Photos: Ramblin’ Dan The One Man Band.

Oct. 27, 2012 – Dan Friedman, who refers to himself as “Ramblin’ Dan The One Man Band,” plays music on his “Peace Wave Generator” in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a street performer for over 25 years, and
uses his music to express his desire for world peace. He has played in thirty countries throughout the world. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 27, 2012 – A girl watches Dan Friedman, known as “Ramblin’ Dan The One Man Band,” as he plays music on his “Peace Wave Generator” in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. “I’ve done this all over the world. People are the same everywhere, though. They are curious, you know? They think, ‘”How long can you actually do that and make a living?'” Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 27, 2012 – Dan Friedman, who refers to himself as “Ramblin’ Dan The One Man Band,” disassembles his “Peace Wave Generator” in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Friedman, the elaborate instrument is comprised of items he has collected from his travels. “This music machine takes the energy of music, turns it into peace waves, and broadcasts them to all the trouble spots of the world, thereby attempting to achieve world peace through street music.” Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 27, 2012 – Dan Friedman, who refers to himself as “Ramblin’ Dan The One Man Band,” pushes his fifty pounds of gear after performing in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Friedman was studying botanical sciences as a graduate student at the University of Texas, Austin before dropping out and deciding to become a full-time street performer. “I picked up some street musicians hitch hiking and started jamming with them between classes. I just never came back because we were having too much fun.” Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 27, 2012 – Dan Friedman, who refers to himself as “Ramblin’ Dan The One Man Band,” feeds a parking meter outside the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. “I come in early every day to get my parking spot so I don’t get a ticket. I’ve been here since nine o’clock this morning,” he said. Friedman has lived in a co-op in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the past four years, and makes his living performing on Boston Common and in Harvard Square. Photo by Billie Weiss.

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.

Photos: Head Of The Charles Regatta 2012.

Oct. 21, 2012 – (Left to center) Juniors T.J. Smith and Sam Shaw, Senior James Shovelin, and other members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team carry their racing shell to the launching docks before racing in the 2012 Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 21, 2012 – Members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team huddle around head coach Nick Baker (far right, red hat) before racing at the 2012 Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. “You shouldn’t need any extra motivation today. This is the Head Of The Charles,” said Baker. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 21, 2012 – Members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team place their racing shell into the Charles River before racing in the 2012 Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 21, 2012 – (Top to Bottom) Senior Mark Gannon, Juniors T.J. Smith and Sam Shaw, and Senior James Shovelin of the University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team finish a stroke as they compete in the 2012 Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Oct. 21, 2012 – Junior Sam Shaw (left) and other members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team watch the 2012 Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts before their race. The team arrived at the course five hours before their race began. Photo by Billie Weiss.

I was assigned to shoot a five photo story for my Advanced Photojournalism class about some aspect of the annual Head Of The Charles Regatta, which was held this weekend in Boston.

A good friend rowed for the University of Pennsylvania during his college days, so I was lucky enough to be able to follow their men’s lightweight team around as they competed in the race this year.

Here are the five images I went with. Covering this event was more of a challenge than I anticipated. If you’ve only got one person on your team, you’ve really got to think about where you want to be and what shots you want to end up with. Obviously, you can’t be in more than one place at a time, so it’s important to think about finding a spot along the river that will allow for the best shot.

In this case, that called for lots of walking, but I had a lot of fun and it was interesting to be a part of this event for the first time.

Photos: Powershares Tennis Series comes to Boston.

“Former world No. 1 tennis players Pete Sampras and John McEnroe are introduced during the Powershares Tennis Series match at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, October 19, 2012.”

“Former world No. 1 tennis player Pete Sampras gives an interview during the Powershares Tennis Series match at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, October 19, 2012.”

“Former world No. 1 tennis player Ivan Lendl hits a backhand during the Powershares Tennis Series match at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, October 19, 2012.”

“Former world No. 1 tennis player Jim Courier signs autographs during the Powershares Tennis Series match at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, October 19, 2012.”

I was asked to photograph the Boston leg of the 2012 Powershares Tennis Tour, which brings former World No. 1  tennis players together on the same court in cities across the country. 

In attendance yesterday were Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Jim Courier, who share 33 grand slam titles between themselves. 

A delay in the tennis court surface’s arrival made for a very long night, but as a tennis fan, this was a fun event to shoot. It’s not every day that you get to hang with the best tennis players of all time.

Photos: President Obama Speaks in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“President Barack Obama greets supporters at a campaign event at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, October 18, 2012.”

“President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at a campaign event at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, October 18, 2012.”

“A supporter holds up a campaign sign as President Barack Obama speaks at campaign event at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, October 18, 2012.”

“Supporters await the arrival of President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, October 18, 2012.”

“Supporters await the arrival of President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, October 18, 2012.”

Yesterday, I had the privilege of covering my first Presidential appearance. I haven’t covered politics on a national scale like this before, so I didn’t quite know what to expect as I drove up to the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. That was part of the fun of it.

My access was limited to the media riser directly in front of where President Obama was speaking, so I didn’t have much freedom to roam through the site. Still, I tried to work some different angles a move around to mix things up a bit after I got the head-on shots of the President that I needed. 

All in all, I’m pretty happy with what I got for the first go around. I’d love to continue to work these type of events in the future. Regardless of your political beliefs, being in close proximity with the POTUS is pretty exciting.

Here is a link to my full take from the event on the Boston University News Service photo account. 

Reflections: Year Three in Major League Baseball.

“The visitors dugout at Fenway Park is shown on Opening Day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Season Friday, April 13, 2012.”

Things have finally settled down here at Fenway Park, so I’m using this opportunity to post some thoughts and reflections about my work this season. I said it last year, and I’ll say it again now: what could be better than a summer filled with two of my favorite things in this world, baseball and photography?

At the beginning of the season, I had to choose between coming to Boston or staying in Baltimore. It turned out to be quite a difficult decision, but after being here for just a few weeks, I knew I had made the right choice. 

It was a busy summer. This year, the Boston Red Sox celebrated Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary Season, which was incredible to be a part of. I documented dozens of anniversary events, player appearances, and community outreach programs, and was in the company of Red Sox legends past and present the whole way through. I was also on hand to photograph some exciting non baseball related events, including two Bruce Springsteen Concerts, two Liverpool FC professional football matches, and an appearance by Darth Vader,to name a few. 

I also photographed approximately 40 games at Fenway. Rather than staying in the photo pits for most of the time, this year, I was a nomad. I roamed every corner of this old Park, hunting for good fan features and unique stadium elements. To be completely honest, it was frustrating. Struggling through hoards of fans doesn’t compare to sitting on field level documenting the action. But through it all, I’m absolutely confident that it has made me a much better photographer, and it trained my eye to see things that I wouldn’t have seen before. I’m thankful to have had that experience all year. 

I was recently reassured of the importance of these types of photographs in Baltimore, where I was able to shoot the first Major League Baseball playoff games of my career. Although the Baltimore Orioles weren’t able to win the Division Series, being there to witness playoff baseball in my hometown quickly became one of my best baseball memories. A huge thank you to Todd Olszewski and the Orioles for having me back to shoot. 

What matters most are the people who have made this year so enjoyable. I owe my most sincere thanks to Mike Ivins, the Manager of Photography, for giving me this opportunity, sharing his expertise with me, and telling me straight when I screwed up my flash (Beckett Bowl, ugh). I also owe thanks to all the other photographers, both of the Red Sox and of the Boston press, for their kindness and wisdom. I’m also lucky to be a part of a talented and hard working group of people in the Red Sox organization.

Here is my final portfolio from the season. Take a look if you’d like.

I’m happy to say that I’m staying on at the Red Sox as the Photography Assistant, and I’m working on my Master’s of Journalism at Boston University. Here’s to three seasons!

Playoff Baseball in Baltimore.

“Fireworks explode over Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland as the starting lineups are introduced before game one of the 2012 American League Division Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees Saturday, October 7, 2012. A sold out crowd was on hand for the first playoff game in Baltimore since 1997.”

I can’t post any more photos, but I wanted to include this one just to document working my first Major League Baseball playoff game. 

This was a dream come true for me. Taking photographs for the Baltimore Orioles in a sold out Camden Yards during the first playoff games in Baltimore since 1997 – what could be better?

I was assigned to roam the stadium and hunt for fan and environment features, something I’m very fresh on through my work at Fenway Park this year. 

The energy in the stadium was incredible, and the fans collectively made for great subjects to photograph. 

Most importantly, it was great to see friends at the game as well as old colleagues from the Orioles.

Here’s to more Orioles playoff baseball!

Photos: Bloco Afro Brazil.

“Marcus Santos leads his Brazilian percussion ensemble, Bloco Afro Brazil, as the play at the 2012 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, September 29, 2012.”

“Members of Bloco Afro Brazil, a Brazilian percussion ensemble, play at the 2012 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, September 29, 2012.”

“A boy watches as Bloco Afro Brazil, a Brazilian percussion ensemble play at the 2012 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, September 29, 2012.”

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.

Photos: Saturday music at the Supermarket.

Sept. 29, 2012 – Joe Correia (center), a member of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, shouts while playing the sousaphone alongside his band mates outside of Whole Foods Market on the corner of Edgerly Road and Westland Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. Correia described the band’s musical style as “a fusion of Balkan gypsy funk.” Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 29, 2012 – Members of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band play outside of Whole Foods Market on the corner of Edgerly Road and Westland Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. The band performed as part of a ‘Rock The Vote’ event, and encouraged passers-by to register to vote for the upcoming 2012 elections. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 29, 2012 – Members of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band perform as a shopper enters Whole Foods Market on the corner of Edgerly Road and Westland Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. The band performed outside the store for two hours on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 29, 2012 – Spectators gather outside of Whole Foods Market on the corner of Edgerly Road and Westland Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts as Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band performs as part of a ‘Rock The Vote’ event. The band encouraged passers-by to register to vote for the upcoming 2012 elections. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 29, 2012 – Instrument cases belonging to members of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band are shown outside of Whole Foods Market on the corner of Edgerly Road and Westland Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. The band, which consists of 17 people, is based out of Somerville, Massachusetts. Photo by Billie Weiss.

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