Fast Eddie’s Barber Shop/Halloween Popup

October 25, 2012 – Fast Eddie’s Barber Shop, owned by Arlington resident Richard Lamoretti, sits at the corner of Harvard Avenue and Glenville Terrace in Allston. The cuttery began selling Halloween costumes in addition to wigs about ten years ago and now sells them year-round. Lamoretti’s grandfather Edward Marotta started the business in 1935. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 25, 2012 – Eduard Achildiyer, 38, cuts a patron’s hair at Fast Eddie’s Barber Shop as shoppers Lahiru Tholka-Mudalige, right, and Marina Mehrtens wait to pay shop owner Richard Lamoretti, center, for costume items on Thursday night. Both Boston University students at the School of Management, Tholka-Mudalige plans on being a dead surgeon for Halloween and Mehrtens a dead doll. The store, in Lamoretti’s family since 1935, attracted a steady stream of customers searching out last-minute costumes before the Halloween weekend. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 25, 2012 – Richard Lamoretti, the owner of Fast Eddie’s Barber Shop on Harvard Avenue in Allston, talks on the phone while longtime employee Eduard Achildiyer, reflected in the mirror at left, cuts a customer’s hair. Having worked at the family shop for 22 years now, Lamoretti said, “I’m emotionally attached to the place, it’s like my home.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 25, 2012 – Richard Lamoretti, the owner of Fast Eddie’s Barber Shop on Harvard Ave in Allston, shares a laugh with a customer on Thursday night. Lamoretti constantly flits from customer to customer, cracking jokes and offering good deals under his breath. “I love interacting with people,” Lamoretti said. He estimated that 90 percent of the shop’s haircut customers are regulars. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 25, 2012 – Halloween masks and other costume oddities line the street-side sill of Fast Eddie’s Barber Shop on Harvard Avenue in Allston. The shop, owned by Richard Lamoretti, has been in his family since 1935 and he said cutting hair is “in my blood.” Although the cuttery has branched out to selling costumes, Lamoretti said it’s hard to keep the business strong; the market is “very competitive and the rents are very high.” October brings with it a steady stream of customers, yet Lamoretti lamented, “I been working too much. I’m tired.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

Caroline Moynihan, Freshman Coxswain at Head of the Charles

For the Head of the Charles I tagged along with Caroline Moynihan, who after three weeks was coxing the men’s eight varsity boat in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Below you’ll find the multimedia piece from the day as well as the five images used for the story.

Here’s the video:

Caroline Moynihan, Freshman Coxswain of the Middlebury Varsity Men's Eight for the Head of the Charles Regatta

October 21, 2012 – Caroline Moynihan, the new freshman coxswain for the Middlebury varsity men’s eight boat at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, studies a map of the course before race time. Moynihan, who began coxing just three weeks ago, said she was “very nervous” about her first big race. According to former Assistant Coach Evan Doyle, “The race can be won or lost by the coxswain” due to the course’s many technical turns. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – Freshman coxswain Caroline Moynihan, right, directs the Middlebury varsity men’s eight team as they move their sweep boat to the water prior to racing in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest 2-day rowing event. Moynihan, who had only been coxing for three weeks prior to the race, said, “The hardest thing will be focusing on both the steering and motivation. I might not say as much to them because I’ll be focusing but hopefully I can balance it out.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – The Middlebury varsity men’s eight boat, coxed by freshman Caroline Moynihan at left, begins the trip from the dock to the starting line prior to their race in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. Moynihan had been coxing for just three weeks prior to the race. “The coxswain is there to correct their technique because I have the best view obviously,” she said. “But it’s very challenging because I’m not quite sure what the right technique is yet. I’m picking it up but I’m still figuring it out.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – The Middlebury varsity men’s eight boat, coxed by freshman Caroline Moynihan, rows by the Cambridge Boat Club before passing beneath the Eliot Bridge near the end of the three-mile Head of the Charles Regatta course on Sunday. This particular bend in the river is infamous for being hard to maneuver, and many boats crash into either each other or the struts of the bridge each year. According to the Head of the Charles website, the event attracts over 9,000 athletes and more than 300,000 spectators during the course of the weekend. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 21, 2012 – Middlebury freshman coxswain Caroline Moynihan, center, is hoisted for a group photo by members of her men’s varsity eight boat, from right, Alex Coblin, Dustin Weigl, Mike Koniares, Will Peterson (blocked), and Spencer Burch as Connor Gomez, left, looks on. The boat placed in thirteenth place of 37 competitors, a good showing that guarantees them a spot in the race next year. Moynihan, who only began coxing three weeks beforehand, said of the race, “It was a lot of fun. A lot more fun than I expected.” Head Coach Noel Wanner, who followed the boat along the shoreline by bike, was very pleased with Moynihan’s performance despite her inexperience: “She’s pretty special I think.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

Sarah Ganzhorn – Photojournalism Masters Student

PETA Demonstration, Ringling Bros. Circus

October 10, 2012 – A protestor outside the TD Garden on Wednesday hands stacks of PETA coloring books to Ringling Bros. Circus protest organizers Jessica Thibodeau, left, and Laura Sun, left middle, before their protest against circus animal abuse gets underway. Sun, PETA’s Boston contact and a vegan since 1999, says she “kills people with kindness” to avoid altercations while leafleting. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 10, 2012 – Boston Police look on as people hold signs protesting the Ringling Bros. Circus outside the TD Garden, where the circus had its opening night Wednesday. The protest was organized by Laura Sun, PETA’s Boston contact, who said, “If I could just make one person think in a day, then I’ve accomplished something.” Sun and her husband own six cats and three dogs. Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 10, 2012 – Taunton residents Brenden Bagnell, 7, and his mother Christen Baker stand in the median outside the TD Garden on Wednesday to protest the Ringling Bros. Circus and its treatment of animals. The protest was organized by PETA’s Boston contact Laura Sun, who said she was turned on to the animal movement by Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney’s wife and an outspoken animal rights activist. Sun said McCartney has “had such a big effect on my life.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 10, 2012 – Patti Jorash, at left in the elephant outfit, protests the Ringling Bros. Circus’ treatment of animals as circus goers walk by on their way to opening night at the TD Garden Wednesday. Protestors, about 50 in all, handed out leaflets, held signs, passed out coloring books, and shouted anti-circus chants throughout the two hour protest. Laura Sun, PETA’s Boston contact and the protest’s organizer, said “PETA people are the nicest people you could ever want to know.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

October 10, 2012 – PETA’s Boston contact Laura Sun waits for her husband to pick her up to go home to the South End following the group’s protest of the Ringling Bros. Circus on Wednesday at the TD Garden. Sun was happy with the protest’s 50-person turnout but wished she could get them better organized. The protest, she said, was “not one of my better ones.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

Pentax WG-2 GPS Review

The first review since moving to Boston, the WG-2 GPS review has now gone live on DigitalCamera-HQ. Check it out!

And some images from the camera:

Copley Square at Night

I feel like one can find a story within this photo. The hooded robber picking out his next victim perhaps? A lonely man pondering his next move? Shot with the D600 at ISO 1250 and f1.8 with the AF-S 35mm (DX crop). The crop really is fun to play with if you want to quickly change your focal length. I know it’s the same thing as cropping later, but it feels so much more dynamic when you play with it out in the field and while composing. Shooting a PETA demonstration tomorrow, can’t wait to put the camera to work!

 

Bob Flynn, Comic Artist

September 29, 2012 – Comic artist and Director of Art and Animation at FableVision Bob Flynn, right, demonstrates character drawing to a crowd of about 40 people at the third annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, held at Lesley University in Cambridge Saturday. The expo, put on by Boston Comics Roundtable and the Art Institute of Boston, featured about 100 regional artists and attracted over 1,000 attendees, organizers estimated. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 29, 2012 – Colin Tedford, right, a cartooning enthusiast from Winchester, NH, purchases a “Heeby Jeeby” comic book from artist Bob Flynn, left, during the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo at Lesley University. Flynn works full time as the Director of Art and Animation at FableVision, an education-oriented studio that produces animation, websites, games, graphic novels, and more. The all-ages Heeby Jeeby Comix, now four in total, are a self-published project he and three friends produce. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 29, 2012 – Bob Flynn, a comic artist at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo at Lesley University Saturday, signs one of his Heeby Jeeby Comix with a quick sketch. Flynn began drawing seriously at age eight, and despite straight A’s and matriculating to Washington University at St. Louis with the intent to double major in physics and art, he soon decided to focus on art as the better match. “I didn’t feel like I belonged in physics,” he said. “Drawing has always been my first love.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 29, 2012 – Comic artist Bob Flynn pens a custom ending to one of his “Marker Story Books” after someone purchased it at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo at Lesley University Saturday. Flynn says his cartoony art style is “inspired by every cartoon I’ve ever watched,” as well as “things that are a little bizarre and weird.” He points to work by Max Fleischer, who created Betty Boop and animated Popeye, as well as more recent shows like “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and “Spongebob Squarepants” as influencing forces. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 29, 2012 – After nearly ten hours of tabling at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo at Lesley University on Saturday, artist Bob Flynn begins the trip back home to Brighton. Flynn says events like this one, where you get to meet fans, are “why I do what I do.” Although he feels very lucky to have the full-time work at FableVision, Flynn really enjoys doing his own thing too: “You have complete artistic freedom – writing my own stories, drawing and coloring.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

 

Richard Rock, Tree Warden

Back this past summer I spent a few hours accompanying Richard Rock of the Southborough DPW on his rounds. You can see the resulting multimedia piece below or head to the Community Advocate webpage for more: http://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/09/27/southboroughs-rock-monitors-trees/

Photokina 2012 Roundup – Whew!

If you’re into camera jargon and the state of the photo industry, check out the article I just wrote summarizing what happened at Photokina 2012: http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/articles/photokina-2012-the-prosumers-get-the-goods

Minister Rodney Dailey – International Day of Peace, Boston

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, a licensed minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and worker with Street Safe, waits in the Boston Common Band Stand while a speaker addresses the crowd. A worldwide holiday established by the United Nations in 1981, Boston’s International Day of Peace featured a number of speakers, tabling organizations, and music by rock fusion band Zing Experience. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, right, speaks with Lillian Mboya, a Ugandan prophetess who works with the United Nations to promote peace, before Boston’s International Day of Peace event begins on Boston Common Friday. In addition to his duties as a minister, Dailey founded Gang Peace in 1987 and Street Peace in 2000. He is also a second year student at the AME Ministerial Institute. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – A ribbon decorated with peace signs drawn by local students adorns a lamp post by the Boston Common Band Stand as Penny Joy Snider-Light, at right, a peace representative from the World Peace Prayer Society, reads a proclamation written by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on the importance of peace in the city. Rodney E. Dailey, left, was in charge of keeping the event running smoothly yet treated his responsibilities lightly. One speaker finished and the crowd went quiet before Dailey realized, “Oh, I’m the MC,” and hurried back to the Band Stand to continue the schedule. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, far center, addresses a group of about 50 attendees during Boston’s celebration of the International Day of Peace at the Boston Common Band Stand. Dailey urged the assembly to remember that “violence is just the absence of peace,” and he later led the crowd in singing along with an R&B track entitled “I can bring the Peace.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, a licensed minister and worker with Street Safe, jokes with the crowd around the Boston Common Band Stand on Friday. A worldwide holiday established by the United Nations in 1981, Boston’s International Day of Peace featured a number of speakers, tabling organizations, and music by rock fusion band Zing Experience. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, sporting one of his Street Peace Apparel tee-shirts, introduces the band Zing Experience during Boston’s third annual International Day of Peace on Boston Common Friday. Many organizations, such as Veterans For Peace, Mass Peace Action, and American Friends Service Committee, had tables set up at the event to publicize their mission. Photo/Christopher Weigl