Today’s face of the day is Nat Hefferman
For a few years I worked at Davies Murphy Group (nee SparkSource); first in Lexington and then in Burlington. One of the people I worked with their was Bobbie Carlton. Nat is Bobbie’s husband.
Nat and I only met a few times and never talked much, which is too bad. One of the things Bobbie used to talk about about Nate was his music. Nat is a brass/woodwind guy – plays bassoon and some anachronistic horn I think. What I’m curious about is the horn and the group he plays it in. For some reason I think (probably incorrectly) it’s an old time brass band.
As someone who plays in a string band I like efforts to preserve (but still interpret) music from the past. The next time I see Nat perhaps we can talk about music for a bit. This picture is from the last time we met (almost four years old) so it might be a while . . .
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 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.
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.
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 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 Jonathan Richman.
Wendy and I went and saw Jonathan Richman play at the Somerville Theater in 2011. It was a good show and a lot of fun. We live in Natick now, which is his home town. I can’t recall when I first heard his music but I suspect is was in 1985 when I worked at Mississippi’s restaurant in Kenmore Square. Everyone brought in tapes to play during their shifts and it was always a wildly eclectic mix.
Over the course of any night you’d be likely to hear the Meat Puppets, Frank Sinatra, Yellowman, Hank Williams, the Butthole Surfers, Johnny Cash, etc. The experience definitely broadened my taste in music.
Jonathan Richman’s music has always felt very playful to me. Sure there are some serious and thoughtful songs but most of them are just catchy, silly and fun. When we saw him play it was a pretty simple sound, just him on guitar and a drummer. Simple but awesome. And on the subject of awesome, Roadrunner is being considered as the official rock song of Massachusetts. It’s up again Dream On but come on, how could you not go with the Modern Lovers?
For your listening pleasure, here are a couple of songs by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. Check ’em out.
Today’s face is a man on the street.
Last week I included the face of a woman with amazing eyebrows I’d photographed following a geocaching event. Today’s photo is a man seen the week before as Sheila and I were putting the routes together. He was sitting on a wall in front of the Landmark Center over near Fenway Park.
We stopped and talked with him for a while about what we were doing, what he was doing, the weather, nothing much. It turned out he worked at a Barnes & Noble out near where I live and I ended up bumping into him there after taking this photo. He was totally friendly. When I asked if I could tak his picture he said sure and proceeded to put on his camera face.
It’s an odd thing that so many guys want to look angry/sullen when they have their pictures taken. That wasn’t how this guy was at all when we talked. He was animated, smiling, laughing – until the camera came out. In my 1000faces project there are dozens of examples of men who switch from their normal look to something akin to this for pictures. People have suggested all different reasons for the transformation but I still don’t understand it.
Anyway, that’s today’s face. Let me know if you have ideas about “guy camera face.”
Today’s face is an awesome helmet from the Higgins Armory.
When my kids were younger we went to the Higgin’s Armory several times. It’s the largest collection of armor in the Western Hemisphere and it’s very very cool. Unfortunately, it’s also about to close its doors. The collection is going to be folded into the Worcester Art Museum. You have until December 31st the see the collection at the Higgins, you should check it out there if you can.
Today’s face is the trivial guy at The Sycamore in San Francisco.
Back in 1989 Wendy and I left Boston and drove across the country to San Francisco. We rented a big truck and had a ball stopping here and there along the way. When we got to San Francisco and were driving down Mission Street, we wondered what life would be like and thought about what we’d left behind. When we turned onto Sycamore Street and found a place to park we were greeted by a syringe on the steps of the building we’d be living in with our friends Jess and Bill.
It might not have been an auspicious start but it was the beginning of on of the most wonderful times in our life together. We stayed in SF from 89 to 95 and so much happened in those years. Some really great and some very hard. Such is life.
Every now and then I go to SF on business and in May of 2012 I found myself back in the Mission for dinner with a client. When dinner was over I went for a drink with one of my clients. Earlier that day I’d walked around the neighborhood and had stopped in at The Sycamore for a beer, so suggested we go there.
When we got to the bar it was trivia night and the fellow above was the host. We stuck around and played a bit (I’m pretty good at trivia) and when the night was over I talked with him for a while and got his picture. It was fun.
Walking past my old apartment (where we’d lived for only a few weeks before moving to Church Street) and back to my hotel I wondered what life would be like if we’d never left back in 95. I miss those times. Less for the time and place though than for that time in my life with Wendy. I can’t say I regret moving back to Boston. The life we have here is pretty good too.