All in the Eyes

Believe it or not, in the early days of my photography education I never took photos of people. I'd take "urban landscapes," photos of architecture, light and shadows, but - for whatever reason - never people. Until one day an assignment required portraiture and so I was forced to find some people to photograph. The result? To my surprise the images I printed were received very positively, and yet, my professor and collectively my class wanted more. They challenged me to continue to explore capturing images of people.

The overwhelming majority of my early work are black & white fiber prints from 35mm film. I hope in the future to take the time to scan these images and add the best prints to my portfolio. That said, I did scan this final project for one of my photo classes. The project was simply titled "Eyes" and its premise was fairly simple: take a single model, photograph her in one pose three times, only changing the directionality or angle of her gaze in each photo. Then present the three photos as a triptych with the final photo looking directly at the viewer. While the technical execution could have been cleaner, I was and still am quite proud of the results:

My First PAID Photo Shoot!



Fast forward now to early 2006. I had been outgrowing my little point-and-shoot Canon for quite awhile now, but had been supplementing my photographic yearning with a hand-me-down Canon Rebel X film camera. It was by far the most "advanced" film camera in my analog photography class I was in at Northeastern University. That said, it lacked the romance of an analog film camera. While my love of photography was growing exponentially I was still a Music major and frequently hanging out with musicians in class, at gigs, and the like. Word of my photographic passion began to spread and it wasn't too far into Spring semester of my Junior year that I was approached by a friend of mine to take promo photos of his band. How exciting! Better yet, he was going to pay me for my time and effort! I spent the afternoon scoping out a location for our shoot. I finally stumbled upon The Mission Church on Tremont Street in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston. There was outdoor space around the exterior of the basilica that I thought was really unique, and the band agreed. Here are some film scans from the shoot: