Somewhere outside of Omaha during a cross country roadtrip circa 2013. We stopped for a few short moments to refuel and I found this. The king of the road in it a eerily lit glory. 🔸
There is something about these trucks that command my attention. It’s their mass, their utility, their intensity. A human is inside controlling this machine bringing goods from one side of the United States to the other with precision timing.
I approached photographing this truck in a way I do my human subjects. A blend of exploring the compositon and letting the subject present itself in it’s most honest way. Between the pinkish hue, the hard rain and the story it’s telling, this man-made metal beast was almost more human than my human portraits.
Tonight! I am showing photography from the Galapagos at @zone3westernave from 6-9 for @the_grab_back ! I'm fortunate to have my work next to some of Boston's finest artists. Proceeds are being donated to @sierraclub. Come out and get your art on! See other work by @smurryphoto @decayedbeauty @abandoned_beauty @nicksullivan_art @avedmid @mike_centeno @amandaclarkeillustration @felipeortizart @fragahah and many others!
I photographed the kitchen and dining area inside @decibeltherapeutics for The Richmond Group @richmondgroup_ . My friend @lilitrevazian along with the Jacobs Designs Team (@sspringer7 @callumdavies) did the wonderful interior design work for this huge lab/office space near Fenway. She created a beautiful sense of color and style for this vast area. Kudos, Lilit!
I love how much creativity one can have with edison lightbulbs. Even letting them deal down organically with no formal chandelier in place can make for a pretty design and great light. You can’t get more minimal with lighting than seeing the bulb filament directly.
Like the many hundreds of homes and offices I’ve photographed over the years, this is another inspiration for my future house.
Pipes. I photographed the Decibel Therapeutics office and lab spaces for The Richmond Group. I worked there recently documenting their new space over in the Fenway Park area.
After capturing what we needed, I spent some extra time checking out various parts of their enormous floor. I couldn’t help myself from shooting this when I explored the boiler room.
Somewhere near World's End in New Orleans, 2016. My friend Lindsey who is spending some time down there led me to explore some old photos.
I walked 13 miles this day exploring the city with some friends who were in town from Chicago, serendipitously. I was somewhat destroyed because this was the day following my fourth marathon. Healing through movement.
I suppose the rule of thirds is a rule for a reason. That said, I feel when I have to rely on a rule to make a photograph work, it means I need to explore the subject further. In this case, I felt the composition presented itself plainly and was satisfied with moving on.
Harvard Horizons scholar Henry Bowles. We shot at his home for this yearly Harvard project. Henry is a graduate from Harvard, Oxford and Northwestern University. Having degrees in Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies, my intrigue was abundant and questions tangential. 🔸
We took photographs at his home at Holden Green in Cambridge. The white walls lent to pleasing and soft reflected sunlight. We started taking pictures at his desk, but felt his persona needed a portrait with less context and obtrusion from the background. After putting on my 50mm lens, I decided to pose Henry where the light felt right. Then, I hit the shutter on his exhale.
MC Hao in Boston, Ma.
We were shooting from late afternoon well into the evening. Walking around Chinatown, we looked for alleyways and spots with any kind of unique ambient light. We found one place that managed to act as a spotlight on Mike.
The more grime, the better. This was taken when I starting to experiment with capturing portraits on a tripod. Beforehand, I used to keep the camera in my hand and follow the action. I found the camera separated the subject and me. This is the shoot that helped me slow down, pick the composition and let me engage with my subject more effectively. Thanks @mikemai2awesome for a very fun shoot!
The Chicago skyline from the now defunct Weirder Park General Store. I photographed this at sunrise following the best day of my life, at least up until that point.
My associate @jthomasmanley helped cultivate such a wonderful scene of artists and musicians in the second floor of this historic building. Located right on the North Damon Ave stop off the L train, this was a place that I spend weeks working on music projects and creating PG-13 level chaos.
There is a new, great creative agency called @someoddpilot that now inhabits the old haunt. It makes me happy to see where Weirder Park has come from and what the space has evolved into!
Singer Lee Wilson. Working in studio we experimented merging classic portrait poses with a downplayed, subdued light. 🔸
We captured Lee in a variety of lighting setups and expressions. An ace in front of the camera and enthusiastic with trying new things. @leewilsonmusic
Guitarist @massimosami for @jazzit_magazine. We shot on the top of my old apartment rooftop in Brookline, Ma, sometime in 2010. The wonderfully theatrical clouds created a fill light that allowed me to work with direction from my own light strobes.
The photographs from this shoot were the first portraits I ever had published in a magazine. Massimo was a blast to work with. This was the second of three times we’ve collaborated on creating still images. together. Now he is killing it as a composer in Los Angeles. Reflections from this shoot remind me how much I love collaborating with other artists.
Mr. Sandoval in his workshop. He is well into his 90’s and still going strong. He works on his wine vineyard everyday and I’ve never seen him without a smile or twinkle in his eye. A positive and inspirational individual on all levels.
I first met this wonderful man in circa 2013 when I took my first trip up to Sandoval Ranch with my friends Dan and Arielle for the harvest. As we shared stories from our lives, he helped me realize that if you never slow down you never get old. Check out more of my work from the ranch. We stomped grapes! bengebo.com/sandoval_ranch
Here is the final shot from this series with @nicksullivan_art. Even if the assignment doesn’t call for it, I feel compelled to photograph most of my subjects close up at some point during the shoot.
Regardless of age, we all have miles of life lived. I want my subject’s eyes to show where those roads have brought them. What made me fall in love with photography is the fact that this medium is a subjective historical document. Isn’t all history subjective? Looking forward to sharing other recent projects soon. Cheers!
This is the second to last photo I’m releasing on my insta from this shoot. @nicksullivan_art had an idea for capturing something in motion. So here he is ripping up the back alley way to the @idbldg!
I set up two strobes to freeze Nick as he was biking by. We captured two dozen takes until I found the shot with the right balance of motion blur and stillness. The key to making a shot like this work is to pan the camera on the subject as he cruised by using a slow shutter speed. Here, 1/30 of a second was perfect.
This was the final shot of the day, which is probably what inspired that smile!
Another capture from my shoot with @nicksullivan_art. The garage door was screaming be used as a backdrop. While we experimented with using just the dark color to mimic an in studio session with closer compositions, I wanted to incorporate the located we were shooting in to give context.
The lighting was tricky with this. I needed to use a “gobo” to narrow the light source so none would splash on the background and only hit my subject. For other shots, I didn’t mind being so precise as it added a pleasing textural element. For this one, I wanted to make it as dark and minimal as possible. That allowed my subject to really shine through even though he takes up such a small part of the frame.