New York Times Tearsheet – Semper Ficus: Office plants left behind during the pandemic

What a rare treat it is to get a full page of the New York Times devoted to photos, and even more surreal when it's the end result of letting my mind wander a bit in the shower. I started thinking one day about what happened to all the desk plants left behind when offices were abandoned at the start of the pandemic in March and started making a few calls to see if the interior plant services were still operating during stay-at-home orders.

Thanks to Brent Murray, photo editor for the NYT Sunday Business section, for being receptive to the pitch and supportive throughout the process, to the design team for figuring out what to do with all my verticals, and to the owners and employees of Plantwerks, Cityscapes, and Garden Streets for letting me follow along as they cared for their plants in offices around downtown and suburban Boston.

I'm especially proud of what you can see below, which is my first byline in the Times. I've done assignments for the paper off and on since 2005, but having my name at the top of the piece is a first. I only wish I'd been the one to come up with "Semper Ficus"...

You can see the piece online, as well: Semper Ficus: Who’s Keeping Abandoned Office Plants Alive?

Bernie Sanders and the NH Primary for Mother Jones

Thank you to Mark at Mother Jones for reaching about covering a day in the last week of the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary. The piece, published on Feb. 12, is well worth a read: FrontrunnerBernie Sanders now leads the Democratic primary, thanks to a campaign that became its own message.

I previously covered politics for Mother Jones at the 2016 conventions: These Photos Reveal Moments From Hillary Clinton’s Philadelphia Convention That Few Will Ever See and Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Trump’s Bizarre GOP Convention

Bernie Sanders and the NH Primary for The New Republic

A big thanks to Stephanie at The New Republic for calling me to photograph Bernie Sanders in the final week of the New Hampshire presidential primary. You can read the excellent piece my work accompanies at TNR's website: This is How Bernie Wins

Joe Biden in New York Magazine

A big thanks to Marvin at New York magazine for reaching out about my work covering Joe Biden to accompany Olivia Nuzzi's excellent profile of the campaign. It's the third time my photos have accompanied her reporting (after the Hope Hicks and Pete Buttigieg profiles)

The photo appeared in the Oct. 28, 2019, issue of New York and is also available online: The Zombie Campaign: Joe Biden is the least formidable front-runner ever. Will it matter?

Politics and potatoes at the Iowa State Fair for Time

For Time magazine, I spent 5 days at the Iowa State Fair in August, covering the candidates at the Political Soapbox and the chaos of the fair, from champion potatoes to the accordion contest. It was an absolute dream assignment (well...except for the heat and humidity!) just wandering around finding interesting people to talk to and photograph. You can see Time's edit on the magazine's website: Potatoes and Politics: See Photos From the 2019 Iowa State Fair. This will be a vital part of my ongoing coverage of the 2020 election.

Huge thanks go to editors Paul Moakley, Katherine Pomerantz, and Kim Bubello, for the support and for the thoughtful edit.

Las Vegas image in Germany’s Manager Magazin

It's always nice to find new life for an old picture. In this case, Germany's "Manager Magazin," in the July 1, 2019, edition of the magazine used a photo from a couple years ago for a piece on the business of Las Vegas. The image was originally shot on the "Bus to November" project I did a couple years ago with Bloomberg, traveling across the US from Philadelphia to Los Angeles by Greyhound Bus for 2 weeks.

Thanks to Martin for finding a way to use the picture!

Lisette Cooper of Athena Capital Advisors for Bloomberg Special Report

For a Bloomberg Market Special Report magazine on "Family Offices," I photographed Lisette Cooper, Chief Investment Officer at Athena Capital Advisors. Thanks to Donna Cohen for the call and the great layout in the magazine!

Pete Buttigieg campaigning in New Hampshire for New York magazine

A big thanks to Marvin for calling me at the last minute to cover one of Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg's recent campaign swing through New Hampshire for New York magazine. It was a quick shoot, with no special access, but it was a joy to get assigned to just do my thing while covering the candidate's ascendance to the top of the 2020 Democratic primary field. My pictures accompany Olivia Nuzzi's excellent profile of Buttigieg. The piece ended up as the cover story for the April 14-28, 2019, issue of New York.

Thanks again to Marvin, Jody, Olivia, and the rest of the talented team at New York magazine.

Foundation Medicine rebranding

I was commissioned by pharmaceutical company Foundation Medicine to produce a variety of imagery for their rebranding. Here is one of the images in context, as the main image of their website. This was all part of a multi-part shoot including studio portraits of patients, on-location portraits of employees, and lifestyle images of patients at home, all for a variety of uses by the brand. Weeks of planning resulted in a handful of shoots that wouldn't have happened without a phenomenal team helping behind the scenes.

Ace assistant: Peter Gumaskas
Hair and Makeup: Maryelle Artistry
Studio and rentals: High Output - Brighton
Location production: M Doucette Production
Talent: NEMG

Big thanks also to Catherine, Katie, Ira, and Ben, at Foundation Medicine for bringing me on for the job.

You can see more of the final images in the Recent Work section of this site.