After living in Baltimore my entire life, I moved to Boston last March with two goals: to work for the Red Sox and to go to graduate school. Today, I graduated from Boston University with a Master of Science in Journalism, and it feels pretty darn good. I think I’m done with school for a long, long time.
What a year to be a photojournalist in Boston. It’s been a crazy, roller coaster ten month ride, and from what I gather in conversations with professors within the College of Communication, one unlike any other.
Just thinking about the stories we covered makes my head spin. In the Fall, we were thrown right into the middle of a presidential election, and within days of our first class we’re shooting Obama campaign events, documenting rallies, and covering election night from inside the Mitt Romney headquarters. In the Winter, we’re knee deep in snow, out covering winter storm Nemo. In the Spring, we’re shooting and reporting in the middle of an attack on the Boston Marathon. Between it all, we’re telling the smaller stories: The kite flying fisherman, the one man band, the piano maker, the early morning runners in Boston Common, and the Head of the Charles race to name a few.
In November, our graduate photojournalism class of five students became a class of four, as we lost one of our peers and friends, Chris Weigl. I wish he were here for this day.
It’s hard to make sense of all of that, and I still don’t know if it’s all sunk in yet. What I do know, though, is that given all that’s happened, we’re more prepared to do journalism the right way than anyone else out there. We can cover any kind of story under any circumstances. I’m optimistic about where journalism is now and where it’s going.
Personally, I had a great year, although it was ridiculously busy and, at times, stressful. Trying to balance the work of a full-time student with a job that requires long, odd hours was tough, and I found it difficult to devote equal energy and effort to both school and work. I won’t miss running back and forth between Fenway Park and the COM building through that disgusting Beacon Street parking lot two or three times a day.
What will last, though, are the friends made and the connections solidified. I come out of this program with a new set of skills related to multimedia journalism, but more importantly, with a new network of friends and colleagues. In our world, nothing is more important.
As for my plans from here on, I’m going to continue shooting for the Sox, and continue freelancing on the pro tennis tour and around Boston. We’ll see what life brings.
A huge thank you to the family, friends, professors, and mentors who helped me through this year! I’m a lucky guy. Congratulations to the Class of 2013.
Last night, I covered a community candlelight vigil for Martin Richard, an 8-year-old from Dorchester, Massachusetts who was one of three people killed in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
There’s not much to say here. It’s an incredibly tragic occurrence. This was a beautiful coming together of community, and I’m glad I was there to get these images.
Before the Boston Red Sox home opener every season, Boston’s Mayor, Tom Menino, visits Fenway Park and takes a look at the new additions and upgrades to the ballpark.
This morning, he came for his annual visit, and checked out the park’s revamped Champions Club and Royal Rooters Club. He also took a taste test of the park’s new menu items.
This was particularly timely, as several days ago, Mayor Menino announced his decision not to seek another term in office. It was his last walk through Fenway, if you will.
Happy Pitchers and Catchers day! Here’s where we stand right now at snowy Fenway Park.
Is it Opening Day yet?
I had the opportunity to shoot some basketball this week over at Boston College. The North Carolina Tar Heels were in town, so despite the score, it was an exciting game to shoot.
Here are a few grabs from the game. I haven’t shot basketball in a long time, so it was nice to get back into it.
Friday made for a busy but thoroughly enjoyable day traveling around Boston with Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller and outfielder Daniel Nava.
The first four of these photos are from our visit to the Mather School in Dorchester, where Miller and Nava met with several third grade classes. The final one is from the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, where the two players put on a pitching and hitting clinic for the kids there.
A fun way to finish up the end of last week!
The Boston Red Sox hosted several auditions this past week to begin the search for the next Public Address Announcer of Fenway Park.
The newly chosen announcer will replace Carl Beane, previously the voice of Fenway Park since 2003, who died last year.
Here are a few photos from several Boston Red Sox visits to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston yesterday. The first visit was by newly acquired Red Sox closer, Joel Hanrahan, and the second was by a group of top Red Sox rookie prospects, including Xander Bogaerts of Aruba and Alex Hassan of nearby Milton, Massachusetts.
Former Pittsburgh Pirates closer, Joel Hanrahan, arrived at Fenway Park today to take a tour of the stadium and address the Boston media for the first time as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Above are some Red Sox images from the appearance.
Here are a few images from Shane Victorino’s first appearance at Fenway Park as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Is it baseball season yet?
I shot several events over the weekend as the Boston Red Sox recognized Veteran’s Day. The first was a visit to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans of Boston, where we volunteered by serving dinner and displaying the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies.The second was a military brunch at Fenway Park recognizing the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
These were both great events, and I was honored to be a part of them. It’s nice to see how baseball can bring people from other walks of life, such as the military, together.
A bit late, but people still seem to be in the Halloween spirit, so here are a some photos from Trick-or-Treat night at Fenway Park.
I was wandering around the Public Gardens in Boston last weekend and came across the One Man Band. I’ve seen him around before, but had never taken the time to stop and watch him.
I happened to catch him at the end of his day’s work, so I stayed and chatted with him for a long time. He’s got quite an interesting story, which is played out in the captions above.
Thanks to Dan for letting me tag along.
These aren’t prize winners by any means, but I wanted to post them anyway just for the sake of putting something out there that wasn’t baseball related. I spent some time shooting the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival on Saturday, and stumbled onto this Brazilian percussion ensemble which I hung with for a while.
It always feels good to shoot something different after covering the same thing day in and day out. It’s also a bit of a challenge, which I love. It makes you think in ways that you haven’t had to in a long time.
Here is my second five photo story for my Advanced Photojournalism class at Boston University. On Saturday afternoon, I set out down Mass. Ave in Boston to cover the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.
It’s funny how things work out sometimes, though. On my walk there, I heard some loud music coming from across the street. Naturally, I figured that it was the beginning of the Jazz Festival area, but as it turns out, I found nothing more there than a Whole Foods Market – and a 17 member band playing funky music right outside of it.
This isn’t something you see every day, so I stuck around for awhile. I think it made for a neat little story. Although this was technically a Rock The Vote event, I tried to focus more on how the band interacted with the every day shoppers that passed in and out of the store. It was interesting to see the varying reactions. Some people stopped everything they were doing and watched the band. Others walked in and out of the store with their shopping bags and carts as if nothing was different. I tried to convey that in some of these images.
I think this could have worked nicely as a multimedia piece as well. If you’d like to get a feel for the type of music that Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band was playing, click here.