Anne Hathaway is Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

Anne Hathaway received the Woman of the Year award by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals yesterday with a parade through the snowy streets of Cambridge.

I had the day off and decided I would go and try to make a photo or two of the event.  Aside from the two dozen or so photogs who had this as an actual assignment, there were dozens of others out there like myself who went just for the “fun” of it.

Although the sudden snowstorm often caused my auto-focus to slip, it didn’t seem to stop hundreds of people from crowding the streets to get a glimpse of the actress.

I decided to take my chances and bring a long lens, George Rizer style. I knew there would be tons of people around and I wanted to try to eliminate as much of the distracting background as possible.

One last look back at the crowd.

Good bye Anne, come visit us again soon.

Sarah and Noah, New Years Eve Wedding

I was asked by a fellow photographer  to help shoot a wedding on New Years Eve at the Lenox Hotel in Boston . With no real plans for the evening I thought it would be a fun way to ring in the new year.

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Baby in the North End

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Connor, an extremely cute newborn baby belonging to Jamie and Jess at their home in the North End of Boston.

We had planned the shoot for outdoors, but with the weather not cooperating we ended up photographing in their amazing condo instead.

This worked out great because even with wind and driving rain outside, the  large front windows provided wonderful natural light.

What a cute family. I really enjoyed being given the opportunity to capture the natural joy that Jamie and Jess have with their new son Connor.

Babies are sleepy people though and can only tolerate a certain amount of photo pressure.

Thanks Jamie, Jess and Connor for allowing me in to your family for the day!

Two weeks in Mumbai, India

I recently had the opportunity to spend nearly two weeks in Mumbai India. I was asked to help out with a photography workshop put on by Visual Reportage Workshops.

I found Mumbai to be an exciting place filled  with generous people, as well as  a complete test to all of my senses.

Dharavi is known at the largest slum in the continent of Asia. It houses and employs well over half of a million people and exports goods all across the world. Although both living and working conditions are very grim, the people of Dharavi would prefer this over plans the government has to take over the land.

A girl walks along a water pipeline in Dharavi.

Tin structures along the railroad tracks provide housing for many in Dharavi.

One of the largest issues facing the people of India is the lack of clean water. In many areas running water is not available to the people on a regular basis and water delivery trucks provide clean water once each week. I witnessed people illegally selling small bags of water to those who missed the delivery.

A woman in Dharavi rinses her hand at a leaking pipe.

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Speed Post_Mumbai to Boston in a cotton sack

I was very excited and a bit surprised tonight to receive the package I had sent myself from Mumbai, India late last week. To be completely honest, I was surprised to see the contents at all.  The postal system I was strung through to get the package sent was on par with most other obstacles I faced while I was visiting Mumbai.

“Three photocopies of this, fill out these forms, you can’t send medicine sir (Tiger Balm), go see the ladies out there on the curb and they will sew up your package and seal it for you.”

” It is not possible sir for you to be the sender and receiver”

After quoting me two different prices to send the same package at the same speed, I went with the lesser amount and crossed my fingers. And just like the rest of the trip, things seemed to work out in the end. I now have three new bicycle bells (that are VERY loud) and a bunch of clothing and trinkets from Mumbai.

Thank you Speed Post.

Cocktails and Jewelry on Marlborough st.

I was recently asked  by Neiman Marcus to shoot a private party at a home on Marlborough street in Boston. I have been meaning to post a few photos from the event. Along with the usual cocktails, hors doeurves, the party featured  jewelry for sale by London Jeweler Stephen Webster, who attended the party as the guest of honor. I photographed this party just a few days after returning from Detroit to photograph the decay and sadness that is surrounding that city right now. For me it was really a sharp contrast to see both ends in such a short time.

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For me it was really a sharp contrast to see both ends in such a short time. While homes in Detroit are selling for as little as $50, there were items on the table in front of me selling for $50,000.

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Over time I have really begun to enjoy photographing private parties. I am given the chance to weave around a room and capture my take on the evening.

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Sometimes I feel like I am walking through a movie set, everything is done so perfectly.

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I find that I spend a lot of time looking for details.

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I feel I captured some great expressions that evening, using hands instead of faces.

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Halloween in Detroit continued

…………One of the places that we really wanted to see while in Detroit was the Lee Plaza Hotel.  The 15 story high rise building  used to be a very  fancy apartment complex with hotel amenities, and with its great views no doubt catered to the high class back when Detroit was thriving.

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It is safe to say that the area surrounding the hotel is not as nice as it used to be.  The hotel is blocked off by a chain link fence with barbed wire though we were able to find an opening around the back. From there, the only way inside was down.

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Once inside, we spent hours walking the wind swept hallways and  looking at what years of abandonment can do to what once was a beautiful place to be.  Each room was damaged beyond belief, with huge holes taken out of the concrete walls and graffiti everywhere.

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Moss grew on the floor of a room on the penthouse level.

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In the next room, a chair sat half way out a window.

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On the way down the back staircase we came across a floor where many belongings had been left and probably rummaged through for years. It was extremely dark and dank. A synthetic rose was left on the ground.

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