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.
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
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.
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.