What They Were Thinking

Look back through the work of Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld. Every Sunday he asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What they were thinking: Stretched out

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

innovation Economy

Kendall Square reached inflection point, passing from tech to biotech center

Biotech companies and investors are now finding they can’t afford not to have a presence in the neighborhood.

the discovery

‘Thinking Differently’ by David Flink

In his new book, “Thinking Differently,” Flink offers advice to parents trying to help their children understand how their brains work.

opinion | David Dabscheck

Silicon Valley needs more foxes

Despite lip service paid to innovation, large organizations habitually reward a hedgehog mindset.

What they were thinking: Jumping for joy

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking: Last-minute goal

Liverpool fan Ryan Leone, 9, of Millis, reacted with dismay following AS Roma’s last-minute goal to secure a 1-0 victory.

Tufts, Navy explore robotic technology

The project attempts to develop robots that can think for themselves while working.

What they were thinking: Knot a care in the world

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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Journeys into the autistic mind

To find out the what it’s like to be autistic there’s now a critical mass of books written by those on the spectrum.

What They Were Thinking: Rally time

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking: Time to soar

The subject of this week’s photo reveals his thoughts.

What They Were Thinking: Tom McDermott

“I’m thinking it’s a great morning to get a workout in.”

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A leap of faith

Leland McPhie, 100, was the oldest man to attempt a high jump at an indoor track meet.

What They Were Thinking: Reaching new heights

Chatham’s Amy Caporello, 25, is all smiles on her way down after climbing a 40-plus-foot wall at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville.

What They Were Thinking: Losing control

Arlington Catholic sophomore Lou Doherty, 16, loses control of a rebound during his team’s Division 3 North semifinal game against Stoneham at Malden High.

What They Were Thinking: Checking the paper

Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reads the Sunday Globe sports section while waiting to be photographed during Photo Day at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

What They Were Thinking: Pulling for a win

At the Laconia (N.H.) World Championship Sled Dog Derby, Nickel, Frisson, Thor, and Pride lead the way for musher Justin Fortier.

What They Were Thinking: Dashing to a win

Kata Solomon, 7, won the 200-meter dash at the Northeast Indoor Classic, held at the Reggie Lewis Center.

What They Were Thinking: Enjoying the air

Michele Benisti of Livorno, Tuscany, in Italy kitesurfs in the Caribbean Sea just before sunset.

What They Were Thinking: Quiet time at pool

A quiet Thursday at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa’s wave pool in Hyannis.

What They Were Thinking: Snowboarding in Canton

John Vieira of Brockton snowboards visited Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton.

What They Were Thinking: Breaking through

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount breaks away from Colts safety LaRon Landry on his way to a 73yard touchdown run.

What They Were Thinking: Circus tricks

Ethen Roberts and Andy Buckworth performed backflips at the Nitro Circus at TD Garden.

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A warrior dance on the beach

Ti Toa, a native of the Kingdom of Tonga, performed a Polynesian Fire Dance on the beach at the Marco Island (Fla.) Marriott Resort.

What They Were Thinking: Giving the hurdle a try

Patriots tight end Matt Mulligan tumbles as he tries to hurdle Browns cornerback Joe Haden after catching a Tom Brady pass.

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Enjoying a skate at the Frog Pond

Drew Conserva skated through the legs of William Forsling, both students at Wentworth Institute of Technology, at the Boston Common Frog Pond.

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Cheerleader gets some air

University of Kentucky cheerleader Lindsey Gatewood performed at Rupp Arena during the Wildcats’ 105-76 victory over Texas-Arlington.

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Daniel Paille streaks to the net

Daniel Paille streaks toward the net before beating Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback during the Bruins’ 3-0 victory.

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Trying to make a block for the Celtics

Kris Humphries went up strong to attempt to block a shot by the Utah Jazz’s Mike Harris during a game at TD Garden.

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David Ortiz makes his way to Marathon finish line

Ortiz ran down Boylston Street on his way to crossing the Marathon finish line during the Red Sox’ rolling rally.

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Jacoby Ellsbury on spraying champagne

The Red Sox outfielder reveals his thoughts as he sprayed celebratory champagne on fans.

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Stephen Drew makes a clutch catch

Drew made an over-the-shoulder catch to rob Detroit’s Prince Fielder during Game 1 of the ALCS.

Thinking Phone Networks secures $10m

Thinking Phone Networks, a Cambridge company that provides cloud-based communications services to corporate customers, announced a $10 million follow-on investment led by existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Advanced Technology Ventures. The company operates in a space called unified communications as a service, or UCaaS. Thinking Phone Networks provides outsourced or “cloud” communications application software to midsize and larger companies. Thinking Phone Networks’ software runs desktop phones as well as the increasing number of smartphones and tablet devices used by employees located in corporate offices, in home offices, and on the road. According to Thinking Phone Networks, its software greatly lowers communications costs and makes corporate customers more efficient and productive.

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Fan tries to elude flying bat in the stands

Mike Gronke tried to maintain control of his beer while eluding a bat after the Cubs’ Donnie Murphy lost his grip at Wrigley Field.

Be Well

Omega-3 fatty acids may not boost thinking

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may not help boost memory and thinking skills in women as they age, according to a new study which contradicts previous studies suggesting so. Researchers at the University of Iowa studied more than 2,000 women ages 65 to 80, who had blood tests taken at the start of the study to measure their omega-3 levels and were divided into two groups based on their level. Afterwards, they were given an annual exam for six years to test their memory, motor and thinking skills.

Be Well

Omega-3 fatty acids may not boost thinking

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may not help boost memory and thinking skills in women as they age, according to a new study.

What They Were Thinking

Santa Claus at Fenway’s ‘beard night’

Joe Bass of Dracut, Santa Claus for Fenway’s “beard night,” explains how he came up with his idea.

What They Were Thinking

Preventing a soccer breakaway

Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe explains how he saved a breakaway by Montreal Impact player Patrice Bernier.

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Jonny Gomes on the play that got away

Gomes describes his emotions of hustling hard down the line, only to be called out on a decision he believed was wrong.

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Catching a wave in Nantucket

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

What goes on behind the waterfall?

Ben Barlous, 17, visiting from Denmark, explores a cavern behind a waterfall on the Browns River in Jericho, Vt.

Quote of the Day: Chris Brown

“I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when i was 18. I’m cool & over it!” Chris Brown, who at 18 assaulted Rihanna, on Twitter, saying he’s thinking of quitting the music business

What They Were Thinking: Practicing at Disney

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Affogato to take a coffee lover’s breath away

It might seem counterintuitive to pour hot espresso over cold ice cream, but Italian cuisine is quirky that way. Affogato, the dish of ice cream covered with espresso, satisfies two cravings at once. Equally at home in cafes or gelato shops, affogato is as ubiquitous as it is beloved in Italy.In Boston, where we have the right mix of outstanding ice cream, an emerging coffee culture, and strong Italian identity, this summer treat is available all over town and is poised to develop a following. As for the origins of the dish, there seems to be no definitive first instance of somebody accidentally spilling coffee into ice cream, or a mad confectioner or barista creating it.

Affogato to take a coffee lover’s breath away

Affogato, the dish of ice cream covered with espresso, satisfies two cravings at once.

What They Were Thinking: A walkoff win

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

Ducks hold up baseball game

Two members of the Brockton Rox explain how they reacted when a family of Ducks brought their game to a halt.

What They Were Thinking

Ducks hold up baseball game

Two members of the Brockton Rox explain how they reacted when a family of Ducks brought their game to a halt.

GAME ON

In video games, what’s so fun about failure?

Failure is at the core of the video-game experience. But if we dislike failure and video games offer up heaping gobs of it, why are we so drawn to them?

What They Were Thinking

Nuns cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park

Some of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville tell us about their day watching the Red Sox.

What They Were Thinking

Nuns cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park

Some of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville tell us about their day watching the Red Sox.

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Explaining his fastball face

Grant Yost of the Northwoods League’s LaCrosse Loggers explains his thought process of his face as he was delivering a pitch.

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Crossing the dragon boat finish line

Zhao Wang explains her thoughs as she celebrated with her teammates on the Chinese Young Professionals after crossing the finish line at the 2013 Boston Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River.

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Sailing in heavy fog

The subject of a photograph rveals their inner thoughts

What They Were Thinking

Sailing in heavy fog

What’s it like to sail in heavy fog? We talked to some of the competitors in the Figawi race to find out.

What They Were Thinking

Getting shocked by the Electric Eel

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Senator Cowan urges BC Law grads to find balance between net worth, self-worth

Interim US Senator William “Mo” Cowan urged Boston College Law School graduates Friday to “find proper balance between your net worth and your self-worth.”Net worth “often seems to be the only measure that popular culture cares about,” Cowan told the 272 graduates and about 1,500 of their friends and family at the commencement inside Conte Forum. “We obsess over starting salaries, bonuses, raises, interest, and investments. But you won’t find too many blogs quantifying your self-worth, because your self-worth is the immeasurable return on one’s investment in pursuing a full life with true purpose, while making a difference in our world.”Cowan said he has not decided what he will do when his tenure in the Senate ends.

Cowan gives BC grads key to success

Interim US Senator William “Mo” Cowan urged Boston College Law School graduates to “find proper balance between your net worth and your self-worth.”

What they were thinking: Sailing without sight

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What they were thinking: Fighting it out

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

book review

‘Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking’ by Daniel Dennett

In his long career, philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett has made substantial contributions to — and stirred considerable controversy in — our thinking about human behavior and the very nature of the human mind.

book review

‘Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking’ by Daniel Dennett

“Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking’’ in some way serves as a summary statement of the Tufts professor’s thinking on key philosophical topics.

What They Were Thinking

Skateboard tricks near the Coliseum

A 16-year-old explains his thoughts as he performs skateboard tricks near Rome’s iconic monument.

What They Were Thinking

How the Red Sox put on the shift

What was happening when the Red Sox took on the Orioles with a nearly-empty left side of the infield?

Smart spending: Think inside the box — for samples

Once, businesses would hand out free samples in malls or throw them in with other purchases.Now, several businesses have sprouted up devoted to sending out a box of samples to customers once a month — and actually getting them to pay for it.While wine- or steak- of-the-month clubs have been around forever, the box of mystery treats is a relatively new form of subscription sales. It has caught on fast.Birchbox, one of the first such services and one of the biggest, offers five beauty product and makeup samples for women and men per month. It started in 2010 and now boasts 300,000 subscribers who pay $10 a month for the women’s box or $20 a month for the men’s box.

What They Were Thinking

Celebrating after a rugby game

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Opinion | Jennifer Graham

The power of pessimism

Forget positive thinking: At least two-thirds of Americans would benefit from a little less happiness, new data suggest.

What they were thinking: Catching some air

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

Psyching up in the locker room

Jen Schoullis of the Boston Blades details how she prepares for a game.

What they were thinking: Spring training sliding

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What they were thinking: David Ortiz in a race

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

BC players explain Beanpot euphoria

Members of the Eagles hockey team reveal what it felt like in the moments after winning their fourth straight Beanpot title.

What They Were Thinking: An Olympic hopeful

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

Deep in thought in competitive yoga

Jennifer Ziel, 16, explains what she was thinking during her competition at the New England Regional Yoga Asana Championship.

What They Were Thinking

Shane Vereen explains his TD catch

Patriots running back Shane Vereen explains what he thought as he made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch.

What They Were Thinking: Flipping for the Celtics

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

The subject of a photograph reveals their inner thoughts

What They Were Thinking: Going for a dip

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking: Paddling out

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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The subject of a photo reveals their inner thoughts,

What They Were Thinking: Out at home

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking: Setting up for winter

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What they were thinking

Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway collects tolls on the Mass. Pike.

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What They Were Thinking: Riding the waves

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

The subject of a photograph reveals his inner thoughts

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What They Were Thinking: Getting behind the plate

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking: Stretching out

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking: The Human Fuse

Brian Miser, who is launched from a self-made crossbow at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, explains what it’s like flying through the flame.

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What They Were Thinking: Rowing with a Patriot

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Thinking Phone Networks raises $16.5m in round led by ATV, Bessemer Venture Partners

Thinking Phone Networks, a Cambridge company that provides cloud-based communications services to corporate customers, announced a $16.5 million investment led by venture capital firms Advanced Technology Ventures, or ATV, and Bessemer Venture Partners. As a privately held company, Thinking Phone Networks does not disclose revenues, but it said that its revenues have doubled in each of the last three years. ATV has an office in Boston. Bessemer Venture Partners has an office in Cambridge.

What They Were Thinking

What They Were Thinking: A confusing call

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: A great catch

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

Pitcher explains pain from ball hit off face

Lowell Spinners lefthander Brian Johnson tells what it felt like when he took a line drive off his face during a game at Fenway Park.

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What They Were Thinking: Catching some air

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

What They Were Thinking: High fives for Pedro Ciriaco

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: Playing catch

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Flying into Fenway Park

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Kinn of the Navy parachuted into Fenway earlier this month and described the tricky maneuver to us.

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What They Were Thinking: Past and present

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Catching a home run

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Boston Tea Paddle

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Back from the DL

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Book Review

‘Living, Thinking, Looking’ by Siri Hustvedt

In her new essay collection, Hustvedt compulsively explores what she calls “the problem of the between.”

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What they were thinking: Diving for a pop fly

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

What they were thinking

What they were thinking: Best Buddies Challenge

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Sailboats converge after Figawi race

Denis Yannatos, aboard Calypso, and Captain John Hanson, aboard the ferry Nantucket, after the finish of the Figawi race.

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What they were thinking: Former Red Sox conduct Pops

Former Red Sox pitchers Luis Tiant and Jim Lonborg conducted the Boston Pops during Red Sox Night, part of the Pops City of Champions series.

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What they were thinking: Taking shots at WZLX producer

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Local rugby

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: Bill Buckner greets fans

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: Paddleboarding past pelicans

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: In the Big Apple Circus

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: Stiemsma blocks Pittman

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: Battle at the Bay boxers

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Panther mascot reacts

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What They Were Thinking

Each week Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of a photograph their inner thoughts

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What they were thinking: McDonald slides home

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: A runner in Webster

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What They Were Thinking: Taking flight

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: KG gives back

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Lakers forward Metta World Peace

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Saluting the Patriots

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot:

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What they were thinking: Stretching for the touchdown

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Playing hockey at Fenway

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Welcome to the NBA

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Skating on his own

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: Winter in Florida

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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What they were thinking: BC wide receiver

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.