Each year, the staff of Tufts Photo takes thousands of photographs on all three campuses—and sometimes very far off campus as well—for a variety of university clients. Some clearly stand out.
As we begin a new year, we asked the photographers to choose their favorites from 2011—and tell us why. Below is a small selection, ranging from sports to dance and many things in between.
To see more of the year’s photos, go to the Tufts Now homepage, and click on the “Photos” tab in the middle of the page. Also be sure to check out the Spotlight photo on Tufts Now, which is shot by Tufts Photo as well.
“Meeting and photographing dolphins may have been the highlight of 2011 for me. Being a dolphin trainer in San Diego might be an even cooler job than working as a photographer! It’s almost cliché, but it is amazing to see first-hand how gentle, intelligent and curious these powerful creatures are.”—Alonso Nichols (See more images accompanying the story “Learning from Flipper.”)
Icy Conditions Ahead
“These icicles on Goddard Chapel caught my attention, glistening in the afternoon light, as I searched for fresh, wintery images for our archives. The sun came out the day after a blizzard left more than a foot of snow, creating rare conditions—for New England, anyways—to capture fresh, white snow with a clear, blue sky. Since I’m regularly making pictures of the buildings on campus, I was determined to find a new angle, a closer angle than the view from the shoveled pathway, to showcase the icicles on this iconic Tufts building. The snow was nearly up to my waist in this spot, so the snow boots I had on were practically useless, but I trekked through it anyway.”—Emily Zilm
“The students in the mountaineering club lucked out during one of their classes and got a brief spell of nice weather toward the end of the winter. They took full advantage of it, heading to places I sure wouldn’t have gone. Daniel here is about 15 to 20 feet up, which let me frame him nicely amid the canopy for a picture.”—Kelvin Ma
A Father-Daughter Moment
“A moment like this is often difficult to find amid the large crowd at Commencement. It mostly depends on being in the right place at the right time. As I strolled among graduates with their families and friends, I noticed Julia and her father in a long embrace. I shot a few so-so frames, but I couldn’t see their faces, so I decided to wait just a little longer to see if I could get a stronger image. As I was about to walk away, they finally parted slightly, and I was able to capture this father-daughter moment.”—Emily Zilm
Welcome to the Military
“For a lot of freshmen, coming to college represents a big change. But for Vadim, a California guy with a shaggy mop-top haircut, transition was never more apparent than when he walked into the ROTC offices to get sworn into the Navy. The officers were downright giddy to see the buzz cut happen, and despite his words to the contrary, I think Vadim was, too.”—Kelvin Ma
Eye on Art
“This is the mural’s third iteration in this location, and I was the third Tufts photographer tasked with documenting it. The challenge was to use the same materials to make something new. Working through this blazingly hot day, it was completed just before Hurricane Irene blew into town.”—Kelly Benvenuto
A Quick Look
“There had been a long run-up to inauguration, but the time had come. The tent was buzzing with the conversation of the 1,300 or so assembled guests. Standing near the very back, I noticed the youngest Monaco son in the first row, eager to catch a glimpse of his father. I shot this one frame, and then the gap in the crowd closed, and he returned to his seat.”—Kelly Benvenuto
“They say that bad weather makes for good pictures. This morning, the temperature began to drop, and the wind began to beat the usually calm Charles River into waves of white caps. I found a position at the tip of the turn facing directly into the wind. As the Jumbos approached the turn, I noticed that they and the other sailboats were going to have a tough time avoiding a collision as the wind drove them together. Massimo and Charlie made it safely, holding in to their position, but the pair from Brandeis capsized at the same point, about a minute after this frame was made.”—Alonso Nichols
“I’ve made a few frames like this before—Orchowski makes pretty good pictures when he drives to the hoop. This time around, I got a little help from the Regis coach in the background. A Tufts win would have been nice, though.”—Kelvin Ma
“When I saw the daggers, I knew that this particular piece would be a bit more intense than the usual happy dancing and singing performers in the Distler Performance Hall. These dancers were now challenging me and the others in the audience to recognize their strength and power. I’m thankful to say that I made it out of there safe and sound.”—Alonso Nichols