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Big Top

This is more or less a repost of an entry I did for the day job last month, but it can’t hurt to spread the love around and toss a little traffic that way via my own personal site.

As I mentioned in my Tufts Photo blog post, I recently worked on a portrait project with some graduate students who were skilled in the circus arts. Being the middle of winter, and the Tufts campus lacking in any proper circus facilities, I set up a basic white seamless studio in one of the lecture halls on campus and went to town. My idea was to keep things as simple as possible to focus on the “cool factor” of the actual circus arts. Action, without distraction — hence the clean white.

Here’s a gallery of the work:

Discourse

In light of the recent tragedy involving Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Herald, like most other publications, was mining the local delegation about its reaction to the events. For the most part, nothing will change, as being out there in public, listening and meeting constituents, is part of doing the people’s work, according to Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Congressman Lynch was kind enough to let me into his home in Southie for a quick portrait. Keep in mind, it’s not every day that you get a one-on-one portrait session with an elected official, let alone in his own home, but even though I tracked my snow-covered shoes into his living room floor and got it all wet, congressman Lynch was very generous with his time and a gracious host. He answered his own door, and I even learned that he has to park his car on the street in Southie, fighting for a spot just like everyone else. Well, it is Southie, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised.

But my time with congressman Lynch only underscores an important lesson to take away from all of the inflammatory political rhetoric that pundits and politicos have been criticizing in the past 24 hours. At the end of the day, your elected representatives — regardless of politics or egos — are still just real people.

1/9/11 -- Boston, Mass. -- Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) sits for a portrait in his South Boston Home on Jan. 9 2011. Lynch spent 2 hours earlier in the evening on a conference call with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' staff, receiving updates on her status. Giffords was shot in the head at a public event the day before. In light of the violence, Lynch said he will not change any of his practices regarding security with his public appearances. "You've still got to put yourself out there," he said.

1/9/11 -- Boston, Mass. -- Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) sits for a portrait in his South Boston Home on Jan. 9 2011. Lynch spent 2 hours earlier in the evening on a conference call with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' staff, receiving updates on her status. Giffords was shot in the head at a public event the day before. In light of the violence, Lynch said he will not change any of his practices regarding security with his public appearances.

Piano Man

Last week I received a request from local musician Todd Marston to take care of some promotional portraits for an upcoming residency at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. We were trying to blend Todd’s laid-back personality with the professional look that a high-end company like Mandarin Oriental would expect from its performers.

If you happen to be in Hong Kong from August through October, be sure to check out Todd. In the meantime, for you Boston-based folks, check out his band, Choose to Find.

4.16.2010 — BOSTON — Todd Marston

4.16.2010 — BOSTON — Todd Marston

4.16.2010 — BOSTON — Todd Marston

4.16.2010 — BOSTON — Todd Marston in his natural habitat, rockin' the Keyboard Cat t-shirt!

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