When it comes to event photography, of which we get our fair share of here in Tufts Photo, I always try to get something different or unexpected — make a picture that doesn’t necessarily fit into the mold of people mingling. Some situations make it easier to accomplish than others. And sometimes, they just serve up the opportunities to you on a silver platter.
Take the Tufts School of Dental Medicine’s reunion dinners this past weekend. In between the standard photos of giant checks being passed, people mingling, drinking cocktails and wine, and eating dinner, the venue opened the the dance floor. There weren’t a whole lot of people taking advantage of the space, but the few who did jumped right in with gusto. I took the opportunity to set up a remote-triggered strobe off camera to make some pictures of these fine dental alumni.
Bet you didn’t think your dentist could move like this!
Within seconds, 150 or so students dressed in white were covered in brightly colored powder. These students were celebrating the Hindu spring festival of Holi, hosted by Tufts’ Hindu Students Council. Leading up to the celebration, everyone waited on the Residential Quad for the leaders of the HSC to distribute the powder.
Students threw colored powder at each other and smeared it all over their faces. Eventually, the entire crowd was dancing to the blaring Indian music. Smiles blended into the reds, yellows, purples, and greens. People laughed and danced for an hour after they ran out of powder. A conga line even formed.
For the rest of the day, I saw unwashed faces in the dining rooms, dorms, and even the library — It’s like no one wanted it to end. Holi stirred up the spring spirit in us and marked the beginning of the final stretch to summer.
I recently had the opportunity to tag along with two students who are currently teaching an ExCollege class on mountaineering. These two guys, Nick Levin (A11) and Ryan Stolp (A11), are experienced mountaineers and outdoorsmen, and are spending their final semester at Tufts sharing that knowledge with anyone who wants to soak it in. The class covers the basics and history of climbing, as well as a slew of other skills that you’d need to know if you wanted to stay alive in the outdoors.
On Friday, March 11, a group of parents had the opportunity to meet with Tufts University School of Medicine faculty members and students for a tour of some of the school’s facilities on the Boston campus. After a morning of presentations and discussions with faculty members, the parents toured some of the places where their kids and other Tufts medical students receive their hands-on experience.
They heard about the current research on disorders of the nervous system by neuroscience professor, Stephen Moss, saw the laboratory work spaces of some faculty members and post-graduate students, and even saw a first year student’s cadaver in the anatomy lab at the Biomedical Research & Public Health Building. Then they trekked down to 35 Kneeland Street to check out the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center and see demonstrations of simulation equipment.
For all the hard work that Tufts School of Medicine students do, it all leads to today — Match Day, where they’ll find out where they’ll be spending their residencies as working doctors. It was an afternoon filled with a lot of emotion, elation, and occasionally tears.
This particular Match Day was of particular significance, as it marked President Larry Bacow’s final go-around as he leaves his post at the end of the school year. The School of Medicine bid him farewell in the form of a match letter of his own, sending him on his way to “Vacation in Hawaii.” Not a bad way to spend a “residency,” if you ask me.
Earlier today, we heard rumors about various igloos that seem to have popped up around campus over the weekend. Not content to just rely on the twitpics floating around the Internets, I took a little walk up the hill to check things out for myself. That’s when I ran into engineering student Chris Barry and his buddies as they were chilling — literally — in the igloo he started building last Thursday night. With more snow in the forecast, they were doing what they could so shore things up inside for the extra weight on the way.
Chris, being a chemical engineer, started to talk to me about the physics behind fluid dynamics and the science at work behind the snow in the igloo… but yeah, that was pretty much lost on me after the first five seconds. All I know is that it stands up, it’s pretty big and it’s surprisingly warm inside!
Back when I was considering Tufts as a potential school, the tour guides and admission folks were keen on selling us prospective students on P.T. Barnum’s involvement with the establishment of the University back in the mid-19th century. But, it wasn’t until last month, however, that I got to pick up a circus-related Tufts photo assignment. You’d think with a name like the Jumbos, there’d be jugglers and trapeze artists around every corner, right? Well, not quite.
But if you had stumbled into my makeshift studio in the Crane room in early December, you might have thought different. Take a look at this particular group of graduate students, whom I photographed for a Tufts E-News piece showcasing their talents. Their general philosophies, borrowing from their various skills, incorporate traditional circus performance and concepts into their particular field of study.
Pretty cool stuff, and as you can see from the photos, they’d do P.T. Barnum proud.
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Much thanks to Jen Agans, Tracy McAskill, Suzanne Rappaport, Jeremy Warren and Christina Zagarino for doing all the hard work!
After Wednesday’s blizzard — or Snowpocalypse 2011 as some are calling it — and almost 2 feet of snow later, the Medford/Somerville campus was a literal winter wonderland. Too bad students are still a week away from returning to enjoy (?) it as the rest of us spend our days digging out from the 20-foot snowbanks and endless snow drift. But still, that doesn’t mean we’re complaining over here in Tufts Photography, because we get to play outside in it, too.
Here’s a gallery of images from a “snowfari” as we trekked into the frozen tundra of campus the day after the storm — Three different looks from three photographers. Click anything you like to get a bigger look or go to “Full Screen” by clicking the expand button on the lower right of the gallery.
With the end of the year approaching, we here at Tufts University Photography are taking the time to pull aside our favorites of 2010. Over the course of the next few days, you’ll see a selection of images starting here, with myself, Associate Director of Photography Alonso Nichols and Photo Researcher Emily Zilm.
Granted, I’ve only been at Tufts for about four months, so my selection isn’t going to be nearly as extensive as, say, Alonso’s, but have a look at some of my more memorable pictures of 2010, in chronological order:
After a brief hiatus from the blogosphere, the Tufts University Photography Blog is back with a snazzy new redesign, along with a mess of really cool tools that will let you see and share the best of what we do.