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The Fighter

Last Monday, after I had secured my spot on the Woodland Street bridge and spread out the legs of my tripod, I sat back and watched people. Out of the crowd, I noticed this man in a suit walking towards me, smiling like we hadn’t seen each other in a long time.

It had been a long time. Around oh, say, never before.

I greeted him with a smile and said hello because I tend to do that with strangers, especially ones who I know are coming straight at me.

He said his name was Rosco and that he used to be a boxer. After we talked a while, I asked him if I could take his photograph and he said yes. Almost instinctually, he stepped back into what seemed a very comfortable pose.

If you look at his right hand you can see his pinky finger folded up under his other fingers. He told me he broke his hand and that ended his career. I believe it. The pinky on that hand lays almost sideways across his palm. Go ahead, look at your own. Ouch.

He told me about his rise in the boxing world and how he met Don King. He spoke of some family issues and of some legal troubles he went through. I told him about some rough spots in my past and that seemed to surprise him.

I told him about all the internal fighting I had done for most of my life. How it wasn’t worth it and didn’t pay off in the end and how those battles never produce a victor.

I think he understood what I was talking about. I hope so. I guess what really matters is that I understood what I was talking about.

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.

Bicentennial Mall

Bicentennial Mall
Bicentennial Mall and the Tennessee State Capitol

I took a photo walk with some friends Sunday evening down to Bicentennial Mall. It’s been unusually chilly in Nashville for the last couple of days. There was a slight drizzle that was going in and out and it was just kind of gloomy. At least the cicada song has been quieted a bit.