New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes through an opening in the Kansas City Chiefs defense in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on January 16, 2016. (KELVIN MA/UPI)
After spending the past 3 months at a web development bootcamp, I’m now getting back in to the swing of things with a little bit of NFL playoff action! My pal Matt Healey gave me a shout a few weeks ago asking me if I could help him cover the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette for UPI. Not having anything better to do on that particular Saturday in January, I said yes.
Luckily for me, this ended up being my first Patriots game in non-terrible weather!
Here are some of my photos from the Pats’ 27-20 win over the Chiefs.
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, prepares a beet salad in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015.
(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)
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.