I purchased my condominium in Allston just over 20 years and I can't imagine living in any other part of Boston. Allston has a wonderfully diverse population and a remarkable selection of businesses that support its residents.
For this series of photographs, I chose a neighborhood boxing gym called Boston Boxing & Fitness. It epitomizes a number of the qualities I think make Allston a unique place to live. It is a non-assuming, local gym where men, women, and young athletes of all abilities come to workout. It is definitely not a dating bar health club.
The first time I visited the gym, I watched an instructor coaching a young boxer. Knowing how hard a boxing workout is, I realize that this is a place that pushes young athletes beyond what they think they are capable of. Boston Boxing &; Fitness is home to many local high school and college athletes who pour their hearts out on the field…but as they say on their website, their sweat and tears belong to us!
I started taking these photographs in June of 2009 and I am still shooting on a regular basis