Archive for November, 2011

Early Morning “Elves” Decorate Boston’s Hancock Tower.

 Workers from Louisburg Gardens Inc. of Charlestown were busy early morning as they moved  large wreaths into the Hancock tower. See my photos below.

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Tonight’s Beautiful Sunset Over Boston’s Tremont Street.

My photo below, as seen from Tremont and Clarendon streets, was snapped 30 minutes ago, just after 4:30pm.

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No Holiday for Boston’s First Responders on Thanksgiving.

As many were getting ready to sit with family and feast on all the good things that Thanksgiving has to offer, Boston firefighters, EMS and police were responding to a multi-vehicle accident. They eased the pain of a small child, an infant and several adults who were hurt in the late morning accident that occurred near the Broadway bridge. Please see my photos below. In top photo, firefighter Edward Kelly of Ladder 17 is seen calming a young boy. Brian Carey of Rescue 1 holds an infant in the next photo. In the Third photo, an unidentified Boston EMS member holds the same infant. Story here.

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At the Brookline birthplace of our nation’s only Catholic president, Father Brian Clary of ST. Mary of the Assumption Church sprinkled holy water to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the killing of President John F. Kennedy. The staff of JFK’s birthplace, including National Park Servicemen Jim Roberts and Patrick Franzen, laid a wreath at the Beals Street home. Please see my photos of yesterday’s ceremony below.

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Bay State Cops Honored With Hanna Awards For Bravery

I had the privilege of attending and photographing the 2011 Hanna awards for bravery yesterday. The annual awards are in memory of  MA. State Trooper George Hanna, who was killed in the line of duty in 1983. This year’s awards honored many officer who were involved in shootouts among other serious matters. One officer, John “Jack ” Maguire was killed in one such shootout and honored posthumously. His wife Desiree and family members, were  escorted to the podium to receive his award by Woburn police chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr. Also in attendance was Somerville police detective Mario Oliveira, who was shot and nearly fatally wounded last year. Finally, the last photo (at bottom) is of little John Hanna Jr. trying to snap a photo of his dad, state trooper John Hanna Sr. John Sr’s brother was the late George Hanna.

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Left on the Cutting Room Floor/ Island of Misfit Photos.

Every week, for one reason or another, there are photos that I have taken that do not see the light of day and go unpublished. This could be a space issue in the paper, etc. Today I start publishing those photos here in a new pictureboston.com feature entitled, Left on the Cutting Room Floor. Island of Misfit Photos. This installment includes a rally to protect Medicare and Social Security, Occupy Harvard Yard, a ceramic angel left at the scene of a horrific multiple murder in Weymouth, and the city of Boston’s election day.

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2 Boston Moons, 24 hrs Apart.

The top was snapped tonight from South Boston at 5:51pm. A very orange moon shot with an 800mm lens. The bottom was snapped last night at 6:01pm from Arlington. A very bright moon shot with an 800mm lens plus a 1.4x teleconverter. Both photos of this “Beaver” moon show the moon just past it’s fullness. Both photos show 2 arrivals readying for landing at Logan airport. Please see my photos below.

 

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Arthur Pollock, an award winning local news photographer, bursts onto the art book stage with his first book, aptly titled, “Arthur Pollock.” This collection of moments, published by Unpiano Books, takes us from the author’s beginnings in photography as a college student in Wisconsin, through his time with the Lowell Sun and ending with his decades at the Boston Herald. The book’s editor, Jesse Pollock, is the proud son of the author. Jesse says of the initial work going through the countless amounts of photos: “I went through a thousand photos and 900 made my jaw drop. That’s just the kind of photographer he is.. ..everything is put together for a reason, whether thematically or aesthetically. I tried to go chronologically and snake my way through his career from the ’60s to the ’80s. Within that timeline, I tried to go with other sub-themes like crime or love.
I chose a lot of the photos because they’re continuously relevant. They’re still fresh in a way that doesn’t make them seem like they’re from ’60s. You could run a lot of them with no captions, and people would think they were taken recently based on the way they’re shot. Not all of his work is like that, but I curated it in a certain way and chose photos for that reason.
Photojournalists don’t really like to talk about their work as art because it’s more of a group dynamic; you’re on a team. It’s blue collar, like a firefighter. And you don’t say, ‘I’m the best firefighter.’ It’s hard for him to put his work out there like that. He doesn’t think of it as art. He’ll think of it as a photojournalism exhibition. The nearest art category you could throw it into is street photography, but I don’t think of it like that. It has a hard, journalistic viewpoint at heart.”

The book is available at unpiano.com 

Top photos show the author then and now. Other photos show Jesse and Arthur and scenes from Agawam, Mashpee and Boston,MA

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Strange Early Morning Car Accident in Boston’s Chinatown

A driver is questioned by a Massachusetts state trooper after the man’s car rode up this barrier at the intersection of Marginal and Washington streets in Chinatown just after 6:45am. This is on the bridge over the Mass Pike.

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Relocating Romeo & Juliet, the Public Garden Swans

Here is a short video of Animal Rescue League of Boston personnel, along with City of Boston Animal Control, relocating Boston’s most famous pair of same sex swans, Romeo & Juliet. Anthony Fabiano, a City Animal Control officer and Bill Tanguay and Brian O’Connor of ARL Boston, took only a few minutes to wrap up the two fowl friends. See my photos below and my short Herald video here.

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