Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Photographer Took His Camera To Work And You Won't Believe What Happened Next...Click to Find Out!!!

I took photos. What the hell were you expecting?

As usual I am neglecting my blog. I've been focusing more on my website(s) and keeping those fresh and updated. Along with going out and actually working. Anyway here is a selection of some recent work for anyone that's interested. Thanks for looking!

Cruzeiro EC defenseman Manuel Canvalho (33) heads the ball past Miami Dade FC defenseman Giles Peeters (4) to score a goal in the first half at Bowditch Athletic Center in Framingham, Massachusetts on June 22, 2014. Photo by Matthew Healey

Cruzeiro EC midfielder Henrique (8) takes a 'selfie' photo with a fans phone after the team defeated Miami Dade FC 5-1 at Bowditch Athletic Center in Framingham, Massachusetts on June 22, 2014. Photo by Matthew Healey

Linda Interlichia of Rochester, NY poses for a photo in her summer home in East Dennis, Massachusetts on June 15, 2014. Mrs. Interlichia is currently battling advanced cancer that was likely worsened following uterine surgery that involved the use of a power morcellators.  In April, the Food and Drug Administration issued a surprising safety advisory, temporarily discouraging doctors from using power morcellators in uterine fibroid surgery because of evidence that the tool can spread and worsen hidden cancer. 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones perform at City Hall Plaza on June 21, 2014. 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones perform at City Hall Plaza on June 21, 2014. 

Women's elite runner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya falls to her knees after winning the women's division of 118th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 21, 2014.

A blur of runners head down Boylston Street towards the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 21, 2014.  

Poksil Himrich of Vancouver, Washington reaches out to spectators along the sideline after she completed running the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts on April 21, 2014.

President Barack Obama address the graduates of Worcester Technical High School during graduation exercises for the class of 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 11, 2014. 
Boston, MA - Friends of Michael DePina sit by a make-shift memorial for the murder victim in front of 6 Taft Street in Dorchester on Saturday, June 7, 2014. DePina was shot, possibly while riding his motorcycle on Taft Street on Friday night. 

Tufts University seniors laugh while waiting to line up for their commencement exercises.






Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ongoing - Second Hand Living

For a several years I've been working on a project loosely based on the second-hand economy. One of my hobbies is buying and selling antiques. I eventually decided to turn my camera on some of the more interesting people I have met.

This is Joe Pick.



I first met Joe at a yard sale he was having on the south shore of Massachusetts. The sale advertised tons of merchandise to pick through. I showed up and was amazed at what he had on his lawn. Boxes and boxes of, stuff. Photos, books, magazines, trinkets, buttons, electronics. There was also furniture and artwork. It was overwhelming. I ended up at a few more of his sales and began asking him about his business. It turns out he is a one man clean out team.

Joe is called in when a home needs to be cleared fast. Sometimes it is because the owner passed away and the family is selling it, sometimes it's a foreclosure, and sometimes it is an older couple that has finally decided to downsize. Joe is usually brought in after the bulk of the items have either been moved or sold off at an estate sale. What is left, the 'stuff' accumulated by people over the years, is Joe's responsibility.  The majority of what is left is basically trash. Broken items, old papers, moldy books. However a lot of that 'stuff' still holds some value. It is literally a case of one man's trash is another man's treasure. Most of it will only sell for a few dollars but it adds up fast when you are cleaning out a few houses a week. Joe used to sell off the remainders from his clean outs at his epic yard sales. But he has moved away from that practice and now uses more traditional retail outlets like antique and collectible shops.

This small series is from an antique farm house on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The house had been sold by the older owners and needed to be cleaned out. Most of the major items had already been sold at an estate sale, so whatever was left was up to Joe to deal with. When I was there two women were looking for some items for their new up-cycled furniture store.