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Just Do It

Talk about unintended consequences for an ad campaign… Last week, Mayor Thomas Menino had a beef with the Nike Town store on Newbury Street in Boston, taking issue with their use of suggestive t-shirts to imply drug use. The store eventually took down most of the shirts, but left one shirt up as of Sunday. The Herald sent me to follow up with some photos, which put me in a great spot to see “The Old School Dropouts,” who coincidentally set up in a prime location in front of the t-shirt display.

You don’t have to put two-and-two together to know that I was pretty much salivating at the opportunity to play!

Boston, Mass. -- Cyrus Brooks, 23, of Mattapan, flips fellow "Old School Dropouts" dance troupe member Freddy Suero, 24, outside the NikeTown store on Newbury Street as Brooks' dance student, Aidan Dunbar, 17, of Cambridge, right, watches, on June 26, 2011. The store only has one remaining "Dope" t-shirt on display after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/26/2011 -- BOSTON -- Cyrus Brooks, 23, of Mattapan, flips fellow "Old School Dropouts" dance troupe member Freddy Suero, 24, outside the NikeTown store on Newbury Street as Brooks' dance student, Aidan Dunbar, 17, of Cambridge, right, watches, on June 26, 2011. The store only has one remaining "Dope" t-shirt on display after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign.

Boston, Mass. -- Cyrus Brooks, 23, of Mattapan, does an arm balance as his dance student Aidan Dunbar, 17, Cambridge, watches outside the NikeTown store on Newbury Street on June 26, 2011. The NikeTown store had one remaining "Dope" t-shirt on display after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/26/2011 -- BOSTON -- Cyrus Brooks, 23, of Mattapan, does an arm balance as his dance student Aidan Dunbar, 17, Cambridge, watches outside the NikeTown store on Newbury Street on June 26, 2011. The NikeTown store had one remaining "Dope" t-shirt on display after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign.

Boston, Mass. -- The NikeTown store on Newbury Street had one remaining "Dope" shirt on display on June 26, 2011, a week after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/26/2011 -- BOSTON -- The NikeTown store on Newbury Street had one remaining "Dope" shirt on display on June 26, 2011, a week after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign.

Boston, Mass. -- Freddy Suero, 24, of the "Old School Dropouts" dance troupe does a front flip over audience members and fellow dancer Cyrus Brooks, 24, right, outside the NikeTown store on Newbury Street as Brooks' dance student, Aidan Dunbar, 17, of Cambridge, far right, watches, on June 26, 2011. The store only has one remaining "Dope" t-shirt on display after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

6/26/2011 -- BOSTON -- Freddy Suero, 24, of the "Old School Dropouts" dance troupe does a front flip over audience members and fellow dancer Cyrus Brooks, 24, right, outside the NikeTown store on Newbury Street as Brooks' dance student, Aidan Dunbar, 17, of Cambridge, far right, watches, on June 26, 2011. The store only has one remaining "Dope" t-shirt on display after Mayor Thomas Menino took issue with the company's latest ad campaign.

Busy day plus Nick Lachey…

Talk about an insanely busy day… Started out with a job interview, then right as I was finished with that, I get a last-minute call from the Boston Herald to work yesterday. Scramble home to change out of my suit, head into the office, and then get hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back with four assignments!

It’s real good to stay busy, so here’s hoping for some momentum this month!

Day started off with quickie portrait of this nice couple who moved into their new digs in Fenway on Saturday and were still unpacking. I guess they got a sweet deal.

FYI, I think everyone should have orange walls.

10.6.2009 —€” BOSTON —€” Cornell and Cristina Hofman moved into their apartment in the Fenway Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, after moving from Chicago. They were able to find their apartment for a relatively inexpensive price, which is a bonus for Cristina, who is starting an orthopedic residency at Mass General Hospital.

10.6.2009 —€” BOSTON —€” Cornell and Cristina Hofman moved into their apartment in the Fenway Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, after moving from Chicago. They were able to find their apartment for a relatively inexpensive price, which is a bonus for Cristina, who is starting an orthopedic residency at Mass General Hospital.

Followed that up immediately after by heading down the street to the Boston Academy of the Arts, where the STOMP performance group was holding a master class, teaching the students about their beats and proper etiquette for auditions (the students failed miserably at that one!).

10.6.2009 —€” BOSTON —€” Stomp performer Elec Brown, center in black, cheers on his students, Felix Negron, left, and Juan Ortiz, right, during a dance master class the performance troupe was hosting at the Boston Academy of the Arts high school on October 6, 2009. The dance troupe spent an hour teaching the students how to use their whole body as a percussion instrument, showing them their trademark beats and rhythm steps.

10.6.2009 —€” BOSTON —€” Stomp performer Elec Brown, center in black, cheers on his students, Felix Negron, left, and Juan Ortiz, right, during a dance master class the performance troupe was hosting at the Boston Academy of the Arts high school on October 6, 2009. The dance troupe spent an hour teaching the students how to use their whole body as a percussion instrument, showing them their trademark beats and rhythm steps.

10.6.2009 —€” BOSTON —€” Stomp performer Donisha Brown, in blue, teaches her group of students some step and clapping moves during a dance master class the performance troupe was hosting at the Boston Academy of the Arts high school on October 6, 2009. The dance troupe spent an hour teaching the students how to use their whole body as a percussion instrument, showing them their trademark beats and rhythm steps.

10.6.2009 —€” BOSTON —€” Stomp performer Donisha Brown, in blue, teaches her group of students some step and clapping moves during a dance master class the performance troupe was hosting at the Boston Academy of the Arts high school on October 6, 2009. The dance troupe spent an hour teaching the students how to use their whole body as a percussion instrument, showing them their trademark beats and rhythm steps.

And finally, capped the evening with the Ex-Mr. Jessica Simpson himself, Nick Lachey, who was in town as part of a tour to raise awareness for local food banks and a nationwide hunger charity.

Dance, dance

Photographed some of the Boston Ballet’s studio run through for their production of Sleeping Beauty for a preview story for the Herald. Here’s an image that I really liked from the assignment.

ballet

It was kind of a tricky room to work in, with mirrors at the front and huge windows on the side. At least the highlights from the near-perfect 70-degree day outside gave me a somewhat clean background to work with.

I’ve always loved shooting dance, for some reason. I guess it’s the melding of form and motion, movement and action — kind of like sports, but with better-looking subjects! I guess that explains it.