Photos: On the train from Boston to California

Back in June 2014 when I was thinking about moving to the Bay Area, I took a roundtrip Amtrak train trip from Boston to Emeryville, CA. It was a fun adventure that took 4.5 days out to California and then five days for the trip back. A little less than two months later I moved to Oakland.

Fast forward three years and three months, I’m now planning my move back to Boston. Today I finally uploaded many of the iPhone photos I took during the first part of the 2014 train expedition. The hand-drawn maps are courtesy of Michael.

Click on a photo to see a larger image. During the trip, I posted some of these photos on Instagram with the #SoozAmtrak2014 hashtag.

 

Event Photography for 2.Oakland Spring Mixer

2.Oakland hosted a spring mixer at The Port Workspaces on April 21st bringing together individuals who are excited to create a thriving tech and innovation community for Oakland and the East Bay. Their events and programs support existing tech companies as well as organizations who would like to relocate to the area.

I contributed my event photography services for the event. Click on a photo to see a larger image. The album is also available to view on Flickr.

 

Photos of the Roman Chariot Mural in Temescal Oakland

I stopped by the large mural of awesome street art at 43rd and Telegraph in Oakland to take some photos. Thanks to the Internet, I found out that the mural is called “Roman Chariot” and it was created by Temescal artists in 2011. The Temescal News & Views newsletter had this to say about the project:

The mural is enormous, extending 156 lineal feet down 43rd St. and 75 lineal feet down Telegraph, and covering more than 4,000 square feet of surface.

Marcela and Ronn Simpson, owners of the building since 1978, were inspired to have a mural gracing the building’s walls by their son Michael Linton Simpson and his close friend Derek Weisberg. Both graduates of CCA, the California College of the Arts, Michael and Derek started the now-closed Boontling Gallery and were instrumental in founding the monthly Art Murmur events with other Oakland galleries and artists.

Derek curated the mural, and local artists F. Purth, Kara Joslyn, Jeremy Ehling, Jake Watling, Billy Sprague, Rich Jacobs, Nick Mann, Daniel Jesse Lewis and Michael Linton Simpson partici- pated. Work began on July 9th, and each artist was free to do his or her own work. Financial support for the mural came from the Temescal Telegraph BID, Kelly-Moore Paints and Mark’s Paint Spot. The name of the mural is “Roman Chariot.”

Scroll through my photo album of the Roman Chariot mural below or view each photo on Flickr.

Roman Chariot: Mural at 43rd & Telegraph, Oakland

Another Month of Firsts: Roses in March

Each month I’ve lived in the Bay Area since relocating from Boston last Summer brings a fresh batch of new. This month it’s roses in March and it’s certainly something I did not see in Boston or Nebraska.

Each month I’ve lived in the Bay Area since relocating from Boston last Summer brings a fresh batch of new. This month it’s roses in March and it’s certainly something I did not see in Boston or Nebraska.

I started to dig back into my Flickr account recently. Here are some of the photos I’ve taken around North Oakland. Click on a photo to see a larger image.

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Oakland Flowers

Photos: Tallahassee and The Grownup Noise at 2013 JP Music Festival

The JP Music Festival is an annual summer music festival in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts featuring musicians who either live or work in Jamaica Plain. This year’s festivities took place on September 7, 2013. View the JP Festival photo gallery to see more of my photos of Tallahassee and The Grownup Noise.

Talahassee at JP Music Festival
Tallahassee joined by special guest during their performance at 2013 JP Music Festival
cardboard slide at JP Music Festival
The awesome cardboard slide at 2013 JP Music Festival
The Grownup Noise at 2013 Jamaica Plain Music Festival
The Grownup Noise at 2013 JP Music Festival

 

 

Event Photography: Science Club For Girls Catalyst Awards at the Broad Institute

Science Club For Girls held their annual Catalyst Awards ceremony and rundraising event at the Broad Institute on November 9th.

boston event photography at the catalyst awards

Sooz photography provided event photography services for The Catalyst Awards, Science Club For Girls’ annual award ceremony and fundraising event featuring 2011 honorees Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister (CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center) and Douglas Banks (Publisher, Mass High Tech). Festivities were held at the Broad Institute in Cambridge.

View photos from the event in the photo gallery.

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About Science Club For Girls:

Now in its seventeenth year, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has established an excellent reputation as a nonprofit organization with expertise in girls-specific programming in underserved communities. SCFG was recognized with one of six national MetLife AfterSchool Innovator Awards in Fall 2010 for the design and impact of our Science Clubs and CELLS program. We are also the recipient the Nonprofit of the Year award by Cambridge Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Currently, SCFG provides free, hands-on science and engineering programs to over 1,000 girls in five cities in eastern Massachusetts (Cambridge, Lawrence, Boston, Newton and Fitchburg), and in Pokuase, Ghana.

About the Catalyst Awards:

The Catalyst Awards recognize individuals who are strategic, innovative and effective in promoting diversity in science, technology and engineering; who are skilled and dedicated to effecting change from a systems level down to a personal level to help individuals and groups realize their dreams; and embody those qualities that inspire the best in us: a sense of justice, dedication to excellence, and genuine engagement.

Event Photography: Cointreau and Blackbook Magazine Spooky Chic Halloween Party

BlackBook Magazine and Cointreau hosted a Halloween party at Flann O’Brien’s in Roxbury on October 29th.

cointreau spooky chic halloween party
Sooz photography provided event photography services for Cointreau and Blackbook Magazine’s Spooky Chic Halloween party on October 29, 2011 at Flann O’Brien’s Pub in Roxbury. View photos from the party on Cointreau’s Facebook page.

Event Photography: The Nation’s Report Card and 12th Grade Academic Preparedness Regional Symposium

The National Assessment Governing Board’s symposium in October featured remarks from Governor Deval Patrick and regional leaders in government, education, business, and civil rights.

Governor Deval Patrick at NAEP education symposium in Boston
Governor Deval Patrick at NAEP education symposium.

Sooz photography provided event photography services for the National Assessment Governing Board’s symposium on October 24, 2011  at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. View the photo gallery to see more photographs from the event.

About the event:

The NAEP 12th Grade Preparedness Commission is currently hosting a series of symposia across the country to discuss how The Nation’s Report Card can serve as this critical indicator. The Boston symposium, the second of the series, will convene regional leaders in government, education, business, and civil rights to obtain local perspectives on the utility of the NAEP initiative and its relevance for Massachusetts.

Concert Photos: Hey Mama and Girls Guns & Glory at the Middle East Downstairs

Before officially moving on to new projects, Hey Mama reunited for two “Bring It Back Home” shows in Burlington, VT and Boston.

After calling it quits several months ago to move on to new music projects, Hey Mama reunited for a couple “Bring It Back Home” shows in Burlington, VT and Boston in early October 2011. See the concert photos I shot of Hey Mama and their old-school country rock and roll friends Girls Guns & Glory on Exploit Boston!