The Chef’s Table

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of food — Eating it, cooking it, photographing it. Whatever.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that I took to my assignment to photograph Theo Friedman, a recent Tufts graduate who’s been making a name for himself with various pop-up dinners around town, with much enthusiasm.

Theo had graduated just a few days before I stopped by his apartment two blocks off campus in Somerville, and had unfortunately packed up most of his things. That didn’t stop him from whipping up a small plate for me to photograph for a profile the Tufts College of Arts and Sciences was writing about him. Theo doesn’t have any formal training in the culinary arts, but his creativity was on full display with notes for the tasting menu from his most recent pop-up taped to his walls.

It was a delight to pick his brain a little bit while he was working to see if I couldn’t leave with a few tricks for myself.

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. - Theo Friedman, A15, poses for a portrait in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. – Theo Friedman, A15, poses for a portrait in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. - Theo Friedman, A15, prepares a beet salad in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. – Theo Friedman, A15, prepares a beet salad in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015.
(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. - Theo Friedman, A15, prepares a beet salad in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. - Sample menus from a prior dinner party hang on the wall in the kitchen of Theo Friedman, A15, on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. - Theo Friedman, A15, prepares a beet salad in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. - Theo Friedman, A15, prepares a beet salad in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

The Gameface

 (Kelvin Ma)

Most serious athletes have some type of ritual that they go through on game day. Sometimes it’s clothing, like a lucky sock. Wade Boggs was famous for eating a whole chicken before his games. Even for me, during my high school soccer days, I would eat two McDonald’s cheeseburgers before games.

This past Memorial Day weekend, I was on the road once again with the Tufts men’s lacrosse team as they sought to defend their national championship title from last year. I decided to try something different for pregame this time around, having shot a bunch of the guys applying eye black in the locker room last time. While the guys were going through their pregame routines, I snapped a quick headshot portrait of each of the guys who wear eye black as they were getting themselves in the zone. Lacrosse helmets being what they are, pregame is really the only opportunity to see any faces before the whistle blows.

Each one of their faces was slightly different with their designs. Some listened to music, others paced the room, and some just sat in quiet meditation at their lockers — Whatever it takes to get mentally prepared for the biggest game of their college careers.

I guess it worked, because this time, the Jumbos won big time, 19-11, in a national championship game that was only close for one half of the first quarter. More on that in a later blog post. In the meantime, check out these portraits.


Forget the PR

My girlfriend is an ultra marathoner.

What does that mean? Well, for the past year and a half, my girlfriend, Sam, has been running races that are longer than 26.2 miles. Any race that is longer than 26.2 is considered an ultra marathon, with common distances being 50k, 50 miles, 100k, and 100 miles (yikes). Sam’s finished every race that she’s started, which in the past year has been two 50ks and one 50 miler.

To kick off the season this year, Sam ran the “Forget the PR” 50k in Loudonville, Ohio, which was where she ran her very first ultra last year. This year, though, we brought along a few of our running buddies from November Project, Amina and Rosa.

Being familiar with the course, as well as her biggest fan, I spent my day darting between checkpoints to support her, delivering food, hydration, clothes, etc., and snapping a few photos along the way. Wanting to stay lightweight so I could run in to the woods unencumbered and go easy on my body — I was scheduled to run the Boston Marathon the week after — I decided to challenge myself by shooting with just a 50mm lens.

After 31 miles, 4,200 feet of elevation and 8 hours, 14 minutes and 33 seconds later for Sam, these are some of the photos I came back with.

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

 (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

I thought it would be a good idea to do some “before and after” portraits to show how much work these badass ladies would be putting their bodies through. I don’t know about you, but I think they looked even better after the race. Amazing!

Sam:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

Amina:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

Rosa:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

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