Something that many of my readers here may not know is that my thesis was a photographic exploration of self-segregation in certain Boston neighborhoods.  I spent about 1/3rd of my time shooting in Boston, 1/3rd of it researching in various libraries across the state, and 1/3rd of it putting everything together into a book back on campus in western Massachusetts.  Though I focused on specific neighborhoods for the project, I also spent a decent amount of time in the city in general and really enjoyed getting to discover the city through my lens.  This is one of my favorite “off the clock” photographs from my time spent shooting there.

A student sits on the side of the Christian Science Center reflecting pool near the Prudential Center in Boston, MA. Taken in 2006.

When I look back at my older work, it is in some ways less sophisticated, as I was less practiced and had a much poorer understanding of processing, but I also think that in many ways, I used to observe more and shoot less, and the light in some of my earlier work such as this is truly astounding and 100% natural.  This image is almost SOC (straight out of the camera) and I personally don’t think I’ve had images that look this good SOC in years.  I really would like to get back to shooting more work like this.

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