Photo: Prudential Center Lit Up For Super Bowl.

I was driving down Memorial Avenue in Cambridge as I was on my way to shoot a gig Saturday night when I saw the Prudential Center lit up like this on Super Bowl Sunday eve. I had the cameras in the car, so decided to pull over and set up a quick photo. It wasn’t the outcome New Englanders wanted for the game, but at least now it’s baseball season. 

Video: Chinatown.

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I produced this short multimedia scene piece of Boston’s Chinatown as an assignment for the Multimedia for Photojournalists graduate course I’m enrolled in at Boston University.

The rules were simple: Show up to Chinatown in the morning, shoot at least five still photos and at least 30 seconds of video, record some natural sound, and put it all together. This was primarily an exercise to ensure good video and sound quality while shooting with a DSLR, so we weren’t required to find a story, per se.

I found as I was editing this, however, that the journalist in me automatically tried to turn it in to one. It’s obviously not a complete story, but I think there’s at least some narrative to it at the most basic level.

I’m pleased with how it turned out. I’m making video and multimedia my big push this year, so I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, questions, and criticisms!

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: Early Morning on Boston Common.

“A woman exercises under a tree in the Public Gardens the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A man walks through the Public Gardens the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A man walks through Boston Common the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A homeless man sleeps on Boston Common the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Joggers run through Boston Common the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A man exercises on Boston Common the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“An exercise group does an early morning workout on Boston Common Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A couple walks toward the tennis courts on Boston Common the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A member of an early morning workout group stretches on Boston Common Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A man walks past the ‘Make Way For Ducklings’ statue in the Public Gardens the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Walkers pass through the Public Gardens the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Dogs play with each other on Boston Common the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A cyclist speeds through Boston Common the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A hawk perches in the Public Gardens the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Three women sit on a bench in the Public Gardens the morning of Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

For my Advanced Online Journalism class at Boston University, I was assigned to make a 15 photo story about some aspect of early morning life in Boston. 

This morning, I chose to wake up before sunrise and head out to Boston Common to see what was going on. Here are my images from the excursion. 

They’re a bit hodgepodge and don’t have much unity to them as a set, but I think that reflects nicely on how the scene is out there during those early morning hours. It’s interesting to see so many different types of people doing different things all at the same time.  

Click the photos to enlarge if you’d like.

A bit of Boston.

"Pedestrians walk across Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, April 4, 2012."

"A sailing race takes place on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, April 4, 2012."

I had some downtime on Wednesday, so I did a bit of exploring throughout my new city. It was a beautiful early April day, so I brought my camera along with me. 

I found some nice spots, and I’m quickly learning my way through Boston. It’s definitely a photogenic city, which is great for me!

Big Winner.

"A guest reacts after winning four Boston Red Sox tickets during a charity auction Friday, March 30, 2012 at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon in Boston, Massachusetts. The auction was held as a benefit for Massachusetts General Hospital's Boston Marathon team."

Alas, my first “gig” since being in Boston, and it was a fun one too!

This was a friend’s silent auction to raise money for cancer research in preparation for Massachusetts General Hospital’s 2012 Boston Marathon team. You can read her great marathon blog here for more details.

One of the most sought after auction prizes was, of course, a set of four tickets to a Boston Red Sox game against the Tampa Bay Rays. This was the winner’s reaction, which made for a fun photograph.

I also see it as some good starting momentum, as my season working with the Red Sox begins tomorrow! 

Beantown Bound!

"Members of the grounds crew prepare the field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, August 15, 2010 after a performance by Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band the previous evening."

When I took a tour of Fenway Park on August 15, 2010, I was in awe. I had been to games at the stadium before, but this time, I was fresh off my photography internship with the Baltimore Orioles. I had gotten a taste of working in Major League Baseball for this first time, and seeing Fenway through that frame of reference left me wanting more.

I made a promise to myself that day that I’d get there, one way or another. The proof is here, in the blog entry I posted two days after I took that tour. 

Today, I’m moving up to Boston to turn that dream into reality. I’ll be working as an Assistant Team Photographer for the Boston Red Sox for the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Working under the guidance of the team’s Manager of Photography, I’ll be photographing Red Sox home games, documenting team community outreach events throughout Boston, and assisting on photo shoots and requests for Red Sox Magazine and other team publications. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of historic Fenway Park, so we’ll be busy covering the numerous events and ceremonies throughout the season celebrating the milestone. 

I feel so lucky to have been surrounded for two seasons by an incredibly talented, hardworking, and welcoming community at the Baltimore Orioles, and I’m eager to continue to learn from those working at baseball’s highest level and to grow as a multimedia journalist. 

This position also marks a big change for me outside of work, as this is the first time in my life that I’ll be living away from Baltimore for an extended period of time. I’m really going to miss my parents and all my friends here in Baltimore, but I’m extremely excited to encounter new things in a new city. It will also be nice to be close to lots of my extended family around Boston, be with some of my oldest friends living there, and to meet tons of new ones. I’ll be living in a nice apartment in the heart of Boston, and my daily commute to Fenway Park will be an easy six minute walk. 

I’ll certainly be posting here throughout the season. I’ll have tons of thoughts and observations and I’ll have lots to say, but more importantly I’ll have a lively body of work to share with all of you. 

For all the Baltimore people, please keep in touch!

I’ll start this journey off with a view of the new “office.”

Jellyfish.

"Visitors observe the Amazing Jellies exhibit at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, August 16, 2010."

The aquarium in Boston had a special Jellyfish exhibit up when some friends and I went yesterday. The jellyfish themselves were neat, but I was hypnotized by this fluorescent blue light that filled one of the tanks.

I could have stood in front of this window and watched people admire the creatures for hours. I was there for about 3 minutes and snapped off over 20 frames.

Fenway Park.

"A grounds crew worker cuts the outfield grass in Boston's historic Fenway Park Sunday, August 15, 2010 after a performance by Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band the night before."

"A member of the grounds crew walks through rows of empty seats at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, August 15, 2010."

I took a tour of Fenway Park during my visit to Boston this weekend.

The only thing I could think about during the entire tour was how much I wished I worked as a photographer there. Covering the last place Baltimore Orioles day in and day out last year was incredibly exciting. I can’t imagine working in a ballpark that’s nearly 100 years old in a city that goes crazy over their baseball team.

So, instead of listening to most of what our tour guide told us, I took photographs and promised myself that I’ll get there one way or another.

Aerosmith had just played to a sold out Fenway audience the night before, so the grounds crew was working to get the field back into baseball shape. The bustle on the field caught my eye more than The Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole, and the other historic, recognizable parts of the stadium.

I noticed that these two shots are strikingly similar and work well as a pair.

Boston.

"Fireworks are shot off a barge Sunday, July 4, 2010, as part the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular."

"The sun sets over the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, July 4, 2010."

"A child plays in a fountain to escape the heat in Boston's Quincy Market Saturday, July 3, 2010."

"A street dancer performs for a crowd in Boston's Quincy Market Saturday, July 3, 2010."

Some friends and I drove up to Boston, Massachusetts this weekend to visit friends and celebrate the 4th of July.

What a city. Every time I visit, I’m more and more impressed. These are some of my best images from the weekend.