All at once Summer collapsed into Fall. Throwback to a few weeks ago on 8/24 when I went camping in a special secret hideaway in Allegheny National Forest. It was voted the second best campsite in the state! We had beach front campfires and enough space to throw a mini-Burn.
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As Summer winds down September rolls on. I have spent more time outdoors this season than any year I can remember. Not having FOMO, tending to the parts of the garden I can touch and spending time with a closer knit group of people, it has allowed me to do what I feel most comfortable doing. Acting like my 9 year old self and having fun with nature with no worries on my back. I will still be leaning hard into outdoor life well into our first snowfall. 🤙🏽
#startrails #nightskyphotography #alleghenynationalforest #beachatnight #campinglife #camplife #nightsky
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Taken one year ago today, 8/28/2019. Since my annual pilgrimage has been canceled, I have reimagined the journey with long adventures that rival the physical, mental and spiritual growth I gain when attending Burning Man.
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I am currently still on these adventures and feeling such deep flow and gratitude. The bicycle is tuned, route mostly planned and I’m ready. Hills, rail trails, fire, sweat, endorphins, sunshine, deep thought, big meals, farm lands and time to be. May I be alive to see the end of the world. 🤙🏽
#burningman #burningman2020
#burningman #temple #brc #burningmanphotos #playa #dusk
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The view from my shooting location for one of the biggest and most fun projects of my career. Looking forward to sharing the final shots I captured for @gensler_design of @fsbostondalton in Boston. Big thanks to @roleekumar for making it all come together and @christina.cobb for being my lighting and digital tech guru. Just need to finish editing! Our city does look pretty from far above, doesn’t it?
#onedalton #onedaltonboston #onedaltontower #boston #bostonfromabove #cityscapephotography #backbay
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The stunning new ISEC building I photographed and shot a video for. We interviewed a bunch of super talented people for this and ended up with a short video. To see and learn more about what went into designing this building, visit youtube.com/bengebo
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The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex Designed by Payette for Northeastern University
Completed in April 2017.
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I interviewed Kevin Sullivan, FAIA President and CEO, Payette, Robert Schaeffner FAIA Principal, Payette, Paul Pettigrew AIA Founder, Architect + Products in Space Director, Undergraduate and Urban Outreach, MIT, and Kathy Spiegelman Chief of Campus Planning and Development Northeastern University. Thanks to the BSA @bsaspace for having me on board for this fun a project! 🙏🏽
#isec #northeastern #payette #architecture #architectureboston #boston #bostonarchitecture #labspace #interior #architecturefirm
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The perfect view while drifting to sleep. I shot this from my campfire a week before 2019 Burning Man. I had a week of hiking, swimming and camping alone before I headed to the desert. It was a nourishing time of post-aya reflections and setting my pre-burn intentions. The stillness before the beautiful chaos.
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This whole area is stunning. Next time you’re thinking about adventuring Yosemite, consider the less traveled, more tranquil and just as beautiful Mono Lake/June Lake area. A was visited from a bear on this night, so be careful. A big thanks to @greeniceandham and @tessrud for providing me with everything I needed to navigate these gorgeous and sacred lands. 🤙🏽
#leevining #monolake #junelake #campinglife #nightsky #starrysky #starry #greatoutdoors #nightscape
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Three generations. Kenneth, David and Abigail Gebo. After renting an RV and driving down to Florida to visit my father, I couldn’t explain how important it was for me to watch my newborn niece meet my dad. When their eyes first locked it felt like a loop was closed, a torch has been passed and the breath of a new generation was finally visible. In a way, it was a sigh of relief. I am proud of my brother Ken, his wife Whitney, their newborn Abby and my father for all creating life out of love.
#firstmeeting #newborn #newbornphotoshoot #newbornbaby #babyphotography #threegenerations #newgeneration
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In addition to shooting interior photos, I also provide props from my personal collection and style the scenes too. Here is a book by @annieleibovitz that helped shift my perspective on professional photography. Even if you have no interest in taking pictures there is a wealth of life wisdom dispensed by one of the greats.
#interiordesign #interiorvignette #interiorstyling #livingroomideas #livingroomstyle #livingroominspiration
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Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything gets accomplished. I spend time with plants to allow my soul to match the harmony of where we come from. Do the unexpected.
#nature #tentcamping #vermont #camping #sibleytent #followplantsnotgurus #fungi
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I did a three day shoot for @lingerhome a few months ago and thought it would be fun to step in as a model! This was during the last series of photos on the final day of shooting. At this point is when the crews I work with can start getting goofy and experimental. I was feeling happy to be both behind and in front of the camera, which is a rare occurrence for people who know me. It’s good to get a new, updated picture of yourself, especially when you get the lighting to look great. Thanks to LH for making all the pieces come together and to @jasonostevens for offering his help for the location and for this snap!
#selfportrait #photographerportrait #photographersofinstagram #photographerlife #lifestylephotographer #onthebed #lifestyle #makeportraits
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I don’t just photograph people! When I was capturing team portraits for @renovisohome a little while back, one of their office dogs was curious to see what was happening. When he just walked up and planted himself in the chair in between portraits, it was only obvious that I needed to shoot his portrait too! It’s not often I can get children or pets to look directly in the camera. Photography is as much about the decisive moment as it is about planning, lighting and composition.
#dogs #instadog #dogsoninstagram #dogportrait #dogportraits #doggygram #dogloversofinstagram #dog #dogs_of_instagram
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“We've forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that's the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.” - Cornel West
#blackouttuesday #blackoutday2020
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Time for some Massachusetts history. This is an abandoned roller coaster at Lincoln Park. I went here kid until it closed in the late 80’s. It was eventually torn down in 2012. The most popular ride was the "Monster Ride," where diabolical creatures were plotting your demise from beyond the railways. It featured two paper maché monsters overlooking your entry from the second floor balcony. It has appeared in several newspaper articles. Lincoln Park used to be known as "Midway Park" or "Westport Park" until a new name was chosen in a lottery.
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In 1987 it had a series of accidents which led to its closing. Four months later on September 29, the braking system on the roller coaster failed, causing one of the cars to jackknife. Although no one was injured, this was the final ride of the coaster. The jack-knifed car remained stuck on the roller coaster track well into the 1990s, until vandals tore it off.
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The 42-acre site is currently being considered for a 252-unit housing project. It’s funny how quickly the earth overtakes human-made structures like this one. Captured with an old Nikon D200 at a five minute shutter speed. Rest in pieces, you ol’ hunk of junk.
#abandonedplaces #abandonedafterdark #rollercoasterride #abandonedworld #decay_explorers #urbanexplorers #abandonedthemepark #dartmouthma
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Throwback to August when I discovered my new quiet place in Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra mountains. I captured this photo on my way to June Lake. Then after that, Burning Man. I was feeling tranquil as I was blasting @kinggizzard in my rented Dodge Charger. After this portion of the trip was completed, I went from nothing but nature, myself and my thoughts to the dust, everyone, and the collective effervescence. It might have been the most epic journey I’ve ever had in my home country. I only have four more states to visit before I’ve explored all 50 in the U.S. Any idea which ones are left on my list? To read more about this fun, wild and weird adventure, visit bengebo.com/news. Cheers!
#yosemitevalley #mountainscape #treesofinstagram #ontheroadagain #californiaroadtrip
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At this point in the year I would have had all my Burning Man prep squared away. Tickets for the airplane, burner express bus and shipping container. My bicycle would be decked out and the tea camp layout would be set. Since the Burn isn’t happening this year, doing something just as memorable and soul healing is my goal. Whether it happens in New England, the desert or on the moon, Labor Day week will be magical. Thoughts on what I should do instead?
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After a day of delivering the mail, meeting brilliant people, holding enlightening conversations, I was given a pass to ride on an airplane anytime I want. I ended up catching the last plane ride of the Burn the following morning. On that flight I met a friendly passenger and new friend @cristina.ariso. Through our connection of zero G’s and some hours relating on philosophy and meaningful books post flight, we remain friends to this day. I’ve used experiences from Burning Man as experiences to apply to my real life to enhance it on all levels.
#burningman #skyphotography #fromairplane #burningman2019 #burningmanphotos
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All seeds grow in darkness. Think about how you’ll feel once we can hug again, have outdoor dinners with friends and new friends, and not be in fear of endangering others. I am thinking of these times as a cloak of darkness that we’ll eventually shed once our compassion and and ingenuity has worn it away. A seed of new growth. For now, I am tending to the parts of the garden I can touch. Who do we want to be when we rise from this? I don’t know yet, but you and I will be more appreciative and have new growth to show.
#dinnerwithfriends #sunsetdinner #dinnerplate #outdoordinner #sunsetphoto
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Looking up when I first visited Louisville many years ago. There was a crazy storm that took out the power of the entire city and sent a tree through the bedroom I was staying in. Those photos and the story of that close call will be for another time, however.
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I had a late night with the sirens going nonstop, so I decided to capture the sky with no light pollution. Everything was dark and eerie. It was strange being in a city having the ability to see stars. Kind of reminds me of what we’re dealing with now, right? This is a time for reflection, but also action. What artifacts will we be able to share with future generations when this time has passed?
#startrails #nightsky #stars #starrysky #nightphotography
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Throwback to when I traveled 8,000+ miles in a rental car with two friends for a cross country road trip. My goal was to captured two portraits a day for as long as we were on the road. I stopped this gentleman when we were headed to Mt. Dixie National Forest. It’s funny, out of the 70+ people I photographed only one person denied me. Once people saw my camera and realized I was honest and legit, they opened up and told me their whole story. Approach a stranger in earnest and you’ll be surprised what they’ll reveal. Damn. I can’t wait for another road trip for no reason.
#roadtrip #oldcar #racecars #ontheroad #travelon
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Blue hour in the suburbs. I photographed this project for @preconconstruction back when we could go outside. Remember what that was like?
#bluehour #architecture #exteriordesign #exteriorinspo #housebeautiful
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Site plans. With all of the beautiful homes I am lucky enough to photograph, I suppose it all starts inside one of these. Having taken a tech drawing class many years ago, I am sure I only catch a glimpse of the actual work involved. I usually only get to see the end product and know my clients put in a lot of time and sweat into making their projects a reality. So it’s my job to be there for them and let their work shine in the best light possible.
#architecturesketch #architectureanddesign #floorplans #archdesign #designweek
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I made a new video!
bengebo.com/juggling
During the 2020 quarantine, my friend Drew and I went out for a socially distanced bike ride. We stopped at a park where he taught me how to juggle. I am still awful, but he is unbelievable. I made this short and fun video of him as a thank you. All video, editing and music created by yours truly!
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The trickiest part was trying to sync up the music to the video. I ended up matching the beat to Drew’s hand movements and then cut the video to match the audio transitions. This was my first time ever making something like this and I couldn’t be more inspired to create more. Send me a message and let me know what you think I should film next! Maybe you?
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If you’d like to hear more songs like this, check out my side music project Fractaloba. fractaloba.bandcamp.com
✌🏽 #juggle #juggling #learntojuggle #quarantine #sunnyday🌞
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A beautifully designed house and a delightful, quiet backyard I photographed for architects @hiselflynn. I used four strobes with umbrellas and a light form panel to blast “daylight” inside the rooms.
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We had a fifteen minute time window to match the natural light and the strobe power. I spent the first hour getting the six vantage points ready so I could just jump into each spot to shoot when the time was right.
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I generally prefer to take pictures at the crack of dawn. That way we have the rest of the day to shoot once the time sensitive shots are done. Dusk shots can be glorious, but once that light is gone, it’s gone.
#backyarddesign #exteriordesign #backyardgardening #exteriordesign #arlingtonma
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Details in a modern and hip home I shot for architects @hiselflynn. This house was in disrepair and they brought it back to life from top to bottom. This is an impromptu vignette I captured in the living room.
#livingroomdesign #shelves #walldesign #architecturedetail #somervillearchitecture
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Here is another photo I captured inside the offices of @enviroatwork. It was fun collaborating with their ultra friendly and creative team. Their work space is all kinds of feng shui with cooler tones.
#officespace #officedesign #officeinteriors #officeinspiration #officeinterior
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For fun, here’s another abstract office scene. This one I shot for @enviroatwork at their home base in Boston. It was a day of capturing the life of the employees in meetings, at their desks and and their “environments at work”.
#officedesign #abstractlovers #officeinteriors #minimalistart #officebuilding
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Fun assignment shooting abstract shapes of ultra modern lighting fixtures.
#lightingdesign #lightingdesigner #lightingideas #lighting_design #modernlighting
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This is what an organic quinoa farm looks like. Photographed circa ‘15 when I was in Peru for a month. Thanks to @gmwll for being my translator and fixer for this fun photojournalism project. Fun fact: Quinoa leaves are the most nutrient dense on the planet, yet very few people eat them.
#quinoa #farmingphotos #farm365 #peru🇵🇪 #eatquinoa
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Sunday.
#motionmakesaction #treestuff #quarandream #spring2020 #april2020
https://bengebo.com
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The smooth curves of a wooden chair can satisfy my soul. Captured for interior designer @mandarina_studio_.
#chair #chairdesign #interiordecoration #diningroomdecor #diningroomdesign
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Throwback to the last time I was in New York. I was a born street photographer, but fell in love with shooting spaces. I believe there is a healthy overlap in that photography venn diagram. The trees spoke to me, as they do if I listen closely enough, and I wanted to capture them in a way they haven’t been before. I find if I shoot the mundane or usual enough times I can find a way to make it unique. Stay safe.
#tree #panoramacity #panorama #newyork_ig #newyorkart
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Remember these? They’re called restaurants and bars. Places people would go there to eat, drink, socialize and be merry. When do you think will be the next time humans go to them without a worry? I don’t know either. But it will happen!
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Postponed photo shoots have me going through my archives from the last two years to revisit some fun jobs I’ve had. I was fortunate to have a very busy few years with little time to reflect on the collaborations and fun moments taking photographs. Here is one interior shot for a very friendly and talented restaurant designer @studioeightllc taken in the South End in Boston. Thanks for the assignment, a stunning restaurant with just as good food!
#restaurantdesign #restaurantfurniture #haveadrink #lightingdesign #restaurant
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Portrait for the Independent Film Fest of Boston. Shot in the tiniest of office rooms in a film studio in East Boston. We were shooting six portraits quickly, so I made the lighting simple. One beauty dish with a diffuser, a white foam core panel for reflection, a black sheet and a 105mm portrait lens tethered to my laptop. All of these portraits were displayed before each of the films were premiered at the festival. It felt good having thousands of film goers see my work on the big screen back when the fest happened. Thanks to the great @jodivautrin for brining me in on this super fun project!
#bostonphotographer #bostonusa #bostonphotography #bostonportrait #portrait_planet
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Any bathroom with a slightly mod look, brick, plants and bright window light makes me swoon. 😍 And those Edison bulbs? Come on. Gorgeous design work and such a great vibe. Small spaces are tough to shoot, but here I had my work cut out for me. While we’re here, don’t forget to wash your hands.
#bathroom #bathroomdesign #bathtub #bathroominspo #bathroominspiration
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I am a porch man. Also a front door man. And a lamp man. And a coffee table man. Photographed for @kachmardesign back when life was green. It will be warm and green again as sure as the sun rises. If you find here and now intolerable, there are three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
#cambridge #frontdoor #porch #porchlife #yellowdoor
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Looking forward to when our closed social circles becomes open communal spirals.
#zen #meditate #inthistogether #circle #quarantine
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In my mind I’m here. There is a collective humanity software update happening right now. We were ignoring the notification over and over again, so it restart itself. We are electrical beings like our phones and laptops. This is not happening to us, it’s happening for us so we can grow. It’s gifting us this moment to pause, be still, breathe, reflect, focus inward and ascend consciously together. Medicine doesn’t ever taste good. Much is beyond our control, so tend to the parts of the garden you can touch. Remind yourself of that as we continue this upgrade together. Bright light, dark shadow.
#quarantinedream #softwareupdate #wellgetthroughthis #together #humanity
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Thankfully, I have friends who don’t need social distancing. Stay safe out there.
#covid_19 #coronavirus #quarantine #boston #coronavírus
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I appreciate the agreement this fence has with the tree. Captured for Brown Fenollosa Architects.
#cambridgema #cambridge #fence #fencedesign #fenceinstallation
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The new One Dalton building I photographed for @gensler_design. It is New England’s tallest residential building. Pretty far out, or up in this [email protected]
#bostonarchitecture #onedalton #boston #bostonphotographer #luxuryboston
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“If the environment were a bank it would have been saved by now.” -Bernie Sanders🔸There were 10,000+ strong in the cold today here at the Boston Common. We are just three days away from super Tuesday. Do your duty and vote! ✌️ 🗳
#justicedemocrats #berniesanders #bernie #bernie2020 #berniesanders2020
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Portrait session for Harvard. Keeping it simple! This is a two light setup in a concrete basement. Once the composition and lighting is right, then it’s time to break down any walls of fear with my subjects. Focusing on getting the one right expression, the decisive moment. #harvardsquare #harvarduniversity #harvard #portrait_today #portrait_page ...

All at once Summer collapsed into Fall. Throwback to a few weeks ago on 8/24 when I went camping in a special secret hideaway in Allegheny National Forest. It was voted the second best campsite in the state! We had beach front campfires and enough space to throw a mini-Burn.
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As Summer winds down September rolls on. I have spent more time outdoors this season than any year I can remember. Not having FOMO, tending to the parts of the garden I can touch and spending time with a closer knit group of people, it has allowed me to do what I feel most comfortable doing. Acting like my 9 year old self and having fun with nature with no worries on my back. I will still be leaning hard into outdoor life well into our first snowfall. 🤙🏽
#startrails #nightskyphotography #alleghenynationalforest #beachatnight #campinglife #camplife #nightsky
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Taken one year ago today, 8/28/2019. Since my annual pilgrimage has been canceled, I have reimagined the journey with long adventures that rival the physical, mental and spiritual growth I gain when attending Burning Man.
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I am currently still on these adventures and feeling such deep flow and gratitude. The bicycle is tuned, route mostly planned and I’m ready. Hills, rail trails, fire, sweat, endorphins, sunshine, deep thought, big meals, farm lands and time to be. May I be alive to see the end of the world. 🤙🏽
#burningman #burningman2020
#burningman #temple #brc #burningmanphotos #playa #dusk
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The view from my shooting location for one of the biggest and most fun projects of my career. Looking forward to sharing the final shots I captured for @gensler_design of @fsbostondalton in Boston. Big thanks to @roleekumar for making it all come together and @christina.cobb for being my lighting and digital tech guru. Just need to finish editing! Our city does look pretty from far above, doesn’t it?
#onedalton #onedaltonboston #onedaltontower #boston #bostonfromabove #cityscapephotography #backbay
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The stunning new ISEC building I photographed and shot a video for. We interviewed a bunch of super talented people for this and ended up with a short video. To see and learn more about what went into designing this building, visit youtube.com/bengebo
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The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex Designed by Payette for Northeastern University
Completed in April 2017.
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I interviewed Kevin Sullivan, FAIA President and CEO, Payette, Robert Schaeffner FAIA Principal, Payette, Paul Pettigrew AIA Founder, Architect + Products in Space Director, Undergraduate and Urban Outreach, MIT, and Kathy Spiegelman Chief of Campus Planning and Development Northeastern University. Thanks to the BSA @bsaspace for having me on board for this fun a project! 🙏🏽
#isec #northeastern #payette #architecture #architectureboston #boston #bostonarchitecture #labspace #interior #architecturefirm
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The perfect view while drifting to sleep. I shot this from my campfire a week before 2019 Burning Man. I had a week of hiking, swimming and camping alone before I headed to the desert. It was a nourishing time of post-aya reflections and setting my pre-burn intentions. The stillness before the beautiful chaos.
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This whole area is stunning. Next time you’re thinking about adventuring Yosemite, consider the less traveled, more tranquil and just as beautiful Mono Lake/June Lake area. A was visited from a bear on this night, so be careful. A big thanks to @greeniceandham and @tessrud for providing me with everything I needed to navigate these gorgeous and sacred lands. 🤙🏽
#leevining #monolake #junelake #campinglife #nightsky #starrysky #starry #greatoutdoors #nightscape
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Three generations. Kenneth, David and Abigail Gebo. After renting an RV and driving down to Florida to visit my father, I couldn’t explain how important it was for me to watch my newborn niece meet my dad. When their eyes first locked it felt like a loop was closed, a torch has been passed and the breath of a new generation was finally visible. In a way, it was a sigh of relief. I am proud of my brother Ken, his wife Whitney, their newborn Abby and my father for all creating life out of love.
#firstmeeting #newborn #newbornphotoshoot #newbornbaby #babyphotography #threegenerations #newgeneration
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In addition to shooting interior photos, I also provide props from my personal collection and style the scenes too. Here is a book by @annieleibovitz that helped shift my perspective on professional photography. Even if you have no interest in taking pictures there is a wealth of life wisdom dispensed by one of the greats.
#interiordesign #interiorvignette #interiorstyling #livingroomideas #livingroomstyle #livingroominspiration
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Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything gets accomplished. I spend time with plants to allow my soul to match the harmony of where we come from. Do the unexpected.
#nature #tentcamping #vermont #camping #sibleytent #followplantsnotgurus #fungi
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I did a three day shoot for @lingerhome a few months ago and thought it would be fun to step in as a model! This was during the last series of photos on the final day of shooting. At this point is when the crews I work with can start getting goofy and experimental. I was feeling happy to be both behind and in front of the camera, which is a rare occurrence for people who know me. It’s good to get a new, updated picture of yourself, especially when you get the lighting to look great. Thanks to LH for making all the pieces come together and to @jasonostevens for offering his help for the location and for this snap!
#selfportrait #photographerportrait #photographersofinstagram #photographerlife #lifestylephotographer #onthebed #lifestyle #makeportraits
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I don’t just photograph people! When I was capturing team portraits for @renovisohome a little while back, one of their office dogs was curious to see what was happening. When he just walked up and planted himself in the chair in between portraits, it was only obvious that I needed to shoot his portrait too! It’s not often I can get children or pets to look directly in the camera. Photography is as much about the decisive moment as it is about planning, lighting and composition.
#dogs #instadog #dogsoninstagram #dogportrait #dogportraits #doggygram #dogloversofinstagram #dog #dogs_of_instagram
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“We've forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that's the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.” - Cornel West
#blackouttuesday #blackoutday2020
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Time for some Massachusetts history. This is an abandoned roller coaster at Lincoln Park. I went here kid until it closed in the late 80’s. It was eventually torn down in 2012. The most popular ride was the "Monster Ride," where diabolical creatures were plotting your demise from beyond the railways. It featured two paper maché monsters overlooking your entry from the second floor balcony. It has appeared in several newspaper articles. Lincoln Park used to be known as "Midway Park" or "Westport Park" until a new name was chosen in a lottery.
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In 1987 it had a series of accidents which led to its closing. Four months later on September 29, the braking system on the roller coaster failed, causing one of the cars to jackknife. Although no one was injured, this was the final ride of the coaster. The jack-knifed car remained stuck on the roller coaster track well into the 1990s, until vandals tore it off.
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The 42-acre site is currently being considered for a 252-unit housing project. It’s funny how quickly the earth overtakes human-made structures like this one. Captured with an old Nikon D200 at a five minute shutter speed. Rest in pieces, you ol’ hunk of junk.
#abandonedplaces #abandonedafterdark #rollercoasterride #abandonedworld #decay_explorers #urbanexplorers #abandonedthemepark #dartmouthma
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Throwback to August when I discovered my new quiet place in Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra mountains. I captured this photo on my way to June Lake. Then after that, Burning Man. I was feeling tranquil as I was blasting @kinggizzard in my rented Dodge Charger. After this portion of the trip was completed, I went from nothing but nature, myself and my thoughts to the dust, everyone, and the collective effervescence. It might have been the most epic journey I’ve ever had in my home country. I only have four more states to visit before I’ve explored all 50 in the U.S. Any idea which ones are left on my list? To read more about this fun, wild and weird adventure, visit bengebo.com/news. Cheers!
#yosemitevalley #mountainscape #treesofinstagram #ontheroadagain #californiaroadtrip
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At this point in the year I would have had all my Burning Man prep squared away. Tickets for the airplane, burner express bus and shipping container. My bicycle would be decked out and the tea camp layout would be set. Since the Burn isn’t happening this year, doing something just as memorable and soul healing is my goal. Whether it happens in New England, the desert or on the moon, Labor Day week will be magical. Thoughts on what I should do instead?
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After a day of delivering the mail, meeting brilliant people, holding enlightening conversations, I was given a pass to ride on an airplane anytime I want. I ended up catching the last plane ride of the Burn the following morning. On that flight I met a friendly passenger and new friend @cristina.ariso. Through our connection of zero G’s and some hours relating on philosophy and meaningful books post flight, we remain friends to this day. I’ve used experiences from Burning Man as experiences to apply to my real life to enhance it on all levels.
#burningman #skyphotography #fromairplane #burningman2019 #burningmanphotos
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All seeds grow in darkness. Think about how you’ll feel once we can hug again, have outdoor dinners with friends and new friends, and not be in fear of endangering others. I am thinking of these times as a cloak of darkness that we’ll eventually shed once our compassion and and ingenuity has worn it away. A seed of new growth. For now, I am tending to the parts of the garden I can touch. Who do we want to be when we rise from this? I don’t know yet, but you and I will be more appreciative and have new growth to show.
#dinnerwithfriends #sunsetdinner #dinnerplate #outdoordinner #sunsetphoto
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Looking up when I first visited Louisville many years ago. There was a crazy storm that took out the power of the entire city and sent a tree through the bedroom I was staying in. Those photos and the story of that close call will be for another time, however.
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I had a late night with the sirens going nonstop, so I decided to capture the sky with no light pollution. Everything was dark and eerie. It was strange being in a city having the ability to see stars. Kind of reminds me of what we’re dealing with now, right? This is a time for reflection, but also action. What artifacts will we be able to share with future generations when this time has passed?
#startrails #nightsky #stars #starrysky #nightphotography
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Throwback to when I traveled 8,000+ miles in a rental car with two friends for a cross country road trip. My goal was to captured two portraits a day for as long as we were on the road. I stopped this gentleman when we were headed to Mt. Dixie National Forest. It’s funny, out of the 70+ people I photographed only one person denied me. Once people saw my camera and realized I was honest and legit, they opened up and told me their whole story. Approach a stranger in earnest and you’ll be surprised what they’ll reveal. Damn. I can’t wait for another road trip for no reason.
#roadtrip #oldcar #racecars #ontheroad #travelon
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Blue hour in the suburbs. I photographed this project for @preconconstruction back when we could go outside. Remember what that was like?
#bluehour #architecture #exteriordesign #exteriorinspo #housebeautiful
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Site plans. With all of the beautiful homes I am lucky enough to photograph, I suppose it all starts inside one of these. Having taken a tech drawing class many years ago, I am sure I only catch a glimpse of the actual work involved. I usually only get to see the end product and know my clients put in a lot of time and sweat into making their projects a reality. So it’s my job to be there for them and let their work shine in the best light possible.
#architecturesketch #architectureanddesign #floorplans #archdesign #designweek
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I made a new video!
bengebo.com/juggling
During the 2020 quarantine, my friend Drew and I went out for a socially distanced bike ride. We stopped at a park where he taught me how to juggle. I am still awful, but he is unbelievable. I made this short and fun video of him as a thank you. All video, editing and music created by yours truly!
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The trickiest part was trying to sync up the music to the video. I ended up matching the beat to Drew’s hand movements and then cut the video to match the audio transitions. This was my first time ever making something like this and I couldn’t be more inspired to create more. Send me a message and let me know what you think I should film next! Maybe you?
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If you’d like to hear more songs like this, check out my side music project Fractaloba. fractaloba.bandcamp.com
✌🏽 #juggle #juggling #learntojuggle #quarantine #sunnyday🌞
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A beautifully designed house and a delightful, quiet backyard I photographed for architects @hiselflynn. I used four strobes with umbrellas and a light form panel to blast “daylight” inside the rooms.
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We had a fifteen minute time window to match the natural light and the strobe power. I spent the first hour getting the six vantage points ready so I could just jump into each spot to shoot when the time was right.
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I generally prefer to take pictures at the crack of dawn. That way we have the rest of the day to shoot once the time sensitive shots are done. Dusk shots can be glorious, but once that light is gone, it’s gone.
#backyarddesign #exteriordesign #backyardgardening #exteriordesign #arlingtonma
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Details in a modern and hip home I shot for architects @hiselflynn. This house was in disrepair and they brought it back to life from top to bottom. This is an impromptu vignette I captured in the living room.
#livingroomdesign #shelves #walldesign #architecturedetail #somervillearchitecture
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Here is another photo I captured inside the offices of @enviroatwork. It was fun collaborating with their ultra friendly and creative team. Their work space is all kinds of feng shui with cooler tones.
#officespace #officedesign #officeinteriors #officeinspiration #officeinterior
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For fun, here’s another abstract office scene. This one I shot for @enviroatwork at their home base in Boston. It was a day of capturing the life of the employees in meetings, at their desks and and their “environments at work”.
#officedesign #abstractlovers #officeinteriors #minimalistart #officebuilding
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Fun assignment shooting abstract shapes of ultra modern lighting fixtures.
#lightingdesign #lightingdesigner #lightingideas #lighting_design #modernlighting
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This is what an organic quinoa farm looks like. Photographed circa ‘15 when I was in Peru for a month. Thanks to @gmwll for being my translator and fixer for this fun photojournalism project. Fun fact: Quinoa leaves are the most nutrient dense on the planet, yet very few people eat them.
#quinoa #farmingphotos #farm365 #peru🇵🇪 #eatquinoa
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Sunday.
#motionmakesaction #treestuff #quarandream #spring2020 #april2020
https://bengebo.com
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The smooth curves of a wooden chair can satisfy my soul. Captured for interior designer @mandarina_studio_.
#chair #chairdesign #interiordecoration #diningroomdecor #diningroomdesign
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Throwback to the last time I was in New York. I was a born street photographer, but fell in love with shooting spaces. I believe there is a healthy overlap in that photography venn diagram. The trees spoke to me, as they do if I listen closely enough, and I wanted to capture them in a way they haven’t been before. I find if I shoot the mundane or usual enough times I can find a way to make it unique. Stay safe.
#tree #panoramacity #panorama #newyork_ig #newyorkart
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Remember these? They’re called restaurants and bars. Places people would go there to eat, drink, socialize and be merry. When do you think will be the next time humans go to them without a worry? I don’t know either. But it will happen!
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Postponed photo shoots have me going through my archives from the last two years to revisit some fun jobs I’ve had. I was fortunate to have a very busy few years with little time to reflect on the collaborations and fun moments taking photographs. Here is one interior shot for a very friendly and talented restaurant designer @studioeightllc taken in the South End in Boston. Thanks for the assignment, a stunning restaurant with just as good food!
#restaurantdesign #restaurantfurniture #haveadrink #lightingdesign #restaurant
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Portrait for the Independent Film Fest of Boston. Shot in the tiniest of office rooms in a film studio in East Boston. We were shooting six portraits quickly, so I made the lighting simple. One beauty dish with a diffuser, a white foam core panel for reflection, a black sheet and a 105mm portrait lens tethered to my laptop. All of these portraits were displayed before each of the films were premiered at the festival. It felt good having thousands of film goers see my work on the big screen back when the fest happened. Thanks to the great @jodivautrin for brining me in on this super fun project!
#bostonphotographer #bostonusa #bostonphotography #bostonportrait #portrait_planet
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Any bathroom with a slightly mod look, brick, plants and bright window light makes me swoon. 😍 And those Edison bulbs? Come on. Gorgeous design work and such a great vibe. Small spaces are tough to shoot, but here I had my work cut out for me. While we’re here, don’t forget to wash your hands.
#bathroom #bathroomdesign #bathtub #bathroominspo #bathroominspiration
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I am a porch man. Also a front door man. And a lamp man. And a coffee table man. Photographed for @kachmardesign back when life was green. It will be warm and green again as sure as the sun rises. If you find here and now intolerable, there are three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
#cambridge #frontdoor #porch #porchlife #yellowdoor
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Looking forward to when our closed social circles becomes open communal spirals.
#zen #meditate #inthistogether #circle #quarantine
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In my mind I’m here. There is a collective humanity software update happening right now. We were ignoring the notification over and over again, so it restart itself. We are electrical beings like our phones and laptops. This is not happening to us, it’s happening for us so we can grow. It’s gifting us this moment to pause, be still, breathe, reflect, focus inward and ascend consciously together. Medicine doesn’t ever taste good. Much is beyond our control, so tend to the parts of the garden you can touch. Remind yourself of that as we continue this upgrade together. Bright light, dark shadow.
#quarantinedream #softwareupdate #wellgetthroughthis #together #humanity
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Thankfully, I have friends who don’t need social distancing. Stay safe out there.
#covid_19 #coronavirus #quarantine #boston #coronavírus
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I appreciate the agreement this fence has with the tree. Captured for Brown Fenollosa Architects.
#cambridgema #cambridge #fence #fencedesign #fenceinstallation
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The new One Dalton building I photographed for @gensler_design. It is New England’s tallest residential building. Pretty far out, or up in this [email protected]
#bostonarchitecture #onedalton #boston #bostonphotographer #luxuryboston
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“If the environment were a bank it would have been saved by now.” -Bernie Sanders🔸There were 10,000+ strong in the cold today here at the Boston Common. We are just three days away from super Tuesday. Do your duty and vote! ✌️ 🗳
#justicedemocrats #berniesanders #bernie #bernie2020 #berniesanders2020
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Portrait session for Harvard. Keeping it simple! This is a two light setup in a concrete basement. Once the composition and lighting is right, then it’s time to break down any walls of fear with my subjects. Focusing on getting the one right expression, the decisive moment. #harvardsquare #harvarduniversity #harvard #portrait_today #portrait_page ...

All at once Summer collapsed into Fall. Throwback to a few weeks ago on 8/24 when I went camping in a special secret hideaway in Allegheny National Forest. It was voted the second best campsite in the state! We had beach front campfires and enough space to throw a mini-Burn.
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As Summer winds down September rolls on. I have spent more time outdoors this season than any year I can remember. Not having FOMO, tending to the parts of the garden I can touch and spending time with a closer knit group of people, it has allowed me to do what I feel most comfortable doing. Acting like my 9 year old self and having fun with nature with no worries on my back. I will still be leaning hard into outdoor life well into our first snowfall. 🤙🏽
#startrails #nightskyphotography #alleghenynationalforest #beachatnight #campinglife #camplife #nightsky
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Taken one year ago today, 8/28/2019. Since my annual pilgrimage has been canceled, I have reimagined the journey with long adventures that rival the physical, mental and spiritual growth I gain when attending Burning Man.
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I am currently still on these adventures and feeling such deep flow and gratitude. The bicycle is tuned, route mostly planned and I’m ready. Hills, rail trails, fire, sweat, endorphins, sunshine, deep thought, big meals, farm lands and time to be. May I be alive to see the end of the world. 🤙🏽
#burningman #burningman2020
#burningman #temple #brc #burningmanphotos #playa #dusk
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The view from my shooting location for one of the biggest and most fun projects of my career. Looking forward to sharing the final shots I captured for @gensler_design of @fsbostondalton in Boston. Big thanks to @roleekumar for making it all come together and @christina.cobb for being my lighting and digital tech guru. Just need to finish editing! Our city does look pretty from far above, doesn’t it?
#onedalton #onedaltonboston #onedaltontower #boston #bostonfromabove #cityscapephotography #backbay
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The stunning new ISEC building I photographed and shot a video for. We interviewed a bunch of super talented people for this and ended up with a short video. To see and learn more about what went into designing this building, visit youtube.com/bengebo
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The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex Designed by Payette for Northeastern University
Completed in April 2017.
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I interviewed Kevin Sullivan, FAIA President and CEO, Payette, Robert Schaeffner FAIA Principal, Payette, Paul Pettigrew AIA Founder, Architect + Products in Space Director, Undergraduate and Urban Outreach, MIT, and Kathy Spiegelman Chief of Campus Planning and Development Northeastern University. Thanks to the BSA @bsaspace for having me on board for this fun a project! 🙏🏽
#isec #northeastern #payette #architecture #architectureboston #boston #bostonarchitecture #labspace #interior #architecturefirm
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The perfect view while drifting to sleep. I shot this from my campfire a week before 2019 Burning Man. I had a week of hiking, swimming and camping alone before I headed to the desert. It was a nourishing time of post-aya reflections and setting my pre-burn intentions. The stillness before the beautiful chaos.
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This whole area is stunning. Next time you’re thinking about adventuring Yosemite, consider the less traveled, more tranquil and just as beautiful Mono Lake/June Lake area. A was visited from a bear on this night, so be careful. A big thanks to @greeniceandham and @tessrud for providing me with everything I needed to navigate these gorgeous and sacred lands. 🤙🏽
#leevining #monolake #junelake #campinglife #nightsky #starrysky #starry #greatoutdoors #nightscape
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Three generations. Kenneth, David and Abigail Gebo. After renting an RV and driving down to Florida to visit my father, I couldn’t explain how important it was for me to watch my newborn niece meet my dad. When their eyes first locked it felt like a loop was closed, a torch has been passed and the breath of a new generation was finally visible. In a way, it was a sigh of relief. I am proud of my brother Ken, his wife Whitney, their newborn Abby and my father for all creating life out of love.
#firstmeeting #newborn #newbornphotoshoot #newbornbaby #babyphotography #threegenerations #newgeneration
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In addition to shooting interior photos, I also provide props from my personal collection and style the scenes too. Here is a book by @annieleibovitz that helped shift my perspective on professional photography. Even if you have no interest in taking pictures there is a wealth of life wisdom dispensed by one of the greats.
#interiordesign #interiorvignette #interiorstyling #livingroomideas #livingroomstyle #livingroominspiration
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Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything gets accomplished. I spend time with plants to allow my soul to match the harmony of where we come from. Do the unexpected.
#nature #tentcamping #vermont #camping #sibleytent #followplantsnotgurus #fungi
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I did a three day shoot for @lingerhome a few months ago and thought it would be fun to step in as a model! This was during the last series of photos on the final day of shooting. At this point is when the crews I work with can start getting goofy and experimental. I was feeling happy to be both behind and in front of the camera, which is a rare occurrence for people who know me. It’s good to get a new, updated picture of yourself, especially when you get the lighting to look great. Thanks to LH for making all the pieces come together and to @jasonostevens for offering his help for the location and for this snap!
#selfportrait #photographerportrait #photographersofinstagram #photographerlife #lifestylephotographer #onthebed #lifestyle #makeportraits
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I don’t just photograph people! When I was capturing team portraits for @renovisohome a little while back, one of their office dogs was curious to see what was happening. When he just walked up and planted himself in the chair in between portraits, it was only obvious that I needed to shoot his portrait too! It’s not often I can get children or pets to look directly in the camera. Photography is as much about the decisive moment as it is about planning, lighting and composition.
#dogs #instadog #dogsoninstagram #dogportrait #dogportraits #doggygram #dogloversofinstagram #dog #dogs_of_instagram
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“We've forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that's the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.” - Cornel West
#blackouttuesday #blackoutday2020
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Time for some Massachusetts history. This is an abandoned roller coaster at Lincoln Park. I went here kid until it closed in the late 80’s. It was eventually torn down in 2012. The most popular ride was the "Monster Ride," where diabolical creatures were plotting your demise from beyond the railways. It featured two paper maché monsters overlooking your entry from the second floor balcony. It has appeared in several newspaper articles. Lincoln Park used to be known as "Midway Park" or "Westport Park" until a new name was chosen in a lottery.
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In 1987 it had a series of accidents which led to its closing. Four months later on September 29, the braking system on the roller coaster failed, causing one of the cars to jackknife. Although no one was injured, this was the final ride of the coaster. The jack-knifed car remained stuck on the roller coaster track well into the 1990s, until vandals tore it off.
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The 42-acre site is currently being considered for a 252-unit housing project. It’s funny how quickly the earth overtakes human-made structures like this one. Captured with an old Nikon D200 at a five minute shutter speed. Rest in pieces, you ol’ hunk of junk.
#abandonedplaces #abandonedafterdark #rollercoasterride #abandonedworld #decay_explorers #urbanexplorers #abandonedthemepark #dartmouthma
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Throwback to August when I discovered my new quiet place in Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra mountains. I captured this photo on my way to June Lake. Then after that, Burning Man. I was feeling tranquil as I was blasting @kinggizzard in my rented Dodge Charger. After this portion of the trip was completed, I went from nothing but nature, myself and my thoughts to the dust, everyone, and the collective effervescence. It might have been the most epic journey I’ve ever had in my home country. I only have four more states to visit before I’ve explored all 50 in the U.S. Any idea which ones are left on my list? To read more about this fun, wild and weird adventure, visit bengebo.com/news. Cheers!
#yosemitevalley #mountainscape #treesofinstagram #ontheroadagain #californiaroadtrip
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At this point in the year I would have had all my Burning Man prep squared away. Tickets for the airplane, burner express bus and shipping container. My bicycle would be decked out and the tea camp layout would be set. Since the Burn isn’t happening this year, doing something just as memorable and soul healing is my goal. Whether it happens in New England, the desert or on the moon, Labor Day week will be magical. Thoughts on what I should do instead?
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After a day of delivering the mail, meeting brilliant people, holding enlightening conversations, I was given a pass to ride on an airplane anytime I want. I ended up catching the last plane ride of the Burn the following morning. On that flight I met a friendly passenger and new friend @cristina.ariso. Through our connection of zero G’s and some hours relating on philosophy and meaningful books post flight, we remain friends to this day. I’ve used experiences from Burning Man as experiences to apply to my real life to enhance it on all levels.
#burningman #skyphotography #fromairplane #burningman2019 #burningmanphotos
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All seeds grow in darkness. Think about how you’ll feel once we can hug again, have outdoor dinners with friends and new friends, and not be in fear of endangering others. I am thinking of these times as a cloak of darkness that we’ll eventually shed once our compassion and and ingenuity has worn it away. A seed of new growth. For now, I am tending to the parts of the garden I can touch. Who do we want to be when we rise from this? I don’t know yet, but you and I will be more appreciative and have new growth to show.
#dinnerwithfriends #sunsetdinner #dinnerplate #outdoordinner #sunsetphoto
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Looking up when I first visited Louisville many years ago. There was a crazy storm that took out the power of the entire city and sent a tree through the bedroom I was staying in. Those photos and the story of that close call will be for another time, however.
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I had a late night with the sirens going nonstop, so I decided to capture the sky with no light pollution. Everything was dark and eerie. It was strange being in a city having the ability to see stars. Kind of reminds me of what we’re dealing with now, right? This is a time for reflection, but also action. What artifacts will we be able to share with future generations when this time has passed?
#startrails #nightsky #stars #starrysky #nightphotography
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Throwback to when I traveled 8,000+ miles in a rental car with two friends for a cross country road trip. My goal was to captured two portraits a day for as long as we were on the road. I stopped this gentleman when we were headed to Mt. Dixie National Forest. It’s funny, out of the 70+ people I photographed only one person denied me. Once people saw my camera and realized I was honest and legit, they opened up and told me their whole story. Approach a stranger in earnest and you’ll be surprised what they’ll reveal. Damn. I can’t wait for another road trip for no reason.
#roadtrip #oldcar #racecars #ontheroad #travelon
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Blue hour in the suburbs. I photographed this project for @preconconstruction back when we could go outside. Remember what that was like?
#bluehour #architecture #exteriordesign #exteriorinspo #housebeautiful
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