Travis Roy Foundation / Francisican Hospital for Children – Wiffle Ball Tournament

The First Annual Travis Roy Foundation / Franciscan Hospital for Children Wiffle Ball Tournament was held at Wake Field in Brighton, MA on June 18, 2011. Everyone had a great time supporting this worthy cause. It was as awesome day!

Ok, that’s my official first paragraph.  But to be candid, it was a blast to be there and volunteer to photograph the event. It was also sad and happy and “eye-opening”.

The event was held on the tiny wiffle ball field behind the hospital which is named after Boston Red Sox player Tim Wakfield .

It was sad to see the children and adults in wheelchairs, happy to see all the corporate sponsers and their teams hitting that whiffle ball with a yellow plastic bat. Eye-opening to hear Travis Roy during his opening remarks say “I would like to be on the field with you, maybe one day I will”.

(footnote – Travis was injured during the first 11 seconds of his college ice hockey career) \

OH!  and it was delicious.  The food – hamburgers, hotdogs, etc was … Excellent!

Here’s a video look at the day. 

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The Amherst Bluestockings

The girls from Amherst College aka The Bluestockings were one of the featured performers at Norwood High School’s “A Cappella Night” about a week ago. It’s seems that I am always in the dark at these events … trying to get the shot, waiting for their nose to come out from behind the microphone … with just a second I try to capture a smile, etc.
Sometime I succeed.

The Amherst Bluestockings

Macbeth – Norwood High – Busler shoots them all

Norwood High School – Norwood MA Presents – Macbeth – the great Shakespearean tragedy. With all of the costumes, the language, the dramatic gestures, the frowns and fighting and well … it’s freaking Shakespeare… you know?

Wonka – Norwood High – The Rehearsals

All summer long they rehearse the fall musical. Long days, the kids barely get to enjoy their summers. But they squeeze in their family vacations and by the end of August, the production is starting to take shape.

The dedication they have is as much as any varsity team. The performances they put on are incredible. Here is a look at the rehearsals, soon enough you’ll get to see images from their performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Leg in the Window – Norwood MA

The main street in Norwood MA is lined with new businesses and long time staples. It’s a mixture that I’m sure you’ll see in many towns.
One of the most interesting is the antique shop. For all I know it’s a busy place, but I’ve never seen anyone in there. This image was almost an after thought. I was headed to my car, my camera packed away and there she was… in all her glory … A MAJOR PRIZE! The Leg Lamp.

No fanfare, no real positioning except it was there in the window … I think it was there to light the window , but there she was.

How many young men have marveled at it’s beauty? I too stopped and got my camera out of it’s safe place to take a shot … just to document the Leg Lamp that lights the window in Norwood center.

Conrads Norwood MA

I was out on another search for images and there it was … “Conrad’s”. On another night I would have kept walking I guess. But this night it just looked perfect.

It’s nice the way certain places in town are consistant. A teenager can bring his date here and be treated with respect … and the food is great.

It was quite late when I shot these images, the town was very quiet. Just the way I like it

Girlfriends – A Quiet Moment

I shoot a lot of theatrical performances and sometimes my favorite shots come from the rehearsals. It’s a lot of long days to put together a show.

The stage isn’t set, there are no costumes and the actors deep in the process of preparation.

Downtime between your turn to rehearse can be hours. And during those times I see the best images.

Here’s another image from my Girlfriends series and it will always be one of my personal favorites.