On my most recent trip I spent two weeks in New England. I was there visiting family and taking time out to photograph every chance I had. My time was broken up into three primary locations and four different shooting genres.
- Plymouth/ Cape Cod, Massachusetts
- Booth Bay Harbor, Maine
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Documentary/ Protests
I spent part one of my vacation in Plymouth, Massachusetts visiting with family and taking in the sites. I took a lot of photos of my extended family, I’m not posting those photos here, but I will put together a collection and share at a later date. On one of the days we were able to escape Plymouth and drive down Cape Cod. I have never driven down the cape (I once took a boat to Provincetown for a short visit). Along the journey we made a stop in Wellfleet (home of the Wellfleet oysters) where I got the photo above. I wasn’t expecting to get any street shooting in until I got to Boston, but Provincetown was hopping. It was just before the Carnival celebration and the mostly gay population was in a festive mood. I got some great photos for my Character of the Day series.
Part two of the trip took us up to Booth Bay Harbor, Maine. I wish we had more time to stop in the small towns along the way but their just wasn’t enough time. Booth Bay was all about landscape photography (and some family time as well as eating lobster, oysters and mussels). I had been to Booth Bay Harbor in the past to visit my uncle and aunt and I forgot how beautiful it was. We spent a lot of the time walking around the small town and taking photos around the water. We were able to get out for a boat ride one day but taking photos from a small boat bouncing around proved to be a bit challenging. I took a bunch of photos of fishermen hauling in lobsters and I’ll save those to show in a series later (the photo below is a lobster trap).
The final stop on our tour was Boston. Here I was planning on doing a lot of street shooting, and maybe some cityscape photos. During our time there, a big anti-Marxism/anti-Trump protest was planned blocks from our hotel, and you know I can’t resist shooting a protest. It was a big deal that made national news so I was thrilled to be there during that time (more thrilled than my wife, but she was a good sport and played along). The Boston police and the city were expecting huge crowds and they made every effort to separate the protesters from the anti-protesters and overall it was very peaceful. Other cities, including San Francisco, used Boston as an example on how to handle these situations by being proactive and keeping a distance between the two groups, this resulted in a number of protests getting canceled in the Bay Area.
I spent a good part of the day shooting the protest and that prevented me from doing as much street shooting as I would have like to, but I can’t complain. The featured image above was my favorite street shot from my trip and it was taken in the Italian district of Boston. The photo below was taken in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Boston is a small and very walkable city with plenty to shoot.