Category Archives: Photojournalism

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.


The Eagles Have Landed

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to update the blog with fresh work, but now that Commencement season has come to a close, expect a stream of posts as I frantically try to catch up and improve my blogging workflow.

A few months ago, the athletics department at North Carolina Central University contacted me about covering their baseball team as they played an exhibition at Fenway Park. The game was the showcase event for the Fenway Park Open House, which also served as a college fair for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs. Their opponent was the Rattlers of Florida A&M, another HBCU member.

The team was a great group of guys that had a genuine treat soaking in all the history and quirks of Fenway Park. Having shot so many Red Sox games over the years, going to Fenway can sometimes feel like another day at the office, but being around folks who are walking in to the ballpark for the first time, and getting the thrill of actually playing on that field, was a nice reminder about how special this place really is, warts and all.

Here are some of the photos from the Eagles visit.

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

4/25/15 — BOSTON — North Carolina Central University plays Florida A&M University at Fenway Park on April 25, 2015. FAMU won, 9-4. (Kelvin Ma)

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