Needham Photographer Captures Every Municipal Hall In Mass.

Photo: Courtesy of Maury Ringel

NEEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Maury Ringel, a semi-retired attorney from Needham with a passion for photography, has used his camera lens to capture every city and town hall in Massachusetts.

Last year, Ringel began his "Project 351," an endeavor to travel around the state and photograph all 351 municipal halls in 351 days. He took more than 7,000 photos and drove more than 5,000 miles to complete the project.

"There were times when I’d get up in the morning and I would think, 'No, not another day on the road,'" Ringel told WBZ NewsRadio. Yet Ringel's determination kept him going, taking him all over the Commonwealth.

"It is amazing how much beautiful land and topography there is in the state," Ringel said.

Ringel finished the project this summer, which was not without a few memorable experiences. He was once chased by a donkey in the Berkshires, while a homeless man outside Quincy City Hall nearly burst into tears after Ringel called him Sir.

The photographer told WBZ that his favorite photo is of Springfield City Hall, with its massive columns and large clocktower.

"The lighting gives me a dramatic photo with a lot of contrast. The sky was deep blue with some white puffy clouds," said Ringel.

Ringel plans to turn the photos and his journey into a book.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@WBZSausville) reports.

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