Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Event Queen

I find myself shooting a lot of events lately. A wonderfully nerdaliscious science festival this past weekend, weddings here and there, a groundbreaking ceremony for a new theater, political stuff. It's good work and if I'm lucky, the people there are interesting and off-guard.

I guess what isn't an event, though, when you think about it?

(From the science festival...)

(From the previously mentioned theater opening, which was followed by a parade.)

A few nights ago Matt and I dusted off some actual film cameras and loaded them up with high-speed film from my 'fridge (which may be the only thing in my fridge that actually belongs to me), grabbed a tripod, and headed into Downtown Crossing for some night photography. I mostly concentrated on tops of buildings there, and dim sources of light from basement shops. I haven't developed the film yet, but once I do, I'm going to get back into the darkroom to print it. I can't wait. I need to work on something I can actually touch, and push myself away a little from keyboard commands and a backlit monitor.

Unfortunately this blog doesn't have much direction lately apart from posting a few recent photos and sharing rather mundane details of life. I haven't had much time for introspection, but even as I say that, it seems like a lame excuse. Because what's the point of sharing anything - of doing anything - if you're not doing it consciously and thoughtfully?

So I'm thinking of going in a new direction. Spending less time mindlessly throwing stuff up on the blog, and more time working on long-term photographic projects and professional endeavors, posting little vignettes that having nothing to do with my daily life, but depict something of interest to me. I'm just getting sick of reading my own stuff, and I need a change of venue.

One thing I did want to leave you with was images from the portrait party from way back when... the idea was to evoke some element of yourself from those days of school portraits. It was funny - Melissa did the school cafeteria thing where somebody's about to get in trouble and everybody goes, "Oooooohhhhhhhhhh....."

Meredith, who knows about these things because she is a teacher, did the obligatory eye roll:

...and then giggled:

Laura got a little overwhelmed by the hot lights:

Jamie and Marie managed to look both intimidatingly cool and mildly confused:

And Matt, well, Matt was in rather rare form that night anyway. He'd arrived from a post-game bar brawl with a guy twice his size, which is shocking as he is usually very gentle... anyway, he was feeling a little punk rock.


1 comment:

kls said...

Is that really Matt Dudek??