Monthly Archives: February 2011

Remote Control

Finally got around to shooting some college basketball at my day job with Tufts University. Looking for something different, and taking advantage of my position as a staff photographer, I set up a post camera. Pretty sure there’s never been anything of the sort at old Cousens Gymnasium, so I’m hoping the photos see plenty of use down the line in our archive.

Here’s a brief selection from the game.

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Alex Orchowski (A12) goes for a layup in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Alex Orchowski (A12) goes for a layup in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)


20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Scott Anderson (A13) wrestles for possession in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Scott Anderson (A13) wrestles for possession in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)


20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Amauris Quezada (A12) tries to save a ball from going out of bounds in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Amauris Quezada (A12) tries to save a ball from going out of bounds in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)


20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts coach Bob Sheldon argues a call in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts coach Bob Sheldon argues a call in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)


20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Amauris Quezada (A12) gets a pass of in traffic in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Amauris Quezada (A12) gets a pass of in traffic in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)


20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Kwame Firempong (A14) splits the lane for a layup in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Kwame Firempong (A14) splits the lane for a layup in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)


20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Alex Orchowski (A12) pulls down a rebound in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

20110210 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Alex Orchowski (A12) pulls down a rebound in Tufts 69-47 win over Gordon at Cousens Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 2011....(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Financial Times

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently hired me to work on a piece about a family struggling with the financial aid for their children’s college tuition. Given the situation with today’s economy, the piece was an attempt at capturing the circumstances of a family that was in good financial shape until two layoffs, illness and bad timing in general flipped their life upside down.

For anyone who might be a subscriber, here’s the link to the Chronicle’s story: http://chronicle.com/article/When-Life-Gets-in-the-Way-of/126082/

I spent a few days with the Schillinger family of Easton, Mass., focusing particularly on their youngest daughter, Diane. Diane, a freshman at UMass-Amherst, has the furthest to go, as she has just started at college and the financial aid system. My assignment was simply to capture her in her every day life, both back home in Easton during break, as well as on campus back at school.

Here’s an abbreviated take from the assignment.

20110124 -- AMHERST -- Diane Schillinger, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, sorts through a variety of paperwork, including financial aid forms, in her dorm room on campus on Jan. 14, 2011. Schillinger has been struggling with the complexity of financial aid as her family also deals with financial troubles back home in Easton, Mass. Photo by Kelvin Ma (Kelvin Ma)

20110124 -- AMHERST -- Diane Schillinger, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, sorts through a variety of paperwork, including financial aid forms, in her dorm room on campus on Jan. 14, 2011. Schillinger has been struggling with the complexity of financial aid as her family also deals with financial troubles back home in Easton, Mass. Photo by Kelvin Ma


20110124 -- AMHERST -- Diane Schillinger, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, sorts through a variety of paperwork, including financial aid forms, in her dorm room on campus on Jan. 14, 2011. Schillinger has been struggling with the complexity of financial aid as her family also deals with financial troubles back home in Easton, Mass. Photo by Kelvin Ma (Kelvin Ma)

20110124 -- AMHERST -- Diane Schillinger, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, sorts through a variety of paperwork, including financial aid forms, in her dorm room on campus on Jan. 14, 2011. Schillinger has been struggling with the complexity of financial aid as her family also deals with financial troubles back home in Easton, Mass. Photo by Kelvin Ma


1/10/11 -- EASTON, Mass. -- Mark Schillinger sorts through piles of financial paperwork as he looks for his wife's disability forms at their Easton, Mass., home on Jan. 10, 2011. With two kids in college, Mark, who is currently unemployed from his work as a facilities and building manager, and his wife, Pat, are struggling with the complexities of student financial aid along with their own financial setbacks. (Kelvin Ma)

1/10/11 -- EASTON, Mass. -- Mark Schillinger sorts through piles of financial paperwork as he looks for his wife's disability forms at their Easton, Mass., home on Jan. 10, 2011. With two kids in college, Mark, who is currently unemployed from his work as a facilities and building manager, and his wife, Pat, are struggling with the complexities of student financial aid along with their own financial setbacks.


1/10/11 -- EASTON, Mass. -- Diane Schillinger spends some time with her show horse, Jake, at the Clover Valley Stables in Easton, Mass., on Jan. 10, 2011. Schillinger, who is a freshman biochemistry major at UMass-Amherst, hopes to attend veterinary school after graduating and competes and shows at the amateur level with Jake. (Kelvin Ma)

1/10/11 -- EASTON, Mass. -- Diane Schillinger spends some time with her show horse, Jake, at the Clover Valley Stables in Easton, Mass., on Jan. 10, 2011. Schillinger, who is a freshman biochemistry major at UMass-Amherst, hopes to attend veterinary school after graduating and competes and shows at the amateur level with Jake.


1/10/11 -- EASTON, Mass. -- Diane Schillinger goes over some financial aid information with her father, Mark, at their Easton, Mass., home on Jan. 10, 2011. Diane, a freshman at UMass-Amherst, and her family are dealing with the complexities of student financial aid as her parents workout their own financial hardships with Mark being unemployed and her mother, Pat, just now returning to work. (Kelvin Ma)

1/10/11 -- EASTON, Mass. -- Diane Schillinger goes over some financial aid information with her father, Mark, at their Easton, Mass., home on Jan. 10, 2011. Diane, a freshman at UMass-Amherst, and her family are dealing with the complexities of student financial aid as her parents workout their own financial hardships with Mark being unemployed and her mother, Pat, just now returning to work.


20110124 -- AMHERST -- Diane Schillinger, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, stands outside the Financial Aid office on campus on Jan. 14, 2011. Schillinger has been struggling with the complexity of financial aid as her family also deals with financial troubles back home in Easton, Mass. Photo by Kelvin Ma (Kelvin Ma)

20110124 -- AMHERST -- Diane Schillinger, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, stands outside the Financial Aid office on campus on Jan. 14, 2011. Schillinger has been struggling with the complexity of financial aid as her family also deals with financial troubles back home in Easton, Mass. Photo by Kelvin Ma

The story ended up being the cover story and center spread for last week’s Chronicle, as well.

Much thanks to Schillingers for being to generous with their time and for being so open with what is for many families, a very private matter.

Slap Shots

It’s been about 5 years since I shot my last pro hockey game, back down in Tampa. It was always freezing walking into the arena from the heat. You’d always have to bring extra layers and take a little bit of time to acclimate.

That’s not the case in the middle of winter in Boston. Walking into the Garden, with snowbanks piled up high and temps hovering near freezing, it feels downright balmy indoors.

But quips about weather aside, here’s some shots from yesterday’s Bruins game as they took on the surging San Jose Sharks. Things didn’t go so well for the Bruins, nor for me, as a matter of fact — 5 years off from pro hockey has left me more than rusty at a sport I’ve never been particularly adept at photographing.

Oh well. Here are some frames I was lucky enough to stumble into. My frustrations aside, I’ll admit, it was pretty fun to get back to shooting hockey, through the little hole in the glass and to track the action. Practice makes perfect, I guess!

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara fights of San Jose defenseman Niclas Wallin, right, in the corner on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara fights of San Jose defenseman Niclas Wallin, right, in the corner on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0.


Boston, Mass. -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid gets taken off his feet by San Jose forward Joe Thornton on Feb. 5, 2011. The Shaks won, 2-0. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid gets taken off his feet by San Jose forward Joe Thornton on Feb. 5, 2011. The Shaks won, 2-0.

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins and Sharks players get into a tussle on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins and Sharks players get into a tussle on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0.

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins forward Tyler Seguin gets muscled off the puck by San Jose defenseman Niclas Wallin on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins forward Tyler Seguin gets muscled off the puck by San Jose defenseman Niclas Wallin on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0.


Boston, Mass. -- Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron gets a stick to the groin from San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle in the first period Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron gets a stick to the groin from San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle in the first period Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0.

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins forward Gregory Campbell skates past the celebrating San Jose Sharks after they scored on an open net on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Bruins forward Gregory Campbell skates past the celebrating San Jose Sharks after they scored on an open net on Feb. 5, 2011. The Sharks won, 2-0.

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