Today’s face is Tony Tester.
It’s kind of a continuation of yesterday’s kinky hair theme I guess. Tony, his brother Chuck and this guy Phil are Tester, a really fun, loud and raucous band. I first saw them at a bar in Framingham and see them out there from time to time. Since I’m pretty pressed for time today I don’t have much to say.
I will say that what I like about this picture is the half-face thing going on and the colors.
Today’s face is a woman with wonderfully kinky hair.
In April of 2012 my sister-in-law Sid wanted to go out for dinner and dancing on her birthday. I’m a big fan of both. A group of us – Sid and Steve, James and Chesley, Bill, Matt, Wendy and I – went out to the Fenway. I’m sure I could look back and find the name of the place we had dinner. It’s right there on Boylston. The food and drink were good.
After dinner we walked up a couple of blocks and went to a club downstairs. Again, the name escapes me but it wasn’t far. It turned out there was a fundraiser/memorial party that night. It was open to all though and there was a good crowd. It was a pretty gay crowd and a lot of fun. I danced for ages. Not everyone in our group was as into as I was but such is life.
During breaks from dancing I took the opportunity to talk with strangers and take some pictures. I don’t recall much of my conversation with this woman. Of course I asked if I could take her photograph and then we talked about how awesome her hair and necklace were and about what I was doing with the pictures. Pretty mundane stuff.
Anyway, I really liked her face, her hair, her necklace, her smile and her attitude and hope you will too.
Today’s Face of the day is Mr. Willingham.
Perhaps you wonder why he receives an honorific when no other photos do. It’s because he was one of my teachers at The New Hampton School. I was only at New Hampton for my senior year (though I wish it had been longer) and had a great time. It’s been a long time since I graduated and some of the specifics are lost on me; like what class I had with Mr. Willingham for example. What I do remember is being in a play with him (but not what play . . .).
I took this photo four years ago during a reunion weekend. Mr. Willingham was no longer teaching and had morphed into Fred. A group of former students spent some time with him at the school and at his house. What’s funny is that he hadn’t really changed at all. He looked pretty much as I remembered him.
What I like about this picture is the expression on his face and the color.
For the last two weeks I’ve been off on vacation and it was great. But summer is fast ending and it’s time again for things to return to their normal course. Part of that is the return of the Face of the Day.
Today’s face is of a backup singer for Stephen Marley, taken at the House of Blues in Boston two years ago.
Wendy has always been a big reggae fan and we go to shows when we can (which is less often than we’d like). In 2011 we went to this show at the HOB. It was a lot of fun. What I like about this picture is the color. The purple and orange on her face and the halo of her hair looked so good.
Today’s face is a waiter in Inman Square.
I took this four years ago so he might not be working there anymore, and to be honest, I don’t recall the name of the place either. It’s tagged Paces but I can’t find a Paces in Inman (aside from Pace’s but that isn’t the place).
My colleague Sheila’s roommate was exhibiting some art at a coffee shop up the street so after work we went over to Inman to check it out. After a while we realized it’s pretty boring watching people hang pictures so we walked up the street to grab a beer. We ended up at this place and it was all good.
My favorite thing about this picture is the shadows on his face. The silliest thing about this picture is the lame photobomb attempt in the lower left. If you’re going to do it do it right.
Today’s face is a woman at a bar on New Year’s Eve.
For a long time I relied on a flash to photograph faces. Part of it was just what I was used to, and part of it was that I didn’t have any lenses fast enough to work well in low light situations. This night, New Year’s Eve 2010, I was out late with my friend Matt. Matt is pretty into gear. For a while he was getting camera equipment but his first love is sound stuff.
He had a 30mm 1.4 lens with him and I borrowed it for a while. I was talking to this woman and asked if I could get her picture. She had a cool pixieish look and said “yes”. I really like the colors in this one, how vibrant they are but not super bright.
A funny note, or at least a coincidental one, is that I bumped into her again a few months later. It was at the Somerville Theater when Wendy and I were there to see Jonathan Richman. That’s one thing I’ve found about the 1000faces project – there are often strange connections between the people I photograph and the photographs themselves. It’s cool.
Missed yesterday. Busy busy day. Such is life.
Today’s face is a man in the Flatiron District in New York.
I seem to go to New York at least once a month for business. It’s a treat for me since I love the city. Most of the time I’m up in the Flatiron District. For a while I was staying in a really cheap hotel in the neighborhood. No elevator, shared bathrooms, it was kind of beat after a while. The area is fun though and there are plenty of places to walk around and things to check out.
A couple of years ago I was out taking pictures, stopping people on the street. The man above was one of them. What’s curious about him is that he didn’t look at the camera. Sometimes people will ask me what I want them to do and I tell them to do nothing, just be themselves.
This guy was working on building out a restaurant and was sitting outside taking a break. I asked for his picture and he was fine with it. He got up and gazed off into the distance.
Today’s face is a jeweler in New Hope Pennsylvania.
A few years ago I was visiting my parents and my dad gave me a watch of his that I remembered from when I was a boy. This wasn’t some fine heirloom timepiece, just a run-of-the-mill Timex from the early 70s I guess. And to be honest, it wasn’t the watch that was special as much as it was the band. Leather, almost two inches wide, it was emblematic of its time.
Try as I might to get it running, the watch wouldn’t work. So one morning when we were in New Hope to have some breakfast, run some errands and look around I brought it in to have it looked at. This was the person who looked at it. When we came back later that day she gave me the bad news – the watch would need a fair amount of work.
Since the watch wasn’t what made it cool I replaced it with a newer run-of-the-mill Timex. I wear it from time-to-time and always get compliments. It’s a cool watch.
Today’s face is my barber, Italo DeMasi.
I think there are three barber shops in Natick Center, two at least. When we first moved to town 15 years ago I went to Sportsman’s. It was a good place, three or four chairs, very mellow. Pennants hung from the ceiling, along walls covered with photos and clippings. Then the owner retired and the guy who cut my hair died. Apparently the shop was already in the process of being sold and it was changing, getting cleaned up and took on a different look and feel. It was time for me to move on.
At the time I was working in Kendall Square and found that one of my old barbers was working there so my problem was solved. But things get busy during the day and it can be hard sometimes to find the time. So I went when I could but still needed a place near home.
Bruno’s is where I went. The shop has been open since 1959. When I started going, Bruno was still working there. He’s since retired, but his brother Italo runs things now. Italo is my next door neighbor’s uncle, plays the accordion and clarinet and is a great booster for the town. Even if I don’t sit in his chair, it’s always good to catch up.
Today’s face is a magician’s assistant.
At least that’s what I was told. This picture was taken in Beverly five years ago. At the time I was with Weber Shandwick and we were doing some work with GM. The program was intended to introduce people to GM cars in unexpected venues. We had a fleet of cars – a little Saturn convertible, a hybrid Suburban, a really fun Cadillac, a Buick – I can’t remember them all now and would take them to different events in eastern Massachusetts.
We went to the Bolton Fair, Newbury Street, the big milk bottle by the Children’s Museum, a BC football game, all over. It was a lot of fun and people seemed to enjoy checking out the cars. One of the events was a Lobster Festival in Beverly. It was a raw and rainy day. We had two cars with us – a Saturn and a Suburban – and set them up as best we could at the edge of a muddy field.
I don’t recall if the magician was with us or just happened to be nearby. In either case, he was a friendly fellow whose act (at least what I remember of it) was mostly making balloon animals. This woman was with him and was doing face painting.
Because the weather was lousy and the crowds thin, we all ended up talking – the Weber team and the magician and his assistant. It turned out that she was either a relative or a friend of a relative and had come from Russia. Her role and her relationship with the magician was kind of unclear. She was friendly though, and pretty, and her pink hat was a bit of bright color on a drab midsummer day.