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Street Scene

Street Performers July 4th, 2011

Lately I’ve been thinning out my photo library. I’m trying to do it objectively and just get rid of stuff it doesn’t make sense to keep. It feels good to tone down a bit and it’s been a good opportunity to bring some images out of the dark.

My appreciation for street photography has been growing this year. I love the energy out in the city and I’m always surprised at what a wonderful canvas the streets provide.

This was taken on July 4th of this year as I walked around downtown Nashville waiting for the fireworks to start. The fireworks were great and if you haven’t seen the Ken Kesey tribute video I made you can see it here.

Nashville was jumping with people and at the corner of Commerce and 2nd Avenue a dance team had a nice crowd going. They had a car battery with gator clips as a power supply and did some serious moves to the beat.

I snapped several shots of the dancers and the band between the bob and weave of the crowd. This is one of my favorites from the day.

Nashville Fireworks Psychedelic Dreamtime

Those of you who live in Nashville know that in the last several years the city has really stepped up its game in the fireworks department. The show is not to be missed if you can make it down. If, however, the thought of the crowd or the traffic keeps you at home, here’s a little peek at what went down.

I went with an idea in mind to video the entire show in bokeh, the product of a happy accident the night before at a fireworks show in Hendersonville, TN. Watching a fireworks show that has been recorded is always disappointing. I can’t really feel the show and I always know the colors just aren’t as vibrant as when I’m there.

This is my attempt to capture the dreamy feeling I always get when watching this sort of thing. I’ve watched this several times and I love how calming it is. Just like Monday night during the show, I can push out all the noise from my mind for a bit and just enjoy the light. I’m very happy with the result even with the limitation of my field of view that night.

If you were there this is a different look at what you’ve already seen. If you weren’t there, well, enjoy.

Catching Up

The Holidays
     We’re already more than a week into the New Year and while 2010 seemed to come and go much too quickly, 2011 doesn’t appear to be slowing down either. I’ve noticed a byproduct of increasing age is that time becomes a precious commodity there never seems to be enough of. The same amount of sand is in the old hourglass but I believe the hole in the middle gets larger each year. I’m not meaning to be morbid here, there’s still 24 hours in a day, I just realize now more than ever their worth. 
Ola amigo
     The holidays were great this year. I appreciate spending time with my family more and more these days and it’s an amazing experience to witness our newest members filling out the family tree. There were a few lean years with just us adults that were special in their own right, but nothing can compare to a house full of kids on Christmas. We had 3 running around and exploring with 3 more on the way for next year including a set of twins. Good stuff. 
Farm in Guthrie
     I also had the pleasure of spending my first Christmas with my girlfriend Melissa’s family in good old Guthrie, Kentucky. I was invited to one of their family traditions, Christmas breakfast (pronounced brack-fast) and not only was the food amazing, which it always is up there, but they were incredibly gracious hosts. They’re wonderful people and I’m enjoying the new relationships we’re building. 
     It’s good to be around for the new year and I have so much to share about the new things happening in 2011. It looks to be jam packed and I’m ready for it. I’ll be posting updates here and on Facebook about some of the new developments on the horizon that I don’t think you’ll want to miss. It’s going to be a good year.