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An essay about Rebirth Workshops

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 20, 2012 02:00 AM

By Kate Passaro

Teresa asked me to write about my experience at the Rebirth Workshop last spring in Mississippi. Now that it's been several months since I returned, I'm happy to look back and provide an overview of what we did that made it such an intense experience for me as a photographer.



Of super moons and silky blooms

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 21, 2011 10:20 AM


The "Super Moon" rose behind the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC Saturday.
(Reuters Photo / Hyungwon Kang)

I went out on my back deck late Saturday to see the so-called Super Moon -- at its closest point to the Earth in 18 years -- as well as to play with a new iPhone app called Star Walk (well, new to me).

Well, I couldn't see very many stars or planets because the moon was almost blinding!

If any of you captured any images of that moon, we'd love to see them. Just upload them to this gallery along with you name, town, and any EXIF information you can grab:

Super Moon gallery


Orchid on display at the Boston Flower and Garden Show.
(Globe Staff Photo / Bill Greene)

Meanwhile, I visited the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center Saturday and thought I was going to get crushed by the crowd.

But I spotted LOTS of people with cameras, so if you were one of them, or if you've gone on other days and captured some images of flowers, plants, or overall displays, here's another gallery where you can display your work:

Boston Flower and Garden Show gallery



Have some good blizzard photos?

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 27, 2010 11:22 AM

Our news crew is collecting photos from the blizzard as a way of chronicling the extent and severity of the storm. If you have photos from your area to contribute, please add them to this gallery:

December 2010 Blizzard photos

Thanks for your help.


On Assignment: Kite surfers at Nahant

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 12, 2010 01:22 PM

Kite surfer

Amateur photographer Paul Marotta of Arlington went to Nahant Beach on a very windy day earlier this week and photographed some kite surfers. Here's a handful of his images.

Kite surfers at Nahant Beach

You can see more on his Flickr page.


On Assignment: Boston's Harborwalk

Posted by Teresa Hanafin July 17, 2010 02:55 PM
Rowes Wharf
Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf

By Amie Fedora

The Downtown / North End section of Boston's oft-visited Harborwalk is a great place to spend an afternoon. You can see frisky seals at the New England Aquarium, lifesaving equipment at the Coast Guard station, and interesting architecture at the Boston Harbor Hotel.



On Assignment: Castle Island

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 18, 2010 11:23 AM


By Kate Passaro

For my second "On Assignment", I decided to visit Fort Independence and Castle Island in South Boston. I thought it might have a lot of potential as a good spot for photographs, and I happily discovered I was right.



Photos from Bogota by Rob Verger

Posted by Teresa Hanafin June 8, 2010 03:16 PM


RAW aficionado Rob Verger of Boxborough sent along some photos of a recent trip to Bogotá along with these thoughts:

"I spent a week in Bogotá visiting my girlfriend (she lives in São Paulo, Brazil, but was in Colombia for work). It was my first time in Bogotá, and I was excited to take photos; I kept my Canon G10 close at hand the entire time.

"I love shooting street scenes with that camera - it's discreet and takes luminous, sharp photos when the light is good. I felt excited at the variety of images that the city presented: I loved taking photographs of umbrellas on gray, rainy days, serendipitously encountering dance performances in a public square, or trying to capture the militaristic drama of the changing of the presidential guard on a Friday afternoon. Other moments, too, caught my eye: the dark silhouettes of two girls in the famous Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), or a boy blowing bubbles from atop the Monserrate overlook, with the city and its green mountains expansive in the background.

"Traveling to a new place can be provocative, artistically and photographically, not just because you might feel compelled to document it for your own memories, but more importantly, I think, because being in a foreign place heightens your senses. I find that it sharpens my eye for details, lines, and colors. It provokes me to start thinking more photographically, and once I'm in that mindset, I start taking more sensitive photos. The result can be images that capture some sense of the place, but also convey the subjective mood the place gave you."

Here's a full-screen gallery of Rob's images.


On Assignment: Flood photos

Posted by Teresa Hanafin March 31, 2010 08:53 AM

We're collecting reader photos of the after-effects of our New England deluge, from overflowing rivers and dams to flooded streets and basements. Do you have some for our gallery?

If you have captured any images that illustrate the story of this incredible storm, or are able to shoot something today or tomorrow, please upload up to 5 of your best shots to this gallery. We'll put the best in one of our usual full-size galleries on Friday.


On Assignment: PhotoWalks of Boston

Posted by Teresa Hanafin February 12, 2009 02:06 PM

As part of our ongoing series of "On Assignment" features, RAW regular Kati Seiffer volunteered to go on a photography walking tour with the company PhotoWalks. Here's her report:

Text and photos by Kati Seiffer

Have you been living in the Boston area but never really explored it? Do you want to know how Tremont Street got its name? Are you interested in seeing Boston from a different and more intimate perspective than a trolley? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to check out PhotoWalks.



On Assignment: Karsh 100 exhibit at the MFA

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 29, 2008 05:49 PM
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn / 1956 photo by Yousuf Karsh / Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

By Michael Merline

As you enter the "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, you will see Yousuf Karsh's photography equipment, which includes his camera on a tripod, the camera case, and his hat on the case -- as though you are in his studio for a portrait sitting. And as you stroll through this studio/exhibit, you will see many of his famous (and infamous) subjects who posed in front of this very same camera.



Moon shots

Posted by Teresa Hanafin December 14, 2008 03:35 PM
Full Moon
Globe photographer Jim Davis captured this shot of the full moon illuminating
an ice-encrusted tree branch in Methuen Friday.

Anybody else grab some shots of the full moon? I'm looking for moon shots, so whether you took photos this past weekend or last year, full moon, half moon, or quarter moon, send them in. I'll post the best here. Just e-mail your favorite moon shot to raw@boston.com. Keep it clean...


On Assignment: The Bradley Estate

Posted by Teresa Hanafin November 19, 2008 05:15 PM
Bradley Estate

By Kate Passaro

CANTON -- As an amateur photographer, I find myself in constant search of new places to practice the craft. The Bradley Estate in Canton has become a regular trip of mine based on the natural landscape, easy-to-find location, and price (free!).



On Assignment: Griffin Museum of Photography

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 30, 2008 08:35 AM
The front entrance to the Griffin Museum of Photography

Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road

Text and photos by Kati M. Seiffer

WINCHESTER - As I entered the museum through its rustic wooden front door, I was greeted with a warm and cheerful "Welcome to the Griffin Museum of Photography" from Gallery Monitor Andrea Alberg. Although I drive past the museum every day, this was my first opportunity to step inside and view the exhibits.



Democracy in Action

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 28, 2008 10:28 AM
Anti-war protesters gathered on Boston Common in early 2007.
Globe Staff File Photo / Dina Rudick

Want to be part of our election coverage? Boston.com's News Editor, Mark Micheli, is asking RAW readers to send in photos that illustrate what the election process is all about: Democracy and the rights given to us by the Constitution. Your photos will become part of Boston.com's election package. Here's what to do:



On Assignment

Posted by Teresa Hanafin October 24, 2008 11:12 AM

Two things melded for me recently into a new idea for RAW: First, I attended the opening of the Young Photographers Initiative exhibit at the Children's Museum (and made them last week's POTW); next, I was intrigued by Kati Seiffer's photo of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, which you voted into Third Place in the September "My Neighborhood" contest. I have heard of the museum, but never visited, and would like to know more about it.

So this was my idea: Why not ask all of you to go "On Assignment" for RAW and write about the photo-related exhibits, museums, classes, fairs, etc. that you attend?

Here's how it could work:




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