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.

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. 

Photos: Goucher Opera Workshop performs ‘The Mikado.’

"Students from Goucher College's Opera Workshop class perform a scene from 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Nora Roxie Dennehy performs as 'Yum-Yum' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Kirsten Seibert performs as 'Katisha' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Michael Garman and Jonathan Fredrickson perform as 'Ko-Ko' and 'Pooh-Bah' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Students from Goucher College's Opera Workshop class perform a scene from 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

I shot the Goucher College Opera Workshop’s performance of “The Mikado” or “The Town Of Titipu” last night. Throughout my years at Goucher, I photographed plenty of these performances, but this was the first that I’ve shot since graduating. 

It was nice to be back, and as I watched and made pictures, I kept thinking about those four years. Had I been shooting this last year, I would have gone straight to the library or the newspaper office after it was over for a late night/early morning full of work. It’s quite a difference a year makes.

This production was full of opportunities for great pictures. I haven’t shot anything that was this visually exciting in awhile, so this was a nice jolt of energy that my shooting has needed of late. 

For current Goucher Students in the thick of the end of semester work, I strongly suggest you take a two hour study break tonight and go watch ‘The Mikado.’ I trust you’ll leave feeling refreshed and energized.