Photo Story: “Sky-Chi.”

Sept. 19, 2012 – A kite resembling a shark flies above Boston Common Wednesday in Boston, MA. The kite belongs to Roy Gould, a 58-year-old former commercial fisherman from Brockton, MA. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 19, 2012 – Roy Gould, 58, of Brockton, MA, flies a kite attached to a fishing rod on Boston Common in Boston, MA Wednesday. Currently unemployed, Gould says he frequents the Common with his kites nearly every evening. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 19, 2012 – Roy Gould, a former commercial fisherman, attaches a kite to his fishing line in Boston, MA Wednesday. “If I had the means, I guarantee you right now I would be in a sailboat somewhere…but I basically live hand-to-mouth, day-to-day,” says Gould, a Brockton, MA native. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 19, 2012 – 58-year-old former fisherman Roy Gould of Brockton, MA flies a shark-shaped kite attached to a fishing rod on Boston Common in Boston, MA Wednesday as he expresses his views on the American economy. Gould is currently unemployed. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Sept. 19, 2012 – The sun sets over Boston Common in Boston, MA as 58-year-old former fisherman Roy Gould flies a kite attached to his fishing rod. “The cutest thing is toddlers…I’ve seen them come running at me screaming. It’s pure joy, you know? They are able to articulate out loud the feeling I have when I am flying,” says Gould. Photo by Billie Weiss.

Here is my first photo story of the year for the Advanced Photojournalism course I’m enrolled in at Boston University. Our assignment was to file a five photo story of anything happening on Boston Common. I was there quite a bit this week. 

This is a simple but beautiful story about a gentle soul who finds peace every evening by flying his kites – which happens to be attached to a fishing rod. Read the captions. They actually matter this time!

Roy Gould is currently unemployed. A former fisherman who has been out of work for several years now, Roy takes to the Common regularly to fly his kites. “This is really my way to connect with nature,” he said.

We chatted for quite a bit, and I hung around and took photos of him for several hours. I thank Roy for being so friendly, and I wish him all the best.

Click the photos to enlarge if you’d like.

Run For Your Lives: Facebook Timeline Cover Photos.

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 1.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 2.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 3.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 4.”

“Run For Your Lives – Facebook Timeline Cover Photo 5.”

Here’s a few Facebook Timeline cover photo templates that were made from some of my Run For Your Lives images. Credit Matt Hodgson at Reed Street Productions for the graphic design work.

Photos: Run For Your Lives Zombie 5k Boston.

“A racer falls into a mud pit, one of the obstacles in the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“A volunteer Zombie gets doused in blood during the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“A volunteer Zombie gets made up during the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“A volunteer Zombie gets doused in blood during the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“Volunteer zombies gather together as they await the start of the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“Zombies chase a racer during the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“A zombie chases a racer during the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“Racers attempt to evade zombies during the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

“Racers slide down a huge water slide during the Run For Your LIves Zombie 5k race in Amesbury, Massachusetts Saturday, May 5, 2012.”

I shot my second Run For Your Lives Zombie 5k Race last weekend. Now that I’m in Boston, I was able to shoot the New England installment of the race, which was at Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

I didn’t think it was possible, but the scene at this race was even more absurd and absolutely ridiculous than it was at the Baltimore race. You can see some of my shots from that race here

I’m amazed at how much people love to take on the zombie persona, and at how well some of them do it. I don’t think I’d ever volunteer to get covered in fake blood and sit in the woods screaming at people for the entire day, but clearly there’s some appeal there that I’m missing out on. 

Nevertheless, I was highly entertained all day, and hundreds of zombies and 10,000 racers make for some good photography. Take a look at this photo gallery on the Run For Your Lives Facebook page to see my whole take from the day. It’s got over 1,000 “likes” and hundreds of comments from zombies and runners alike. 

Here were some that I enjoyed. As always, click to enlarge for the full effect. I’m still thinking about it, but the first photo here might have quickly become one of my all-time favorites. 

*Some of my photographs from the race were published in the Capital Business section of The Washington Post on Monday, May 14, 2012. Click the link here to view the article and photographs!”

Networking.

"Student-athletes talk with a recruiter after listening to a career advice panel discussion at a networking event designed for graduating Seniors at Goucher College Tuesday, November 15, 2011."

This is about as exciting a photograph one can make at a networking event. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the discussions held and the questions raised while I was shooting, but visually, it was as ordinary looking as it gets. 

Sometimes that’s just how it is, and it’s important for me to keep in mind that I’m not going to make amazing pictures at every assignment I shoot. As long as I get quality images of what’s needed, then I’ve done my job. Such was the case from this event. 

If anything, it’s a good piece of PR for Goucher.

Photos: Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K Baltimore

"A volunteer is made up to resemble a zombie at the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"A racer jumps into a 'blood pit,' one of the obstacles on the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"A zombie screams at a racer during the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"A zombie chases a racer during the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"A racer swims across a lake, one of the obstacles on the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"Zombies wait for racers to arrive during the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"A zombie screams at the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"Twin brothers observe racers as they compete in the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"A mother walks with her daughter, disguised as a zombie, at the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

"Racers dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles celebrate after completing the course at the first ever Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K race Saturday, October 22, 2011 in Darlington, Maryland."

I was hired as the photographer for the first ever “Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K” race, which was held in Darlington, Maryland last Saturday. This was just the first of a series of several to occur throughout the country this year and next, so I was absolutely surprised to see that this drew attention from national media outlets, as well as over 10,000 runners and volunteers dressed like zombies. Here is the link to the website I shot for, which gives a better explanation of what the race is all about. 

As a Goucher graduate, I’ve taken pictures of zombies plenty of times, but even after shooting this event, I still don’t understand the obsession people have with the concept of zombies chasing humans. It just doesn’t get me going whatsoever, but it does make for very entertaining, compelling pictures.

I shot a ton of pictures. I guess that will happen when you’re running around in the woods and trodding through mud up to your ankles while taking pictures of the same thing over and over again for 14 hours straight…

Regardless, I’m really happy with my pictures from the day, which will make good additions to the portfolio. This is a sample of some of my favorites. 

If you’d like, click each image to see them full screen. They look better that way. 

Orioles’ Adam Jones visits local YMCA family center.

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones fields fly balls with kids from the Y of Central Maryland’s Journeys Camp at the Weinberg Family Center YMCA in Baltimore, Maryland Wednesday, June 29, 2011."

This caption should be something like “Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (center) fields fly balls with Adam Jones (left) and Adam Jones (right). 

The O’s center fielder visited the new YMCA facility at the site of the old Memorial Stadium last week to play some ball with kids from the neighborhood. Almost all 50 kids there were given a free Adam Jones t-shirt, which he took the time to sign individually. 

So with 50 little Adam Jones’s and one real Adam Jones running around a baseball field, I was fixated with shooting from behind to show the repetition of “Jones #10.” 

On a different note, I consider my coverage of this event a monumental success. This year, I made it out with no uncontrollable nosebleeds, a feat I was unable to accomplish at this same location last year. Here’s the bloody story

Fried Chickens – They’re Ready.

"Two girls hold signs advertising a fried chicken stand in Bridgeville, Delaware Sunday, June 19, 2011."

I went down to Bethany Beach last weekend with some friends. It was a relaxing weekend before starting work.

I had every intention of shooting some life in Bethany while I was there, but laziness turned out to be far more convenient. It wasn’t until the drive home that I started snapping out the window of the car. 

This one turned out well. The two girls both look so disinterested.