I am originally from Minnesota so I really should be doing this project in my hometown. But Boston has the right to complain about winters too so I recently spent a morning driving around looking for people who have to be in the cold for their job.
I had the honor of photographing cancer survivor Jack Whelan for a Cancer Today Magazine cover story. When the phrase cancer survivor comes to my mind, the thought of a person with incurable blood cancer is not exactly the first thing I think of. But that is what Jack is. He is managing his lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma called Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia through clinical trials. He was diagnosed 6 years ago and you could not tell by meeting him that he has an illness of any kind. His outlook on life and his general attitude is an amazing thing to see. And what is more amazing than that is how Jack spends much of his time. He is a patient advocate and volunteer who helps others diagnosed and battling the disease.
We started out the shoot day on at Jack’s home in Andover where I got to meet and photograph him having Sunday breakfast with his family. The cover shot was made in his backyard and the spread opener in his three season porch. I was also treated to audio recordings played on several of Jack’s of antique phonographs which he collects. Then we headed down to Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston to photograph Jack in his role as patient advocate during a meeting he lead for patients dealing with blood cancer.
Paulo Lozano, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, is making tiny ion thrusters for the next generation of satellites. I photographed Asso. Prof. Lozano for a feature spotlight on the MIT homepage.
I photographed Heather Hendershot, professor of film and media studies at MIT, for a spotlight feature on the university’s homepage. The story is about Hendershot’s study of the conservative movement’s strategic use of television through the decades and her new book on the subject “What’s Fair on the Air?: Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest.”
MIT historian Craig Wilder photographed in the MIT Archives for a spotlight feature for the MIT News service. The story is about Prof. Wilder’s most recent book “Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities” which takes a look at the many links between US universities and slavery.