Nightlife at 360 Ultralounge

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360 ULTRALOUNGE - FINANCIAL DISTRICT - BOSTON - JULY 2007

Only months after graduating from college I was looking to photography as a way to make some money. One of my DJ friends (DJ Shyne) reached out and invited me to a night he was spinning at a now defunct nightclub in the Financial District of Boston. This was my first experience with both nightlife photography (that is, not of a band on stage) as well as using an off camera flash in a dimly lit environment. I don't believe I had been introduced to the Gary Fong yet, so there are definitely some unwelcome shadows. That said, I ended up with a a lot of your typical nightclub shots. But I also got some intriguing macro shots of the inner workings of a dance club DJ. Here are some of my favorites:

My Own Camera

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DERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE and EVERYWHERE (2007)

After roughly a year of borrowing cameras from my photo lab I decided it was time to purchase a camera of my own. Enter: the newly released Canon 30D. My decision was made by the fact that I had a Canon film body already with a sharp 28-105mm lens, and a very limited budget! I financed the camera through Calumet Photographic in Cambridge, MA and started bringing my camera literally everywhere. Here are just a few photos from a family gathering in the first few months of camera ownership:

p.s. Yes, I had a mohawk pretty consistently from roughly 2006 until 2009...more proof of that to come later I'm sure.

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:

Running Rampant with a Rented Camera

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - BILL'S BAR, LANDSDOWNE STREET (2006)

With my first actual photography class under my belt I discovered a new level of passion for photography I never knew existed. Perhaps more importantly I had made friends with the folks in the Northeastern photography lab - the ones who rented out equipment to photo students. It soon became a regular occurrence for me to rent out a Nikon D70s and parade around with it like a tourist visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

My most frequent destinations were the bars and nightclubs around the Boston area that hosted the area's music scene. I routinely carried my little point-and-shoot Canon, but I'll never forget the very first time I rented out a DSLR. There was a show later that night at Bill's Bar on Landsdowne Street featuring a band that my friends were in called Alpha Juliet. Beyond excited, I spent their entire set snapping pics right in front of the stage. In hindsight I may have even used a pop-up flash... (whoops!) You live, you learn...

p.s. man oh man have digital sensors come a long way. Despite the noise, all of these images were shot at ISO 400! Yikes!

My First PAID Photo Shoot!

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MISSION HILL (2006)

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: 

Start at the Beginning

As I settle in to this website redesign, I thought it would be an interesting yet enjoyable challenge to try and condense the last nine years of my photography as a Hollywood-style flashback. The general premise: I'll start with the oldest (digital) photos on my computer and post a blog entry reflecting on them, then I'll post newer photos and continue on until we're in the present. A daunting task to say the least. Nonetheless let's get started!

Piazza Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce

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FLORENCE, ITALY - SUMMER (2005)

Canon Powershot S230 - my first digital camera!

Canon Powershot S230 - my first digital camera!

In the Summer of 2005 I spent a month living with one of my best friends, Justin, on a second floor apartment overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The black and white photo above is of our apartment building. I packed an enormous piece of rolling luggage filled with lots of clothes....but the only camera I remember bringing was a little Canon point-and-shoot (my first digital camera). I had purchased a "massive" 512MB CF card to capture all the beauty that Italy had to offer. Here are the only photos that have stayed in my Lightroom library (for whatever reason) after all these years. If there's enough interest, I'll dig up the rest!