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Harvard University – MC Escher Style

Harvard University - MC Escher Style

Took this photo a couple years ago when a friend came to visit. We went to Boston, and I tried to include all of those quintessential moments — the Common, the historical sites, and of course walking across the Charles to Harvard.

I left this shot in black and white to emphasize the patterns. Really reminds me of some of Escher’s crazy work.

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Boston Common – Surreal Spring

Visited the Boston Common yesterday and was completely blown away by the beautiful blooming trees, tulips, and multiple weddings going on in the park. It was teeming with life and almost surreal.

In editing these, I was really going for something different. My aesthetic is a constantly changing thing, and inspiration can come from anywhere — even a new pair of sunglasses. That’s right, my sunglasses. When I put them on, the bright green leaves against the deep blue sky just popped. When editing, I wanted to mimic this look, and the result made me think I also got some inspiration from fellow WordPress-ing photog Infraredrobert. His work at Digital Infrared is pretty great, and if you like my work here, you’ll certainly get a kick out of his gallery.

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The imMEDIAcy

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BREAKING: Every time a nationally broadcasted disaster occurs, we are reminded of the shortcomings of mass media, particularly the need to get the facts first… even if they’re not correct. But we need answers. We crave crave imMEDIAcy.

April was full of a lot of shocking headlines, and the Boston Marathon bombings certainly caught the attention of the nation. As a member of the Massachusetts media, I was on especially high alert during the event, and as someone living not too far from the happenings, I was pretty shaken up. Still, in the aftermath of all of this, I can’t help but try to shed some light on the issue — not the act, but the response.

It’s All CNN’s Fault… Right? After the TV news station’s premature report that officials had a suspect in custody, CNN was blasted for their incorrect reporting. This type of thing happens every time. It’s just a question of who will blow it first. But here, we can’t honestly point the finger at CNN.

The (not always) all-knowing wire service that is the Associated Press (AP) was first to tweet the false news. CNN just picked it up first. After them, a domino-effect of reporting — the New York Times (and ALLLL the media outlets they own, including the Boston Globe) and others including the one I work for, as the report trickled down from the source. In these modern times, and especially these times of tragedy and FBI searching, the audience is waiting. And newsrooms have to put out something. It’s that immediate craving for an answer that drives us to hasty decisions and CNN to a bad rap. Thanks, AP.

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Sources? It’s a Secret. In that same vein, my mind was puzzled by a local TV station. The Wednesday following the event, newscasters in the area were still on 24-hour watch, showing a pretty boring shot of the Boston courthouse, rambling about potential leads, photos, etc. The area held their breath. And during that time, after the CNN misstep, one newscaster raised the question — “And you’re probably wondering. You hear us say all the time ‘our sources… our sources,’ but who are these sources we’re mentioning?” If only she had answered the question.

The newscaster and her sidekick stumbled around the answer, saying they didn’t want to give up too much about their secret methods. Anonymity never made any journalist look good, per se, but these anchors were clearly not prepared for the can of worms they had just accidentally opened. I’m sure “their sources” were on the right side of the misreported suspects, too.

The most listened to scanners on Friday, after the bombings. Note Wisconsin.

The most listened to scanners on Friday, after the bombings. Note Wisconsin.

Police Scanners During a crazy, frightening, unexpected event like the Boston Marathon bombing, responses can be impulsive. During the Watertown manhunt on Friday, tens of thousands turned to local police scanners, as the independent journo in all local citizens came out. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this practice, police scanners (harboring sometimes unverified information) plus Twitter, can make for some spotty, quickly spread information. (The general theme here.)

Scanners were eventually shut off to online listeners… and good thing. Just take a look at that screen grab via someone I follow on Twitter. Watertown, Wisconsin. Oh, the imMEDIAcy.


A Shot at Infographics

I’ve been doing some design work in my final semester of grad school, including an advocacy poster and logo design. Before we move on to the final project for the course, we were instructed to use good design to convey information — something that can easily become too complex if you’re not careful.

I picked a topic that relates to what I’m working on for my capstone project, which revolves around Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Statement: For my third class project, I decided to design an infographic. I’ve always admired how someone can make a beautifully designed, informative, inviting and interesting composition. My topic relates to my capstone project, which revolves around Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. I took the information from a posting on their Facebook page and tried to reconceptualize it. I wanted to make the poster more inviting than the topic suggests. It’s likely people wouldn’t want to think about children who have sustained burns, but when displayed in a more simple and visually appealing manner, perhaps more attention would be captured by this infographic than seeing the fact written out in a matter-of-fact way.

I also added a new slogan for the hospital, “Help the Healing,” which I think is more compelling than their current “Love to the Rescue” campaign.


Slideshow: Beautiful Spring Morning in Boston

Spent the early morning walking around the Back Bay. Thought I was going to do some street portraits (see them here: http://tinyurl.com/ae22ezr), but the springtime sun captured my attention more than I anticipated. Now if we could just get some leaves on the trees….

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A World of Advertising

I hate flying home for the holidays. The ends justifies the means, so I do it, but the whole process of getting to the airport, being practically strip-searched in front of strangers, and having to hold a jumping jack pose while being electronically scanned is just ridiculous. I feel like it probably couldn’t get much worse.

When I finally get through that headache and am sitting in Logan’s kind of crappy terminals complete with hotel reject carpeting and linked chairs reeking of hospital waiting rooms, I take the free Wi-Fi gladly. I can waste some time on Facebook, keep mom up to date with my safe traveling, and see how much warmer it’s going to be when I’m home, and finally in the door.
This season, however, BMW wanted to make my life a little more ridiculous. Boston Logan, an airport that always prides itself on its free Wi-Fi for guests, now has BMW introducing the service. On their login page, the option for free Wi-Fi is only available if you take a survey or watch a video. Granted, I did write this in the meantime, so I wasn’t so subjected, but c’mon… Now, not only do I have the adverts blasting in my ear, on TVs and the intercom, but also on my own computer when I’m trying to get your free Wi-Fi? Enough already!


Art of the Americas wing opens at Boston’s MFA

After 11 years of preparation, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston celebrated the opening of their new $345 million Art of the Americas wing on Saturday November 20th. Admission to the new area was free to the public, and the museum was packed with visitors lined out the door.

A wide-angle view of the 63-foot-high ceilings of the new Shapiro Family Courtyard

Fifty-three new galleries are now open in the new wing devoted North, South and Central American art from the Pre-Columbian era through the third quarter of the twentieth century, adding 133,491 square feet to the museum’s footprint, a 28 percent increase.

The courtyard

The new wing highlight’s the city’s central role in American history. Boston’s MFA was founded in 1870 and has been expanding ever since.

Many of the wing’s galleries are dedicated to individual artists or artistic movements including Native North American art, African-American artists, the colonial portraiture

of John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart, silverware of Paul Revere, the Hudson River School of landscape painting, photography, and works by John Singer Sargent.

The new wing places colonial American culture in the same realm as those of other peoples inhabiting the Americas prior to the colonization, making quite the statement. Portraits of George Washington crossing the Delaware and standing next to a horse’s rear end, Colonial wing chairs, tea sets, quilts, a bust of Thomas Jefferson, and antique claw-foot cabinets reside in the same section of the museum as Maya ceramics.

The new wing features a wide array of art

 

Just for the occasion, Thomas Sully’s “The Passage of the Delaware” was unrolled, stretched, retouched and reframed in its original frame which had been in storage. The painting is 17 feet by 12 feet and weighs 1,000 pounds; understandably, the museum had not been able to properly displace the Revolutionary-era masterpiece before the new renovations. The piece was given a center spot in the new wing.

The works themselves aren’t the only new spectacular additions to the museum. The physical structure added onto the building has transformed the façade of Boston’s MFA. The new Shapiro Family Courtyard creates a whole new 12,184 square foot social space within the museum. It’s composed almost entirely of glass and has 63-foot-high ceilings.

If you didn’t already have an excuse to visit the MFA in Boston, the new architectural renovations and artistic acquisitions are well worth a trip to our nation’s Cradle of Liberty.