So I finally got around to completing the photos I took earlier in the year in Boston. I love people watching and my visit gave me the perfect opportunity to do just that… no set-ups, no posing, just moments in time captured during lunch breaks, wanderings in the evenings etc.
This is quite a long post and to be honest it was a difficult job editing the images down, I was in Boston for almost 2 weeks and apart from the people photography you see here, I also took of Harvard and MIT which I will share in a separate post.
As you will see not all of these photos are pin sharp, in fact some of them are blatantly out of focus by my standards. I have posted them none the less, i think as a whole the images give a great insight into the people of Boston… big, small, rich, poor…
I love Boston, it’s so diverse. This was my third visit and beforehand I had made a conscious decision not to photograph the beautiful architecture, which I had done on previous visits. So I had sort of made up my mind to try and capture the life of the city… it’s people.
A note about the above shot… wandering home after a full days conference I came across two girls shooting fashion, I could not resist. Waddled over and shyly introduced myself and asked them what they were shooting for. They explained they were shooting fashion photos for their blog, that they use to sell their fashion. I explained I was a fashion photographer myself and had done quite a lot of work for GUESS Jeans. They looked at me with that ‘yeah right’ look and carried on shooting. I am sure they thought I was some sort of mad Englishman or perv! So I took one grab shot and ran away.
Some of the things I as an outsider noticed during the taking of these photos: Everybody from all walks of life seemed to always have their head in a device, be it a mobile phone, tablet, laptop… everywhere, at all times of the day and night. Food is omnipresent, health is another biggy it seems in Boston. Everywhere I looked there were people jogging. Then of course you have the other extremes… to put it nicely… people that were obviously not jogging, eating healthy… I think I fit nicely in-between the two extremes… says he with no mirrors allowed in the house 🙂
Well we are almost at the end and if you have made it this far I wonder if you have noticed some of the hidden meanings in some of the photos? I have documented some over on my Facebook page. Some were on purpose, others unintentional. I hope you find some of them as amusing as me.
So there it is, 100 photographs, in which I have attempted to capture the life and soul of Boston and its people. I end on a poignant note at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I was in Boston a week before the bombing in the same location that the bomb went off and thought it only fitting to end with this shot. Boston strong!