Face of the Day: 7.23

Today’s face is the trivial guy at The Sycamore in San Francisco.

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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.

Random face of the day

I decided to try a new approach to sharing photographs today: randomness. I have four sets of almost a thousands faces in each. The first random choice was which of the four to use as a starting point. I closed my eyes and clicked and got number for. It takes a long time for Flickr to load all the images. Until it does they’re just grey boxes. I scrolled down and up and clicked and got this image:

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This is Michael Schreck. When I took this he was the CEO of Zmags. I can’t say for sure what he’s doing now but I can say that I like this picture and had a good time photographing him the day we took this. Coincidentally I was just in the same building the other day photographing another group of executives.

Favorite Faces

Some time ago I tried doing a “Daily Dozen” of themed face photographs from my 1000faces project. It was a fine idea but it was incredibly labor intensive, taking well over an hour every day. After a few months I started slipping and just had to abandon the series. It’s too bad because it was a lot of fun. What I’ve decided to do now – since I’m still photographing faces and want to share them – is to do occasional posts of some of my favorite faces.

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This is my wife Wendy. I’m so happy to have her in my life. I took this at a restaurant in Ossipee, New Hampshire. Our kids were in camp so the two of us were able to get away for a week. We went up to Portland (which was great) and then drove to New Hampshire. The morning after this was taken we went and picked up our daughter and then our son. We’re really lucky to be able to get away – whether it’s been Portland, Montreal, New York or wherever. I’m a huge fan of Wendy’s hair, eyes and smile.

Daily Dozen – Back to School

August is a tough month. It certainly is as far as posting photos goes. Every year I see a big dip in my photographic productivity in August. Part of it is that I’m on vacation and even though I take pictures I don’t do a great job of processing and posting them. That trend continued in 2012. But summer is over and it’s time for everyone to buckle down and get serious again. That’s why today’s theme is back to school.

As a rule, I don’t photograph kids (I do, but I don’t post them any where) so it’s harder to say who’s a student. Thankfully, since I talk a bit with everyone whose picture I take, I know that all the faces in today’s set are students (or at least were when I took their photograph). Obviously none of them are on their way to middle school – over even high school. These students are mostly in grad school but it still counts!

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Daily Dozen – Men in Uniforms, Costumes or Other Fancy Attire

I was going to do a set of men who are big fans of Harry Potter but realized I don’t really have enough photos to sustain it. Instead, branching off that, I decided to do a set of images of men dressed in unusual ways. There are some fellows in costumes, some in uniforms, a few just bedecked with some small element that says, “hey, look, I’m having fun!”

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Harry and The Potters 10th Bandiversary
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If this guy says it . . .
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David Ortiz singles - 5/20
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Daily Dozen – Women Wearing Pearls

Don’t know what’s behind today’s set. I think it was just opening my photo stream and seeing a picture of a woman wearing pearls. I can’t vouch for all of the pearls in these photographs being real, but it’s the thought that counts.

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Helen Nissenbaum of NYU speaking at #FoE5
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Daily Dozen – Smirking Men

How do you define a smirk? I’m going with slightly crooked close-mouthed smiles. I had a bunch of them with varying degrees of crookedness. Hope you dig them.

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Daily Dozen – Long and Dark May it Wave

This is the set I’d planned to do last Friday – women with long dark wavy hair. It’s hard to make a distinction between wavy and curly so I apologize if it’s a mixed bag but I try.

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Daily Dozen – Goin’ to the Chapel

Every day there are between four and five thousand weddings in the United States. I’ve seen number saying more than six thousand in some places. Tomorrow my friend Abby is getting married. Originally today’s set was going to feature women with long wavy hair (which I’ll do on Monday I guess) but as I tagged photos I came across Abby’s photos a few times and thought, “oh yeah, she’s getting married tomorrow, I’ll do a set!” And so that’s what I did.

I met Abby almost exactly four years ago (July 30, 2008 – I know because I took her picture). Her then roommate Karyn (maybe they weren’t roommates at the time, probably not actually) became one of my truest pals so I’ve seen Abby here and there frequently over the past few years. Less, I guess since Karyn moved to Nebraska. Anyhow, like I was saying, lots of people get married and now it’s Abby’s turn. Fred’s the guy she’s marrying and he’s cool too. Here’s wishing them good fortune and a long and happy life together!

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Boneoke - 8/6
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