As an aspiring visual journalist, I consult notable photo blogs created by major news outlets (The New York Times, The Los Angeles TImes) to get inspiration for my photography and video. Such blogs often feature daily, weekly or monthly listicles that present the best photos taken during that period of time. These listicles provide an excellent way to expose new reporters to a variety of photography styles from a variety of talented photojournalists.
While scrolling through one of these listicles on “The Big Picture,” the Boston Globe’s photo blog, I came across Sean Proctor, a photojournalist for the Boston Globe who has also shot for Midland Daily News and Central Michigan Life. Though compositionally his photos were simple – a beach landscape, a violinist in a window – they captured the essence of the moment, which in turn, conveyed a successful story. Exactly what a journalist is supposed to do.
Most of Sean Proctor’s assignments for the Boston Globe deal primarily with the metro area, but he still manages to take photos that are creative and visually compelling. Especially for the budding photog, viewing work by slightly obscure photojournalists is more valuable then viewing work from ones that are known in the field – the assignments given to those like Sean Proctor will probably be similar to the assignments given to a new photographer i.e. “Go out in the frigid weather and shoot the snow” rather than, “We’re sending you to Sicily for a fluffy travel piece, where the photos basically take themselves.” Riveting stuff, but necessary to telling the story of the local area, which in Proctor’s case, is icy cold Boston.
Proctor is extremely accessible online – he has a website, a Tumblr, a Blogspot, a Twitter, an Instagram, and a Facebook page – all of which he participates in heavily. His following on Instagram far exceeds 1,000 and he has almost 500 followers on Twitter. Many of his tweets link directly to his Instagram and Tumblr accounts, each displaying both tasteful personal and professional work.