Let me tell you that some days it’s tough to come up with a theme. That’s why I love it when people suggest them to me. Today no one sent me any ideas so I had to come up with one all by myself. I have no idea why I decided to go with plaid but it is what it is. I hope you enjoy the photographs. Be a pal though and send some suggestions my way, OK?
This is the third set dedicated to a single person but there will be more! The first was my darling wife Wendy, next came my pal Karyn and now it’s Scott Damgaard’s turn. I met Scott on March 12, 2008 – coming up on four years ago if you stretch it. He plays guitar, sings and hosts Boneoke at the Bone in Framingham. He plays all over Boston and is a great guy and a lot of fun.
I’m very lucky. Years ago I got connected with MIT by chance and that has led to a number of cool opportunities for me to take photographs of some very smart and interesting people. The Communication Forum, Media in Transition and most recently the Emerging Technology conference are all events that my camera has taken me too. Here are some shots of speakers I’ve taken over the years.
First, I feel terrible that I didn’t post yesterday. It’s the first time since I started that I haven’t posted. Boo me. But . . . today is a new day!
One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve looked at the thousands of face photos is the number of people who tilt their heads in photographs. I can’t figure it out. Does anyone have any ideas? If you do let me know. I’m stumped.
It’s been long enough since the season ended to create a little Sox content. There is perhaps no more ubiquitous symbol of New England than the Red Sox cap. The dropped “r” is a close second but come on, the blue hat with the red “B” is like a beacon. Here are a dozen photographs of fans from over the years. I haven’t limited myself to the classic cap but have a variety here that show the range of Red Sox fandom.
Summer is a memory here in New England. Sure, we’ve had a few warm – even hot – days recently; but we’ve also had frost on the windows. To keep that summer feeling alive for a little longer I decided to pull some shots of people wearing their sunglasses. They have it made in the shade and I hope you do too.
This was suggested to me as a good idea for a set and I agree. Here’s the issue. When I take people’s pictures I walk up to them and ask if I can do it. Sometimes they say “yes” and everything is good. Sometimes they say “no” and I thank them and leave them alone. Sometimes they want to know why and I explain the project. After that most say “yes.” The thing is, once I’ve had a conversation with someone and they say “yes” it means we’ve had a positive interaction. And after a positive interaction most people are trying to look tough. At least most women don’t – as you may have seen in the Tough Guys set there are plenty of guys for whom looking tough is a natural pose.
I had to look through the 1000faces photographs really closely and lower the bar to find a dozen women who might be said to look tough. It’s really more that they aren’t smiling. Not exactly tough though now is it? In any case, here they are – the closest I could get to tough girls . . .
One of the best things about 1000faces is that I’ve met a TON of people. Most of the time I see someone, ask for their photo, explain the project and go on my merry way. Some of the time I end up hearing from the people I photograph. And once in a while someone I photograph goes on to become a friend. That’s what happened with Karyn. The first time I took her photograph was more than three years ago. Over time we became friends. For a few years we went to the Bone every Wednesday and always had fun. Then in August Karyn moved to Omaha to work on her PhD. Good for her but sad. She’s coming back to Boston for a visit tomorrow so I thought it was a good time to do a Daily Dozen of her photographs.