Tufts University medical student Teron Nezwek’s Instagram feed, @teron.nezwek, mixes settings and moods, but the one commonality is that each image captures a brief second of everyday Boston hustle. Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments like the golden hour’s sunlit reflection on buildings downtown or a father helping his young daughter climb down a flight of stairs are part of what characterize this 24-year-old Florida native’s style.
Q. What do you look for when you’re taking a photograph?
A. I kind of like to just watch the scene for a couple minutes and analzye what I want in the shot before I actually bring the viewfinder up to my eye. When I go to some of the more popular places in Boston, I like to think of the strategy of how I can capture that moment with my own interpretation and hopefully as something the audience has never seen before.
Q. What kind of photos do you like to take?
A. When I’m traveling, I like to shoot landscapes. But when I’m in the city, I like to do cityscapes. Recently, I like to have some kind of bystander or stranger in the picture as a model, without even knowing that they’re modeling for my picture.
Q. You traveled to Iceland and photographed the Northern Lights this spring. What was that like?
A. I had always known that I wanted to go chase the Northern Lights. For my spring recess from school, my family and I booked our tickets, rented a car, and took a six-day trip to complete the Ring Road loop around the island. To photograph the lights, the forecast had to be clear and there had to be high aurora borealis activity, which happened two of the nights we were there. They only lasted for about five minutes, like independent dances across the sky. I shot with my focus to infinity to capture the stars, with around a 10- to 15-second exposure to capture the light. The funny thing is I didn’t have my tripod at the time, so I had to balance my camera on top of my sister’s textbooks.
Q. Where do you see your photography taking you in the future?
A. I think it’s always important to have one hobby that keeps you creative and stimulates those neurosynapses. Ninety-five percent of my week is studying, so in my free time I like to walk around the city and keep my eyes up and looking in front of me. I definitely want to keep photography as something to keep me balanced with life and possibly incorporate it into a career in global surgery. It would really be a dream of mine to be able to go serve in developing nations and document some of the work using my photography.Interview was edited and condensed. Kaitlyn Locke can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @ke_locke.