Monthly Archives: August 2009

Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy-Palooza

What a week!

Things got real busy for me when Sen. Ted Kennedy died last week — not because I had to cover the event and hoopla, but rather everything else going on around behind the scenes.

8.29.2009 - BOSTON - A large billboard on a building on Tremont Street in Mission Hill pays tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, whose funeral will take place Saturday morning at the Mission Church (in background), on Aug. 29, 2009.

8.29.2009 - BOSTON - A large billboard on a building on Tremont Street in Mission Hill pays tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, whose funeral will take place Saturday morning at the Mission Church (in background), on Aug. 29, 2009.

It was basically a lot of running around the state, photographing whatever the Herald had leftover with so many resources tied up with the big show.

I kind of felt like this guy, who was painting the Boston Police bomb squad truck the day before Senator Kennedy’s funeral… while it was parked in front of the church! I kid you not.

8.29.2009 - BOSTON - Antonio Echemendia of Boston Public Works applies some last-minute touch up paint to the Boston Police's Bomb Squad truck outside the Mission Church, site of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's funeral, on Aug. 28, 2009.

8.29.2009 - BOSTON - Antonio Echemendia of Boston Public Works applies some last-minute touch up paint to the Boston Police's Bomb Squad truck outside the Mission Church, site of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's funeral, on Aug. 28, 2009.

Despite the somber occasion, it felt good to be involved in another major news event.

Thank you Senator Kennedy for all your service to the people of Massachusetts.

Depth Charge

As part of the ever-present desire to evolve and grow as a photographer, I’ve been trying to mix things up with my shooting lately. Tried messing around with some shallow depth-of-field shooting, particularly as it relates to portraits.

Here’s one from a recent assignment from the Herald, shot with my 28mm at f/1.8.

8.27.2009 — EASTON, Mass. — Marlene Owens is suing the Embassy Rehab and Health Center in Brockton after her stepfather, John Donahue (seen pictured with his wife and Owens' mother, Rose Donahue), died in their care.

8.27.2009 — EASTON, Mass. — Marlene Owens is suing the Embassy Rehab and Health Center in Brockton after her stepfather, John Donahue (seen pictured with his wife and Owens' mother, Rose Donahue), died in their care.

Not really sure if this one works, but I’d love to hear what other people think. Feedback welcome!

The Freedom Trail

So here’s the complete take on what I submitted for the 2009 AAJA Convention Dith Pran Photo Shootout, which featured the theme “The Freedom Trail.” Growing up in Boston, I never experienced the Freedom Trail from the point of view as a tourist. I always just saw it as something that tourists would flock to in the summer, and so that’s kind of the approach I took in shooting it for the contest — to shoot it from the outside in, looking at the marginal people around the Trail.

So here we go:

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — Timmy Gammon, 20, left, Gabby, 20, and Steve, 20, play music in Boston Common along the Freedom Trail for money on Aug. 13, 2009.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — Timmy Gammon, 20, left, Gabby, 20, and Steve, 20, play music in Boston Common along the Freedom Trail for money on Aug. 13, 2009.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — Steve Chaplisk, who is homeless, feeds dozens of birds outside the State House at the head of the Freedom Trail while commuters head home from their jobs on Aug. 13, 2009.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — Steve Chaplisk, who is homeless, feeds dozens of birds outside the State House at the head of the Freedom Trail while commuters head home from their jobs on Aug. 13, 2009.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — Street vendor, Juan, gets some reading time next to his stand along the Freedom Trail on Washington Street on Aug. 13, 2009. With cloudy skies, business was slow, he said.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — Street vendor, Juan, gets some reading time next to his stand along the Freedom Trail on Washington Street on Aug. 13, 2009. With cloudy skies, business was slow, he said.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — A homeless woman watches tourists pass by along the Freedom Trail on Congress Street near Faneuil Hall on Aug. 13, 2009.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — A homeless woman watches tourists pass by along the Freedom Trail on Congress Street near Faneuil Hall on Aug. 13, 2009.

And of course, the award winner:

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — College student Sam Hines, 21, gives out "Free Hugs" at the corner outside the Park Street T station for the simple reason that, 'It makes people happy!' on Aug. 13, 2009. It was Hines' first day at the spot at the head of the Freedom Trail this summer, though she said she spent a number of days out there last summer.

8/13/2009 — BOSTON — College student Sam Hines, 21, gives out 'Free Hugs' at the corner outside the Park Street T station for the simple reason that, 'It makes people happy!' on Aug. 13, 2009. It was Hines' first day at the spot at the head of the Freedom Trail this summer, though she said she spent a number of days out there last summer.

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