Jim Gilmore campaign for Time magazine

A big thank you to Paul at Time magazine for his continued support for my work throughout the New Hampshire primary. He hired me for the final two days of the primary to follow around last-place Republican nominee Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia. It was a quirky but fascinating story, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

You can see the full story on Time's website: Finishing Last: A Day in the Life of Presidential Candidate Jim Gilmore.

Tasty Burger, The Verb Hotel, and other Fenway nightlife for the New York Times

A few weeks ago I got a call from the New York Times to photograph the late-night scene in Boston's Fenway area, focusing especially on The Verb hotel and the late-night crowd at Tasty Burger's outdoor window. It was a fun shoot and a great chance to explore a part of the city that I don't spend much time in.

You can see the article and a few of my pictures here: Fenway Park’s Neighborhood Changes, but Keeps Its Character

Labor Day spotlight on MIT’s custodians

For Labor Day for MIT's News Office, I photographed a handful of custodians in the school's Department of Facilities. I've really shot against a backdrop and I had about 45 minutes to photograph 11 people before they clocked out after a night shift, so the project was a wonderful challenge. We chose a simple white background to emphasize the faces and personality across the diverse staff.

The images ended up as MIT's homepage for the Labor Day weekend.


On the street in Xian, China

I had a couple of days in Xian, China, in between trips to Chongqing, Yan'an, and Pingliang last year. It was brutally hot, but I tried to get out and explore for at least a few hours each day. The town's a common stop on the tourist route; the Terracotta Warriors were found not far outside the city.

But on this visit, I decided to spend my time mostly outside the city walls in the growing outer districts where people live. I went to out-of-the-way parks, took subways and buses to the ends of their lines, ducked into alleyway markets, found small temples not listed in tourguides, and otherwise just tried to go to places where a tourist might not have reason to go.

On top of Hua Shan – Domestic tourism in China

I'm fascinated by tourism, especially in China. So last summer, I jumped at the chance to go to Hua Shan (Mount Hua), one of China's five great mountains. It's a little ways outside of Xian, Shaanxi Province, and it's full of tourists, photo hawkers, and workers carrying heavy loads up what seem like indefinite staircases. Most skip the stairs and just take a cable car to the top where they can check out temples and hazy views of surrounding peaks and farmland.

The group I was with was on a fast schedule, so I could only visit one of the 5 peaks at Hua Shan in the hour we were on top, and unfortunately I didn't get anywhere close to the infamous plank path.

Recent portraits for MIT News

I photograph a lot of students, professors, and scientists for MIT's News Office, but it's been a while since I've shown any here on my website (my last roundup of these portraits was in 2012). These are a few favorites from the past year. These shoots are always tough...labs look very similar, the subjects are pressed for time (20 minutes or less is common), and it's difficult to get access ahead of time to scout or set up equipment.

Here you can see the following people: undergraduate architecture student Tiandra Ray, International Programs Professor in Management and Professor of Finance Jonathan Parker, Associate Professor of Biological Engineering Ernest Fraenkel, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Domitilla Del Vecchio, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tonio Buonassisi, Robert A. Swanson Career Development Associate Professor of Life Sciences Jeroen Saeij, Associate Professor of Marketing Juanjuan Zhang, Associate Professor of Biology Iain Cheeseman, David Austin Professor of Management at the Sloan School of Management Sinan Aral, and Adjunct Professor at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and 2014 Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker.

These and more from my work photographing MIT faculty and students are available for licensing in my archive.

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