her band, Moonshine Alley: " I love bluegrass! It's so emotional, the lyrics, the tunes; it's about love, death and substance abuse."

 Keith Barrette, mandolin player for Highway's End. "I'm on a short road to making some noise and idiomatic to playing mandolin."

Keith Barrette, mandolin player for Highway's End. "I'm on a short road to making some noise and idiomatic to playing mandolin."

 Amber Wakley, managing member of Chili Bros. Traveling Medicine Show. "I always feel like bluegrass hits between my stomach and my heart, it makes me so happy."

Amber Wakley, managing member of Chili Bros. Traveling Medicine Show. "I always feel like bluegrass hits between my stomach and my heart, it makes me so happy."

 Jack Meserve, guitar player for Class Action Suits: "Music is a big part of life; it's just something you have to make room for."

Jack Meserve, guitar player for Class Action Suits: "Music is a big part of life; it's just something you have to make room for."

 Rennie, bluegrass fan: "I'm a listener, my son is the musician, bluegrass is my favorite kind of music."

Rennie, bluegrass fan: "I'm a listener, my son is the musician, bluegrass is my favorite kind of music."

 Whitney Randolph, banjo player for, Miners Creek: "I've been playing for 5 years, so I'm pretty new at it. For me bluegrass is a return to roots. I have a lot of Scots Irish in my blood."

Whitney Randolph, banjo player for, Miners Creek: "I've been playing for 5 years, so I'm pretty new at it. For me bluegrass is a return to roots. I have a lot of Scots Irish in my blood."

Breakthrough Boston: Day In The Life

I was hired to photograph the Breakthrough Boston program in an effort to document a day in the life of students and teachers at Dorchester Technical High School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. This summer school program is designed for helping at risk kids get a leg up on their education in better preparation for their regular schooling. I was impressed with the enthusiasm and vigor both students and teachers showed throughout the day.

Breakthrough Boston: The Students and Teachers

I was hired to photograph the Breakthrough Boston program in an effort to document the students and teachers at Dorchester Technical High School. This summer school program is designed for helping at risk kids get a leg up on their education in better preparation for their regular schooling. I was able to take a break from documentary coverage to make some portraits of the students and teachers. Special thanks to Javier Romero for assisting me on the shoot.

Demolition Derby at the Marshfield Fair

 In addition to the annual Marshfield Fair the demolition derby will often bring out thousands throughout the week to enjoy the spectacle and  sometimes death defying action the derby can bring. Working with JM Productions Inc. I spent some time covering the derby and the racers before the event.