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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.