Earlier this year I spent a couple days inside Boston's Franklin Park Zoo's Veterinary Hospital for a New York Times story about the zoo's partnership with Harvard Medical School for an unusual fellowship opportunity for medical students. These students, all focusing on human medicine, spend a month at the zoo shadowing the veterinary team at the zoo to provide medical care to the zoo's animal population. As one of the students told me, it's not as outlandish as it might seem at first glance. The history of medicine is replete with examples of diseases or syndromes first discovered and treated in animal populations. Second, it's useful to treat patients who can't describe their syndromes because that is common in practicing human medicine. Third, there are idiosyncrasies in animal expressions of certain diseases that might inform future treatment methods in humans. Giraffes, I was told, have very high blood pressure, but don't suffer the sames sorts of illnesses associated with high blood pressure in humans.
This one was an absolute joy to photograph, but difficult due to the sensitive nature of the animals, low lighting in many of the environments, and speed with which the veterinarians worked as they attempted to minimize the impact they had on animals during their treatment.
For the Chronicle of Higher Education and its magazine, I've photographed portraits, protests, seminars, and student parents, around New England in recent months. These are a few favorites from those assignments. Thanks, as always, to Rose and Erica for all the work!
Earlier this year, I spent a couple quick days wandering around Saguaro National Park's eastern and western portions. It was my first time really seeing cacti like that in the wild, much less a cactus forest, and I couldn't help but take a few shots of such a strange landscape.
Thousands of people marched from Roxbury Crossing to Boston Common as part of the March For Our Lives protest and demonstration against gun violence on March 24, 2018. The student-led movement focused on recent school shootings, including that in Parkland, Florida. There was also a small contingent of pro-gun activists, dwarfed by those in favor of curbing access to guns, who were argumentative with the crowd (causing at least one woman to cry); they were eventually escorted out of the park by police.
More pictures available at my archive: March For Our Lives - Protest against gun violence - Boston, MA - 24 March 2018
From Winograd's well-known picture to stories from friends and family, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is one of the jewels of the US National Park Service that I've always wanted to visit. I finally got the chance, for two sunsets, on a holiday trip in December, and it was everything I'd imagined. What a treat it was to crawl over the dunes as the sky turned from blue to orange to pink to black.
More pictures at my archive: White Sands National Monument - Dunes - Sunset - Tourism - New Mexico - 29 and 30 Dec 2017