A Trustee Dinner.

"Sophomore Niloofar Nourbakhsh receives an applause after giving a brief piano performance in front of the Board of Trustees and members of the Senior class at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland Friday, February 24, 2012."

I was lucky enough to get a call to shoot photographs at last week’s Board of Trustees dinner with the Senior Class at Goucher College. I’ve attended several of similar events myself, and I’ve photographed many more. 

They’re always enjoyable, and always bring together an interesting mix of people from different parts of the Goucher world. 

I was there as a photographer for the cocktail party and for some award presentations after dinner, but as per ritual whenever time allows, I wandered off and shot a bit on my own. That probably wasn’t the best idea, as I was so sick that I don’t even think I could see what I was shooting. It was day three of some awful virus.

That’s why I like this one better black and white, dark, and nondescript. It’s kind of how my Dayquil/Nyquil/Advil filled brain was functioning at the time. 

Artwork Photo Shoot: Maryland Institute College of Art

"'Made In China,' an oil on gilded panel artwork by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) student Jennifer Tam, is displayed Sunday, February 19, 2012 at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland."

I’ve been confined to the house and bedridden for the past five days, after I came down with a horrible sickness that came out of nowhere. It was miserable. Heavy cough, headache, chills, hot flashes, muscle soreness, and fatigue rendered me absolutely useless save watching “Pulp Fiction” and hours of CNN. I didn’t go to the doctor’s office, but based on my extensive medical knowledge (not), I’m diagnosing it as the flu. It was easily the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. 

Luckily that’s over, and now that I’m back to feeling close to 100 percent, I’m catching up on all my work from the past week. 

Last weekend, I was called in to do an artwork photo shoot for some of the Seniors at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. I consider myself more of a journalist than an artist, but shooting artwork is certainly a good skill to develop, so I was grateful for the opportunity. 

Documenting the portfolios of nearly twenty students made for a long, tiresome day, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The image you see above is a photograph of one in a series of works that were certainly the most challenging to shoot out of all the work from the day day, but in my opinion also among the most visually stimulating. 

It’s made with gold leaf, which I learned is quite difficult to do justice to in a photograph. We were able to get it right, though, after a bit of tinkering. The piece is by Jennifer Tam. To view more of her work, please visit jenjotam.com.

Ma, Weiss perform recital on violin and piano.

"Violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma and Pianist Lisa Weiss perform a violin/piano recital in the Merrick Lecture Hall at Goucher College Wednesday, February 15, 2012."

The start of 2012 has been very busy for me, so it’s been awhile since I’ve been on the blog. I haven’t been shooting as much as I’d like of late, as I’ve been preoccupied settling all the details for my upcoming move to Boston (more to come soon).

That’s why it felt great to shoot this concert with Violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma and Pianist Lisa Weiss (read: mom) two nights ago. This isn’t a prize winner here, but I felt the need to post and get the blog back up and running.