Occupation Looking for a Product Manager Position
Location of Photograph MFA (Museum of Fine Arts)
On my mind Getting a job...[More]
Location of Photograph Coolidge Corner
On my mind Staying positive...[More]
Occupation Former QA - QL Tech
Location of Photograph Revere Beach
On my mind What the future holds...[More]
Occupation Volunteer Coordinator, Intensive Foster Care Case Manager and MSW (Master of Social Work) student
Location of Photograph The Home for Little Wanderers Toy Room, 161 South Huntington Ave.
On my mind Will non-profits be able to fulfill kid's wishlists this holiday season?...[More]
Location of Photograph Cut-N-Edge Barbershop
On my mind Will this recession...[More]
Location of Photograph Sacco's Bowl Haven
On my mind It's been on my mind...[More]
Age 21 and 20
Occupation Super Fitness and Agent C Productions
Location of Photograph Quincy, MA Town Hall
On my mind Our mission is to lower...[More]
Location of Photograph Artist for Humanities
Occupation Massage therapist, office temping
Location of Photograph Allston Town Fair, 2:41PM
On my mind I'm here, free-hugging in greater Boston...[More]
Hometown St. Louis, MO
Location of Photograph Quincy
On my mind All of the different things that the east coast offers...[More]
Hometown Shirakawa, Japan
Occupation College student at Berklee
Location of Photograph Allston
On my mind I hope to play music that relates to people...[More]
Occupation Artist/Painter at Artist for Humanity
Location of Photograph Paint studio wall of Artist for Humanity
Occupation Community Public Relations
Location of Photograph Hanover Street
On my mind At my age...[More]
Location of Photograph Jae Hun Kim Taekwondo
On my mind I love Taekwondo...[More]
Hometown/Residence North End
Occupation Medical Secretary
Location of Photograph Tileston Street
On my mind Go Red Sox!!!...[More]
Residence Southie now
Location of Photograph Brighton Center
On my mind Buying a Vespa...[More]
If anyone out there knows how I might get in touch with Maria Anezquinta, I'd much appreciate it. She was featured two weeks ago on the column.
I met her on the street in Chelsea but neglected to get her contact information. There is a reader who would like to help her reunite with her daughter.
Location of Photograph Chelsea
On my mind The cigarette tax...[More]
Occupation House wife
Location of Photograph Broadway (Chelsea)
On my mind (Interview translated from Spanish) I want to help the poor...[More]
Occupation I work in Boston
Location of Photograph B-way (Broadway in Chelsea)
On my mind What's really important to me right now is school...[More]
Occupation Fulltime stay at home
Location of Photograph Chinatown
On my mind I would like to thank...[More]
Occupation Business owner
Location of Photograph Castle Island
On my mind How to survive in America...[More]
Location of Photograph Brighton
Occupation Medical Interpreter, MGH Charlestown Health Center
Location of Photograph Corner of West School and Main St., Charlestown, MA
On my mind My son's third birthday is tomorrow...[More]
Age 40 and 45
Occupation Hairdresser and Medical Assistant
Location of Photograph Main St. Charlestown
Age 44 and 52
Hometown/Residence Franklin and Lexington (and any place we can swing dance)
Occupation Forrester Analyst and Tufts University School of Medicine Adjunct Professor
Location of Photograph Boston Harbor Hotel Atlantic Room, same place as our marriage but not on the same day
On my mind We believe love is a miracle...[More]
Hometown Austin, TX
Location of Photograph Copley Square
On my mind Trying to figure out life!...[More]
Location of Photograph Boston
On my mind Save the green...[More]
The cost of fuel as well as the environment has been on a lot of our minds lately.
Check out Ann Silvio's video on a piece the Globe did on a Prius race.
In Greg's ideal world, the future of bipedalism is the segway. Check it out: Route 9 Segway
Occupation Student/Medical Interpreter
Location of Photograph Copley Square Trinity Church
Some of Stan's words got cut off putting the scan together, so here it is typed out, for those of you in need of some inspiration...
I live by several sayings in life. But, my favorite has always been "It does not matter how hard you fall, but how quickly you can get back up." I'm a sensitive, 'people' individual. I embrace people from all walks of life. I believe in hard work, positive energy, and resilience. After suffering an accident in 2005 that almost took my life I have discovered a more human side of myself. I owe this to my dedication to my spiritual belief. I also make sure I surround myself with lots 'a' love.
Hometown/Residence South Boston
Occupation Nurses Aide, Home mom
Location of Photograph Boston
On my mind I will love one day to be a nurse...[More]
Occupation Firefighter Paramedic
Location of Photograph Hull Central Fire Station
On my mind Lately it's been my recent return from Army Infantry...[More]
Occupation Small Business Owner
Location of Photograph American Jiann Shyong Kung Fu Center
Hometown/Residence Boston's South End
Occupation Drag Diva
Location of Photograph Drag Bingo - @ Villa Victoria!!
On my mind Why do my feet hurt... [More]
Location of Photograph Boston Center for Adult Education
On my mind I really like stoneware clay... [More]
Steve is cool.
His sculptures are cool too.
Age 10 yrs. old
Hometown/Residence Salem, NH
Location of Photograph Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
On my mind I hope that the Celtics will... [More]FULL ENTRY
I can't tell you how cool it is to live in a city with professional sports teams. Particularly ones that are doing so well. And despite the comments from friends who prefer watching college ball to the NBA, you just can't ignore the sheer athleticism and agility of some of the league's best players. The ability to watch it live is just priceless.
So, standing outside of the TD Banknorth Garden I saw a sea of green...hats, jerseys, oversized clovers. Then I spotted Fiona. This was the one time I wished the column could have run in color. She was dressed from head to toe in green, and even had greenish eyes. Her mind speaks for the town - we want a championship.
I also have to thank my friend Channing who showed up after deciding to buy a ticket last minute to watch game 2 of the eastern conference semis. He's cool. He reads the Globe every single day. Everyone should be as cool as him.
Wind is the enemy with umbrellas, and he prevented me from having to buy a third umbrella this week. (He's holding his ticket in case you're wondering)
Location of Photograph My amazing living room
Hometown Manizales, Colombia
Residence East Boston
Occupation Student and Slacking
Location of Photograph EBSC (East Boston Social Centers) BYN (Boston Youth Network)
Location of Photograph Pine Street Inn
On my mind I came from a beautiful home and chose the street life... [More]
I'm out of town for work for a few weeks and may not often have access to the internet. I apologize ahead of time if your comments don't get posted within a timely manner. Thanks!
Hometown Newry, N. Ireland
Occupation Dog walker, Business owner
Location of Photograph The Shambhala Center, Brookline, MA
Age 72 (John), 70 (Louise)
Hometown/Residence Somerset, MA 02725
Location of Photograph Springstep - Medford, MA
On my mind We travel 50 miles at least once a week to dance Argentine tango... [More]
Within moments upon entering the dimly lit hall I was whisked away by lovely lady and we started dancing the tango around the room. Well, at least she was doing the tango...I was trying not step on her feet. I'm embarassed to admit that I can't tango, although I used to live in Argentina, my mother is married to an Argentine, and as a result I have many Argentine relatives.
The dances came in sets of 3 or 4, the music had kind of a scratchy gramophonic quality to it. There was no talking, just couples mixed of all age-ranges and nationalities making swift poetic strides throughout the room.
John and Louise were weekly regulars. I asked them to stand how they normally would while doing the tango. My hope is that the photograph communicates how they feel when they dance.
Location of Photograph Roller Derby
This is Joe...
...and that's my strobe not firing.
This was the week where I broke a plastic strobe foot and snapped off the shoe to my wireless transmitter...photo-speak for "I busted my stuff." Joe was very patient as I awkwardly pushed loose camera parts to my face and cursed gravity repeatedly.
When I saw Joe, I thought to myself, "Wow, when was the last time I saw someone with a mohawk?" And not just any mohawk - a well-manicured, well-grown hawk, with five perfectly shaped spikes.
Evidently, I wasn't alone, as a woman walked up to Joe and asked, "Hey, can my friend take a picture with you and pretend he's eating one of your spikes?"
While I was setting up, I apparently missed Joe getting down on all fours while these two took a few amusing snapshots with him.
So, although I did start a conversation with him about what was on his mind, the obvious question for me was, "What are all the crazy requests you get from people because of your mohawk?" It started out at 1 inch and grew 12 inches through the course of a year. Read what he says...it's pretty funny.
Location of Photograph Shambhala Buddhist Group Boston
I admit it's not easy to just sit and write cohesively about what's on your mind. What I've discovered as this column evolves is that having a conversation before and while making the portrait helps flesh out what people have on their minds. Most of the time it's not some kind of life philosophy that they're elaborating on, but something that's more relevant to that moment in time.
Erin was easy - she just started scribbling away. Even before photographing her, she very eagerly shared her thoughts in the group on discussions ranging anywhere from smiling at strangers to some thoughts on politics after the group disseminated. She's getting a master's in anthropology, and if I remember correctly is doing her thesis on perceptions Americans have on Tibet.
When she was done, I found what she wrote to be a wonderfully honest and insightful collection of thoughts that made me smile.
I was advised to let you know that comments are available, but also to inform you that I need to approve comments for web publication. Due to the nature of my job, I'm not continuously in front of a computer, so I apologize in advance if you don't see your comments immediately. I'll try to update them as often as possible!
Age 75 (Jim), 72 (Pat)
Location of Photograph home
I don't ever feel like it's my responsibility to direct or tell people what to do. In fact, it really goes against the ethics of what photojournalists do in their every day work, except for portrait situations.
I feel like that tenet holds true even more for this column. This is your story, your space, and what's on your mind. So when Pat and Jim told me they wanted more time to write their thoughts and would write them on lined paper, I agreed. Although twice, I'd had two unusable columns because I made the photos but the people were never able to get back to me. I didn't think that would be the case with the Moore's.
Having the handwriting is very important to me - and I've been a bit stubborn about it. Text is read. Handwriting is deciphered. Reading cold, hard, perfect, uniform text lacks personality and is quick to read. With handwriting, you first have to understand the writing, study it, maybe look it over a few times. You see where a person may have rushed a thought, paused, or
scratched out a thought. You get a much more personalized, intimate look at their personality as well. It makes me wonder what ever happened to handwritten letters, and makes me miss receiving postcards. Post Secret is one of my favorite Sunday pastimes.
It really was a joy to come back a week later to read their thoughts, so well articulated. I loved that Pat wrote a title at the top of her sheet and called it "Pat Moore's Essay."
I met Pat and Jim at The Burren for an event organized by comedian Jimmy Tingle, for the closing of his theater. I remember what stood out about them were their hats. It was a snowy day, and Jim had what looked like a traditional Austrian hat on, and if my memory serves me right, Pat had on kind of a wintery furry hat (I could be wrong). Two months later, we met again for the photo.
Whenever I got together with these two, the conversation just flowed. Anything ranging from Jim's former job as a co-owner of a typographic company in South Boston, to their many travels all around the world, to how the two had met, and how the garage door opener had changed the way neighbors interact with each other.
Pat was a little concerned that her thoughts might come off as too negative, but she also felt the responsibility to bring up issues that she felt were important. She also said putting down her age was "traumatic," and I sincerely appreciate her and Jim being so open with me.
When we started making pictures I wrote down a cute exchange between the two:
Pat (to me): Don't get my bad side
Jim: You don't have a bad side
Pat: Oh aren't you sweet
Age Many Years
Occupation Physician - Internist
Location of Photograph North Atlantic Physical Therapy
On my mind Health Care + Health Care Financing as depicted in the media... [More]
Hometown Montreal, QC
Location of Photograph My kitchen in the Dot.
On my mind The environment. The lack of awareness... [More]
Hometown/Residence Live in the South End
Occupation Hair Colorist
Location of Photograph Shag Salon
Hometown/Residence Cambridge / Boston
Location of Photograph CCtv (cambridge community television)
On my mind I'm driven I won't become a statistic I've come this far in life putting my trust in the right people... [More]
Tyrone was a trip.
I met him on the red line T as I was heading home late one night with my friend Noah. The minute Noah and I walked into the car, cameras slung around our shoulders (yes, we usually have them with us), he told us to take pictures of him. He struck various poses with his friends, then with strangers, then danced up and down the train car.
His conversation was like improvisational stand-up. His movements, gestures and facial contortions provided more than enough entertainment for every single person - yes, every single person - he stopped to talk to.
When I met him again for the photo, I met another side of Tyrone. He talked about the challenges he faced growing up as a young black male. He told me he is determined to not be part of a "statistic" and wants to make something of himself. Walking from the street to the CCTV station in Cambridge, some people called out his name. He was quite the local celebrity. At CCTV, workers, and other show hosts greeted him like surrogate family members. He records a public access TV show every Wednesday. Community is important to Tyrone, and I saw that with his interactions with people.
He recited a very moving poem to me that he wrote when he was 16, about a girl who died of a brain aneurysm [listen to it]. Who would have known that someone you'd run into on the T could be such a unique and talented person.
Hometown Brockton and West Bridgewater
Location of Photograph Nave Gallery, Be a Villen Show - which was fantastic
On my mind I'm thinking about how grateful I am that my own kids made it to 25 and how much I love them... [More]
Meeting Jan was a moving experience. I met her at Be A Villen! The show was a collection of artwork made by students, to help them cope with loss. The exhibit was in part in memory of Brian Liberatore.
She said she had been to too many funerals. Funerals for young people. I didn't realize there was so much tragedy among the youth in Somerville. When I asked her what was on her mind, her words opened a floodgate to her thoughts, from violence and art, to gentrification in her neighborhood. Tears occasionally welled up in her eyes.
I feel like so much of what we do as photojournalists is listen. Sometimes it just takes asking the right questions for people to share something with you...
On a side note, she mentioned she had been photographed by Amy Arbus, daughter of renown photographer Diane Arbus over 25 years ago. She's on page 37 of Arbus' book On the Street. I'll let her tell you in her own words. Read the review entitled "I'm page 37!"
The beauty of the story is that almost 25 years later after meeting on the street the two met again in Boston. Apparently Arbus had been looking for Jan. So, I had to go to the library and see the picture. You should too.
Age Drumming for over 50 years
Occupation Principal and Teacher for "The Drum Experience" Program (all classes are free)
Location of Photograph Haley House Bakery & Cafe
On my mind Listening is the key to life... [More]
"You sure you aren't with the CIA? They've already got all those pictures," joked Salim. I noticed him when I was setting up at the Haley House for a picture. He walked in with his walking stick - he's legally blind. He has been for the past three years and I can't recall what had caused it.
I enjoy meeting people who try to make a difference in their own community. Salim is from Roxbury, born and raised, and he provides free drumming lessons to the youth every Saturday.
As a bus passed in the distance Salim told me he could see it. He could see the shapes and brightness. He just couldn't see in the conventional way we do...
Hometown Born in Iran
Residence Lives in Somerville
Occupation Crayon Enthusiast
Location of Photograph At Home
On my mind Where my baby sister should sleep... [More]