I took these photographs of the beautiful city of Boston over the course of a couple of days during a recent work trip. Little did I know the tragedy that would unfold just 2 weeks later…I do not usually take my camera with me on work trips overseas unless it is a commission. This time however I had a shot in mind (the one above) that I had wanted to capture for a very long time. So I bit the bullet and dragged my equipment half way around the world. I am so glad I did – below are some of the shots I took – personal work, nothing planned except the cityscape above. I did not have the luxury of waiting for the right light or pre planning anything. Just wandering around the city taking ‘grab’ shots of things that caught my eye, which I hope you will enjoy.
To be honest I have had these shots ready for quite some time but held back from posting them so as not to seem as though I was jumping on the publicity of the horrific events that unfolded soon after my return. I even considered not publishing them at all, but that would have been plain stupid.
I have to mention my poor colleagues, who for the first time experienced the joys (sic) of walking around a city with a photographer stopping every two seconds to take ‘that’ shot. Not enjoyable I am sure, but they didn’t complain. Except for a few moments when I made them pose for just ‘2 more’ shots in the freezing cold. One lesson I am sure they have learned from that experience is that photographers cannot count. Just 2 more shots usually ends up being at least another 30 minutes. This is one of the main reasons you will very rarely see me partaking in photo walks etc. My personal photography is just that. I do not enjoy being in a group when indulging in my work / hobby. Its not that I am a snob or anything (far from it) I just view my art, if you can call it that, as very personal. For this very same reason you will rarely see me at a concert – chimping with other photographers in the pit.
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, if you are still reading this far down the page then I guess you have found my personal memories of Boston as stunning and dramatic as I did. For the techies amongst you all images were shot on a Canon 5D Mark 2 using Canon 24-70L and 16-35L series lenses. All shot in raw format, 8 exposures each shot. Converted in Adobe Lightroom 4. Blended as HDR in Photomatix pro and edited in Photoshop using a smidgeon of Lucis Arts plug in (read long drawn out process, but well worth it). Are these shots perfect? No, far from it, are they personal? Very much so. Not a half naked model, bride or musician in sight – notice how I have not really included any people in these shots – a purely subconscious decision. I recommend that every photographer should try and take the time do do more personal work.. it not only keeps you creatively alive; it helps you to remember and appreciate why you got into the business in the first place. Not always possible when you do it for a living but well worth it. I could have easily left my camera behind on this trip and would have been kicking myself for the rest of my life. Thank you, as always for your interest in my art.
All images copyright Allen Venables. Do not use without permission. Should you wish to purchase prints or image rights please send me an email.