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.