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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.

Season Review: Major League Lacrosse

I spent the last season covering The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. Before the season, I had never covered a lacrosse game at any level, but it has become one of my favorite sports to shoot. The fast paced game mixed with the relaxed off-field atmosphere makes a lot of moments to capture. In addition, The Cannons play their home games at Harvard Stadium, a picturesque background for the intense games.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the season:

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons and Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons celebrate a goal during the game at Harvard Stadium on April 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons and Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons celebrate a goal during the game at Harvard Stadium on April 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach John Tucker of the Boston Cannons watches his team prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach John Tucker of the Boston Cannons watches his team prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Curtis Dickson #17 of the Denver Outlaws is hit by Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Curtis Dickson #17 of the Denver Outlaws is hit by Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ryan Boyle #14 of the Boston Cannons is seen in the rain during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ryan Boyle #14 of the Boston Cannons is seen in the rain during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons is seen following the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons is seen following the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A general view of the field with players warming up prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A general view of the field with players warming up prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jake Tripucka #7 of the Charlotte Hounds controls the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jake Tripucka #7 of the Charlotte Hounds controls the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Charlotte Hounds looks to pass the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Charlotte Hounds looks to pass the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons runs with the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons runs with the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Boston Cannons walks under the stands prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Boston Cannons walks under the stands prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jerry Ragonese #37 of the New York Lizards looses his stick while Craig Bunker #22 of the Boston Cannons and Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons surround him during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jerry Ragonese #37 of the New York Lizards looses his stick while Craig Bunker #22 of the Boston Cannons and Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons surround him during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

JoJo Marasco #1 of the New York Lizards falls to the ground after scoring the game winning goal in overtime during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

JoJo Marasco #1 of the New York Lizards falls to the ground after scoring the game winning goal in overtime during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Brendan Porter #3 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Brendan Porter #3 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons gets ready to take the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons gets ready to take the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons tales the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons takes the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kevin Buchanan #27 of the Boston Cannons false to the ground during the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kevin Buchanan #27 of the Boston Cannons falls to the ground during the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

John Galloway #15 of the Rochester Rattlers walks off the field following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

John Galloway #15 of the Rochester Rattlers walks off the field following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Miles Thompson #74 of the Rochester Rattlers takes a selfie with some young fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Miles Thompson #74 of the Rochester Rattlers takes a selfie with some young fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)ann

Israeli-Hamas Conflict Spills Over Into Boston – Part 2

This is the second blog post in a series. Part 3 will be released in the coming days.

You can read Part 1 of this series, here.

Following the first protest in front of the Israeli Consulate, I was assigned to shoot a group of pro-Israel students who were going to a hardware store to support the store’s choice to continue selling Sodastream, an Israeli company. The hardware store is often protested against by pro-Palestinians who believe that they should not sell the Israeli product.

The event escalated when police had to be called in to search for a man who assaulted a pro-Israel activist. Besides that, the event was actually rather uneventful, with just a handful of pro-Israel activists getting into a brief argument with the two Palestinian activists who came.

A group of pro-Israel activists, mainly made up of local students, counter protest a recent pro-Palestinian campaign to boycott a local store. The pro-Palestinian activists disagreed with the store's decision to sell Sodastream, an Israeli company. The pro-Israel group responded by purchasing a number of Sodastream products at Tags Hardwear on July 13, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Events escalated when a pro-Israel activist was assaulted, and police were called. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/The Times of Israel)

A group of pro-Israel activists, mainly made up of local students, counter protest a recent pro-Palestinian campaign to boycott a local store. The pro-Palestinian activists disagreed with the store’s decision to sell Sodastream, an Israeli company. The pro-Israel group responded by purchasing a number of Sodastream products at Tags Hardwear on July 13, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Events escalated when a pro-Israel activist was assaulted, and police were called. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/The Times of Israel)

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A few days later, I was called in to cover a pro-Israel rally on the Boston Common. Police estimated that about 1000 people attended on the pro-Israel side, and only one or two on the pro-Palestinian side:

A pro-Israel rally is held on the Boston Common on July 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/The Times of Israel)

A pro-Israel rally is held on the Boston Common on July 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/The Times of Israel)

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Even when I’m on assignment to shoot a certain event, I’m also aways looking for feature photos that could be used for other things, or that can be used to show the atmosphere outside of the event. As I was packing up to leave the rally, I noticed the bright mist of a large water fountain and snapped this:Pro-Israel Rally in Boston 07182014

As I cover more events, I will share the photos here on my blog. In the mean time, you can see more of what I cover by following me on Instagram.

This is the second blog post in a series. Part 3 will be released in the coming days.