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2015 Women’s Ice Hockey Beanpot

Hockey is always one of my favorite sports to shoot. While the men’s players in college are trying to show off for NHL scouts, the women’s players seem to play even harder as they vie for a spot on their country’s Olympic team. On this ice for this year’s women’s Beanpot finals between Boston College and Harvard were an number of Olympians. Harvard ended up winning, handing BC it’s first loss of the season.

Harvard Women's Hockey plays against Boston College in the 2015 Women's Hockey Beanpot Finals at The Bright Center on February 10, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard University)

Harvard Women’s Hockey plays against Boston College in the 2015 Women’s Hockey Beanpot Finals at The Bright Center on February 10, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard University)

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From The Depths: Dialogue and Portraits

Much of my work for various clients focuses around historic aspects of Judaism. It’s almost impossible to talk about the history of the Jews without mentioning the Holocaust.

I recently covered, and continue to cover the projects of an organization called “From The Depths,” which is based in Warsaw, Poland. Jonny Daniels, the founder and head of the non-profit recently visited Boston to speak at some local universities, including Harvard, Emerson, and Clark. I had the pleasure of photographing his discussion at Boston University, where he spoke to local young professionals and students. He also showed some artifacts found in and around Poland:

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of "From The Depths," speaks at Boston University Hillel on December 2, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of “From The Depths,” speaks at Boston University Hillel on December 2, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

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A few days later, we shot some portraits of Jonny for various publications. When thinking about a location to shoot, we realized that The New England Holocaust Memorial would be a powerful backdrop. The last time I was on assignment in that area, a rainbow appeared over the iconic memorial:

A rainbow appears over The New England Holocaust Memorial following the "Rally in Solidarity with Israel" at City Hall Plaza on August 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A rainbow appears over The New England Holocaust Memorial following the “Rally in Solidarity with Israel” at City Hall Plaza on August 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

So we went down to the memorial and shot a combination of general portraits with clean backgrounds, as well as environmental portraits due to the importance of the location:

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of From the Depths poses for a portrait at The New England Holocaust Memorial on December 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jonny Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of From the Depths poses for a portrait at The New England Holocaust Memorial on December 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

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We capped off the day by photographing some of the artifacts that Jonny brought to Boston, including dreidels, patches, and soap:

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Thanks to Jonny for being such a great subject and making this all happen! I’m looking forward to traveling to Poland in 2015 to cover more of the important programs that From The Depths puts on.

The Game: Harvard vs. Yale

Some rivalries in sports are so historic that the locals simply refer to the matchup as “The Game.” The annual Harvard/Yale football game is the original example of this. The Game has been played annually since 1875.

For this iteration, The Game was held at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The Crimson came in undefeated, and Yale had only one loss. The winner would be crowned the champion of The Ivy League. In addition, The Game hosted ESPN’s College Gameday, adding pressure to the players on both teams.

This year, I was tasked with spending the whole day shooting the pageantry and atmosphere that surrounded the matchup for Harvard University. For the 12:30 PM kickoff, I arrived at the stadium at 5:30 AM in order to shoot the setup for College Gameday, as well as to capture the sunrise over the historic Harvard Stadium.

The sun rises prior to "The Game," the yearly college football matchup between Harvard and Yale at Harvard Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard University)

The sun rises prior to “The Game,” the yearly college football matchup between Harvard and Yale at Harvard Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard University)

College Gameday is known for having fans with witty signs in the background of the set. As the fans began to arrive around 7 AM, I looked around for some of the best pro-Harvard (and anti-Yale) posters, as well as just general photos of Harvard fans:

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Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014After a long morning, the game was finally about to begin. I spent some time shooting the action on the field before the game:

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Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014As time expired, the fans rushed the field to mob the players:

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Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014After escaping the fans, the players went to their locker room for a private trophy ceremony and celebrations:

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Thanks to Harvard University Athletics for allowing me to shoot this great assignment, and for the incredible access they afforded me! More of my photos, as well as photos from Harvard’s other photographers can be seen on their website, here: http://gocrimson.com/sports/fball/2014-15/photos/0020/index