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Throwback to the last time I was in LA with my Freeville fellows! @dangrossmusic and @ariellepaul let @jthomasmanley, @danatarrphotography and myself crash in their wonderful bungalow when we were getting our smog on for a spell.
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As the Winter drives on in New England, I’m planning to escape to the best coast next month to share my new photography work with some creative agencies, hang with my homies and hopefully get a tan in the process.
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I want to think that Dan’s backyard lighting was somehow inspired by my love of diffused and indirect lighting. I’ll see you soon, friends!
Throwback to the last time I was in LA with my Freeville fellows! @dangrossmusic and @ariellepaul let @jthomasmanley, @danatarrphotography and myself crash in their wonderful bungalow when we were getting our smog on for a spell. 🔸 As the Winter drives on in New England, I’m planning to escape to the best coast next month to share my new photography work with some creative agencies, hang with my homies and hopefully get a tan in the process. 🔸 I want to think that Dan’s backyard lighting was somehow inspired by my love of diffused and indirect lighting. I’ll see you soon, friends!
Throwback to when I cycled through every state in New England alone a few years ago. This was the first thing I woke to after the scariest night of solo camping I’ve ever experienced. That includes the time bears snuck into my camp on Roan Mountain in TN w/ @jthomasmanley!
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I was stealth camping in this state park people weren’t allowed in after dark. Right when 8pm hit there were sounds of coyotes howling and slow, heavy steps from other animals surrounding my tent all night. Once the dawn broke, I woke to this hopeful hint of the sun trying to sneak into my tent.
Throwback to when I cycled through every state in New England alone a few years ago. This was the first thing I woke to after the scariest night of solo camping I’ve ever experienced. That includes the time bears snuck into my camp on Roan Mountain in TN w/ @jthomasmanley! 🔸 I was stealth camping in this state park people weren’t allowed in after dark. Right when 8pm hit there were sounds of coyotes howling and slow, heavy steps from other animals surrounding my tent all night. Once the dawn broke, I woke to this hopeful hint of the sun trying to sneak into my tent.
Shooting through a moonroof year’s ago on my way to the first music festival I ever attended. Circa 2004?
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The sky is a resource in that it helps me re-align creativity and my soul. I found it curious the way the clouds mimicked the tree line. In its composition and muted color palette, I thought that it was a rather fitting to have this shot follow the previous post of bathroom tub.
Shooting through a moonroof year’s ago on my way to the first music festival I ever attended. Circa 2004? 🔸 The sky is a resource in that it helps me re-align creativity and my soul. I found it curious the way the clouds mimicked the tree line. In its composition and muted color palette, I thought that it was a rather fitting to have this shot follow the previous post of bathroom tub.
The most mod bathroom I’ve ever had a chance to photograph. Shot in Boston’s South End for @preconconstruction.
The most mod bathroom I’ve ever had a chance to photograph. Shot in Boston’s South End for @preconconstruction.
A welcoming perspective on a warm winter day.
A welcoming perspective on a warm winter day.
Harvard Horizons Scholar Elisabeth R. Newton.
Elisabeth studies small stars, aka red dwarfs, which are about a quarter the size of the Sun. They make up 70% of the stars in our galaxy and are some of the most nearby stars to us. They are also excellent targets around which to detect and characterize habitable, Earth-sized planets. But, their properties are not well understood. Her work focuses on trying to determine some of their basic properties from various observations.
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This is the second time I was able to photograph a space scientist for Harvard. How lucky am I? We took pictures up in the telescopes, but this shot in her classroom was the one the alumni magazine Colloquy had decided on. Harvard is such a great client. They give me free range to capture my subject how I want. The problem with that is trying to capture as many expressions and compositions as possible, while still engaging and experimenting with my subject. Elisabeth, thanks for the enlightening conversation and for standing in for me! Keep up the *wonder*ful work!
Harvard Horizons Scholar Elisabeth R. Newton. Elisabeth studies small stars, aka red dwarfs, which are about a quarter the size of the Sun. They make up 70% of the stars in our galaxy and are some of the most nearby stars to us. They are also excellent targets around which to detect and characterize habitable, Earth-sized planets. But, their properties are not well understood. Her work focuses on trying to determine some of their basic properties from various observations. 🔸 This is the second time I was able to photograph a space scientist for Harvard. How lucky am I? We took pictures up in the telescopes, but this shot in her classroom was the one the alumni magazine Colloquy had decided on. Harvard is such a great client. They give me free range to capture my subject how I want. The problem with that is trying to capture as many expressions and compositions as possible, while still engaging and experimenting with my subject. Elisabeth, thanks for the enlightening conversation and for standing in for me! Keep up the *wonder*ful work!
Sandy Pentland for the Deloitte Review. This was the second time I was fortunate enough to photograph this genius computer wizard. The MIT Media Lab has no shortage of fun, strange and visually stimulating backdrops to shoot against.
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I had three locations and twenty minutes with Sandy. We captured everything with one minute to spare. While I wanted to talk about his current work and the role of automation in the coming years, we ended up chatting about his cross country motorcycle trip. We connected over the beauty of the Southwest and shared some stories from the road. A great subject and a pleasure to work with. @deloitte
Sandy Pentland for the Deloitte Review. This was the second time I was fortunate enough to photograph this genius computer wizard. The MIT Media Lab has no shortage of fun, strange and visually stimulating backdrops to shoot against. 🔸 I had three locations and twenty minutes with Sandy. We captured everything with one minute to spare. While I wanted to talk about his current work and the role of automation in the coming years, we ended up chatting about his cross country motorcycle trip. We connected over the beauty of the Southwest and shared some stories from the road. A great subject and a pleasure to work with. @deloitte
London Tree. November, 2012.
I won a contest through British Airways to create a portfolio with a very loose theme: Modern London. That was it. No other criteria. That assignment might have been a little too loose, even for me.
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To get started, I went back to my roots of photography. Hitting the street! Shooting at the hip and never overstaying my welcome anywhere I go. Always on the move. I captured a lot of street life, but the most successful portrait I managed to capture was of this one lonely tree. It was all alone on an empty road. Everything needs appreciation, even this lonely potted tree. The white backdrop made the green pop which is what drew my eye. I spent a few moments with it before carrying on.
London Tree. November, 2012. I won a contest through British Airways to create a portfolio with a very loose theme: Modern London. That was it. No other criteria. That assignment might have been a little too loose, even for me. 🔸 To get started, I went back to my roots of photography. Hitting the street! Shooting at the hip and never overstaying my welcome anywhere I go. Always on the move. I captured a lot of street life, but the most successful portrait I managed to capture was of this one lonely tree. It was all alone on an empty road. Everything needs appreciation, even this lonely potted tree. The white backdrop made the green pop which is what drew my eye. I spent a few moments with it before carrying on.
Outside of Guangzhou stadium. I went to go for a solo walkabout to capture some street scenes a few days into the trip. While this photo was something that was left on my cutting room floor for a few years, I kept on going back to it.
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Maybe it's the lack of people, the balance of compositional elements or just a simple response from my gut bacteria? This is likely just one of those photos where it brings me back to a specific moment and how I felt. The photos is just for me, nothing more. But I still thought I'd share.
Outside of Guangzhou stadium. I went to go for a solo walkabout to capture some street scenes a few days into the trip. While this photo was something that was left on my cutting room floor for a few years, I kept on going back to it. 🔸 Maybe it's the lack of people, the balance of compositional elements or just a simple response from my gut bacteria? This is likely just one of those photos where it brings me back to a specific moment and how I felt. The photos is just for me, nothing more. But I still thought I'd share.
Woman waits. I took this photo a few hours north of Puno on the way to photograph an assignment to Quinoa farmers. I want to thank @gmwell for being my fixer for this journey.
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The art of travel is to deviate from all plans. Newness, spontaneity, lack of routine and a constant feed of inspiration are all things that make traveling psychedelic. Our awareness is heightened and we tend to be more open and fluid. Being in a new place stirs something up inside and slows everything down to a crawl. Oddly enough, those same characteristics are what turn moments like this one into a faded, but not forgotten, memory.
Woman waits. I took this photo a few hours north of Puno on the way to photograph an assignment to Quinoa farmers. I want to thank @gmwell for being my fixer for this journey. 🔸 The art of travel is to deviate from all plans. Newness, spontaneity, lack of routine and a constant feed of inspiration are all things that make traveling psychedelic. Our awareness is heightened and we tend to be more open and fluid. Being in a new place stirs something up inside and slows everything down to a crawl. Oddly enough, those same characteristics are what turn moments like this one into a faded, but not forgotten, memory.
I snapped this almost exactly two years ago on day #3 of my Inca trail trek. I’m all way to the right. Going through a difficult or traumatic experience creates a powerful bond. Even though these fifteen people were complete strangers before the trip, we are now all connected for life.
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Seeing how someone deals with a challenging experience allows you insight into their true character. This was the hardest hike I've ever done up until that point. I was in marathon training and thought I would power through easily. Nope. Don't underestimate altitudes.
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While we were hauling right along, the team obliged me by allowing for this one fun group shot. They started clearing away the backpacks. I shouted, “No, leave them in! It will add some context and reality." This misty mountain hike has spawned more meaningful moments with strangers.
I snapped this almost exactly two years ago on day #3  of my Inca trail trek. I’m all way to the right. Going through a difficult or traumatic experience creates a powerful bond. Even though these fifteen people were complete strangers before the trip, we are now all connected for life. 🔸 Seeing how someone deals with a challenging experience allows you insight into their true character. This was the hardest hike I've ever done up until that point. I was in marathon training and thought I would power through easily. Nope. Don't underestimate altitudes. 🔸 While we were hauling right along, the team obliged me by allowing for this one fun group shot. They started clearing away the backpacks. I shouted, “No, leave them in! It will add some context and reality." This misty mountain hike has spawned more meaningful moments with strangers.
Taken back in 2011 while I was on a cross country road trip. We hit almost half the states and drove 8k+ miles in a rental car that we may or may not have taken off-roading. Other than In N Out once, I didn't order any fast food at any point during our travels. It's because of places like this that we stopped.
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Once we headed west from Boulder, we stopped in some other small mountain towns in Colorado. Inside this diner/consignment shop, I started chatting with a few ladies who lived in the area. My assignment was to photograph at least two portraits each day of the trip. That was the only objective. I shot loosely like this for an entire month without looking at anything I produced until the trip was just a faded memory.
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I have found that the longer I take to look at my work after it was shot, the more objective I can be with it. Daily photo school critiques are long gone. Having an entire room of professionals destroy my work everyday was crucial for my creative development.
Taken back in 2011 while I was on a cross country road trip. We hit almost half the states and drove 8k+ miles in a rental car that we may or may not have taken off-roading. Other than In N Out once, I didn't order any fast food at any point during our travels. It's because of places like this that we stopped. 🔸 Once we headed west from Boulder, we stopped in some other small mountain towns in Colorado. Inside this diner/consignment shop, I started chatting with a few ladies who lived in the area. My assignment was to photograph at least two portraits each day of the trip. That was the only objective. I shot loosely like this for an entire month without looking at anything I produced until the trip was just a faded memory. 🔸 I have found that the longer I take to look at my work after it was shot, the more objective I can be with it. Daily photo school critiques are long gone. Having an entire room of professionals destroy my work everyday was crucial for my creative development.
Some of the most magical periods of my life are the ones where I spent here in the Weirder Park General Store.
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My friends @jthomasmanley @shainahoffman and Celia M turned this big second floor living space into a DIY art, music and party venue. All kinds of weird, funny and wondrous things took place here. They even ran an operational general store from outside their window with a @chicago_reader article about! it.
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While the amazing idea for this loft could only hold together for so long, the memories created in the space will be held in some safe places in my brain.
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A super talented creative agency is now occupying this space. @someoddpilot You probably don’t know it, but you are carrying on a tradition of creativity, art and community inside the same walls that Weirder Park once inhabited.
Some of the most magical periods of my life are the ones where I spent here in the Weirder Park General Store. 🔸 My friends @jthomasmanley @shainahoffman and Celia M turned this big second floor living space into a DIY art, music and party venue. All kinds of weird, funny and wondrous things took place here. They even ran an operational general store from outside their window with a @chicago_reader article about! it. 🔸 While the amazing idea for this loft could only hold together for so long, the memories created in the space will be held in some safe places in my brain. 🔸 A super talented creative agency is now occupying this space. @someoddpilot You probably don’t know it, but you are carrying on a tradition of creativity, art and community inside the same walls that Weirder Park once inhabited.
Kyle is an even-keeled, level-headed and reliable human being. He is also a wonderful musician and weird dad. As it is still not even twenty-four hours since we've entered into 2018, I find myself showing appreciation to the ones who have carved me from the block of human I was to the Ben Gebo I've become. Parts of my humor, temperament and patience have come from this gentle soul.
Kyle is an even-keeled, level-headed and reliable human being. He is also a wonderful musician and weird dad. As it is still not even twenty-four hours since we've entered into 2018, I find myself showing appreciation to the ones who have carved me from the block of human I was to the Ben Gebo I've become. Parts of my humor, temperament and patience have come from this gentle soul.
Happy New Year’s Eve! This photo is a throwback to a few years ago to the best entry into any year I’ve had! I shot this at a warehouse party in Brooklyn Four floors of fun and chaos, one of which my dudes @theviennagram performed.
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My 2017 has been filled with growth, death, love, introspection, deliberation, pain, beauty and journeys inward. My experience capital cap for this year has been reached, time for a reset in this weird video game. May love be on your side and the sun shine upon your face as we enter into 2018!
Happy New Year’s Eve! This photo is a throwback to a few years ago to the best entry into any year I’ve had! I shot this at a warehouse party in Brooklyn Four floors of fun and chaos, one of which my dudes @theviennagram performed. 🔸 My 2017 has been filled with growth, death, love, introspection, deliberation, pain, beauty and journeys inward. My experience capital cap for this year has been reached, time for a reset in this weird video game. May love be on your side and the sun shine upon your face as we enter into 2018!
I had the pleasure to photograph Harvard Horizon scholar Stephanie Dick, who is currently a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. She studies the history of mathematics and computing in the postwar United States with an interest in how different academic communities negotiated a place for computing in their knowledge-making infrastructure.
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She’s interested in the advent of computing as an episode in the “long history of philosophers and mathematicians deciding what intelligence is and what mathematical reasoning is and attributing and denying those faculties to certain members of the population.”
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After hearing about her work, I decided to shoot outside in the shade with one directional light. I thought it might be fun to start by placing her in a window sill and progress the shoot from there. This was the first test shot I snapped. We worked for another half an hour but I knew we had it after I told a crummy joke and captured her genuine reaction.
I had the pleasure to photograph Harvard Horizon scholar Stephanie Dick, who is currently a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. She studies the history of mathematics and computing in the postwar United States with an interest in how different academic communities negotiated a place for computing in their knowledge-making infrastructure. 🔸 She’s interested in the advent of computing as an episode in the “long history of philosophers and mathematicians deciding what intelligence is and what mathematical reasoning is and attributing and denying those faculties to certain members of the population.” 🔸 After hearing about her work, I decided to shoot outside in the shade with one directional light. I thought it might be fun to start by placing her in a window sill and progress the shoot from there. This was the first test shot I snapped. We worked for another half an hour but I knew we had it after I told a crummy joke and captured her genuine reaction.
I spent the day wandering towards the End of the World. I heard it said once that if New Orleans didn’t exist, America would just be some free people dying of boredom.
I spent the day wandering towards the End of the World. I heard it said once that if New Orleans didn’t exist, America would just be some free people dying of boredom.