Just continuing to share my latest work from my project: JP Neighbors. This last week has been awesome, getting to know my neighbors a little better and making some new work.
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.
This portrait shoot of Anjali Misra was one of my last assignments for late 2017. Anjali who is a senior majoring in brain and cognitive sciences also works as an MIT campus EMT. She was just awarded the Mitchell Scholarship to pursue a masters in public health at University College Cork in Ireland before returning back to the states to pursue her degree in medicine.
These are some outtakes from my time last week with professor Armando Solar-Lezama for MIT News. Solar-Lezama recently earned his tenure after teaching at the school for seven years. His road to MIT was not an easy one but after developing a new computer language called Sketch he was offered to teach at MIT.
It's always fun when you can get your subject to bust out in a little laughter
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.
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.
Here is a collection of portraits I made while covering the demolition derby during the end of the summer.
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.