I find it helpful to re-edit and evaluate my selects every so often, especially now that I'm 2+ months into my first proper full-time job. This is me taking stock, holding myself accountable, setting new goals, and putting down a marker by which to judge my work in the next two months or the next two years... Here's a mix of photos from an ongoing project (that will hopefully see the light of day soon), some shorter-term stories, and some event/sports images.
On Wednesday, I will be done with university forever, and I'll start a whirlwind four weeks in which I will by some miracle drive solo from New Orleans to Boston, get my degree, pack up my apartment, drive to Chicago, and start my internship at the Chicago Tribune.
So, naturally, instead of doing the last academic school work I'll ever have to do, I've decided to go through a semester worth of photos. These are the photos that didn't make the cut to live anywhere else yet, but that I just can't kill forever.
Louisiana, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C.
Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee, New Years Eve on the Las Vegas Strip, CES 2017, the inauguration, protests, and the Women's March on Washington
Academia - Boston University
This year has been a wild ride, to say the least. As 2016 draws to a close, I decided to give my work from this year one last edit and pick out some of my favorites that didn't quite make the portfolio cut but that I just can't say goodbye to entirely.
It's hard to kill your darlings.
I've separated these picks into three categories that received most of my attention this year with a little room for "other" at the end.
First, politics, because obviously.
The next collection is the work I've done at Boston University this year, which reveals itself as more and more of a community within a community as I explore the nooks and crannies of student life here.
The third edit is of my work from Camp Harbor during the summer and its programs throughout the fall. This is really just an opportunity to reminisce about the beautiful Boston summer that was.
And now, it's time to look forward. In early January, I will be off to Las Vegas to cover CES, and I'm looking forward to photographing the people behind the tech and exploring a new part of the country.
After CES, I am heading to Washington D.C. to cover the inauguration, focusing on the Million Women March.
And then back to my "normal" life for the final semester of my college career, and then...
Thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on Election Day for what they thought would be a celebration. At a cordoned off area outside the Javits Center, upbeat music blasted through the speakers, attendees lined up at food trucks, volunteers passed out American flags, and a big screen television projected Clinton's iconic blue "H" logo.
As results started to come in, the screen played news and commentary. When the news was good for Clinton, supporters cheered and waved their flags in the air.
Speakers, including politicians, celebrities, and activists took the outdoor stage to sing their praises of Clinton and other down-ballot candidates.
The mood changed when Donald Trump began racking up more votes and more states, including some prominent swing states, like Florida, that he had to secure for victory.
The music stopped, and supporters' eyes remained locked on the commentators, who laid out Trump's paths to victory. The venue was mostly silent, interrupted by boo's when commentators discounted Clinton's remaining ability to win.
As the chances became slim, supporters trickled out, but many remained until about 2 a.m, many crying and comforting each other.
Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta came on the screen to announce that she would not be speaking until the next day. "They're still counting votes, and every vote should count., " he said.
The next morning, Clinton made a concession speech at the New Yorker Hotel calling for unity and a continued fight to "break the glass ceiling".
The November Project is a free fitness movement that meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in locations throughout Boston. Though "the tribe", as the group calls itself, has expanded to cities across the U.S. and internationally, it all started in Boston.
It has been a busy month juggling work and final projects and exams, but luckily, this means I've been doing a ton of photo work. Here are some selections of singles and stories from the past weeks:
Midnight Marathon Bike Ride
Approximately 1,000 riders biked the Boston Marathon route beginning at midnight the night before the marathon on April 18 in Hopkington, Mass., and ending at the finish line in Downtown Boston. Riders took photos and chatted at the finish line before heading over to the Boston Common Coffee Co for a pancake breakfast at about 3 a.m.
Israel Indie Freedom Fest
On Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2016, dozens of students attended the Indie Israel Freedom Fest on the Boston University Beach. The event, hosted by Boston University Students for Israel, featured camels, colored powder fights, a silent disco, and traditional food. Partway through the event, Boston Students for Justice in Palestine arrived at the event to protest. They chanted, help signs, and marched around the event.
Over 20 Boston University students from various on-campus organizations competed in the Rhett's Challenge, an eating challenge where participants had to eat a triple bacon cheeseburger, a basket of hand-cut fries, a root beer and an eight-scoop ice cream sundae in thirty minutes on March 29, 2016 in Boston University's Metcalf Ballroom in Boston, Mass. The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity hosted the event which raised money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization.
Video shot and edited with iPhone, stills with a DSLR.
I had the opportunity to cover Marco Rubio's Primary night event on Tuesday in Manchester NH, as the first in the nation Primary results came in, and it was an incredible experience full of unusual characters, passionate supporters, a lot of waiting and watching, and a lot of excitement. Here are my picks from the day:
Until recently, I wasn't a huge fan of shooting sports. I had gotten into a habit of focusing only on Boston University players, and only the action on the court, field or ice, because that was usually what was needed for The Daily Free Press, but now I am shooting sports for features, and therefor I am only on the hunt for stories; action doesn't mean much if there is no story behind it. I shot a great basketball game on Sunday that sparked a renewed interest in sports photography. It was an intense back-and-forth match with significant student support, which is unusual at a school like BU. It was a thrill to try to capture the tangible tension of the game and the excitement of winning.
After the whirlwind that was studying and working abroad in New Zealand last semester and then spending ten days traveling solo in Europe, I wasn't ready to slow down when I arrived back in Boston. I can now say that I have as many jobs as I have classes (four), and I am shooting, editing, formatting, producing and story hunting every single day. I've always loved Henri Cartier-Bresson's quote — "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." It's true with anything, the more you do it, the better you get, so this semester I am taking every opportunity to shoot and therefor improve.
Which brings me to this week, and how I found myself in Farmington, NH, in a high school gymnasium with Donald Trump. Going to school in Boston puts us student journalists in an incredible position to cover history every four years, and especially with the eccentric nature of this election, I am going to take full advantage of being on the doorstep of the country's first primary election. I'm already itching to get back to New Hampshire on voting day, but for now, here are my photos from the Donald J. Trump for President Rally on Monday, Jan. 25.
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"You have no idea how many tourists they pull up from ravines each year," the employee at the outdoor equipment store warned me as a purchased the cheapest sleeping bag and backpack I could find. I was preparing to set off on a six day hike in Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand's South Island. A friend and I were planning on hiking the Abel Tasman Inland Track and then the Coastal Track which connect to form a loop. The Coastal Track is one of the country's nine Great Walks which attract thousands of visitors to national parks every year. Though the 80 kilometers we hiked did not go as planned, they were an unforgettable way to see New Zealand in its rawest form. And I took my camera along for the journey.
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