I just got back from PPA which stands for Professional Photographers of America. They hosted a photo conference in New Orleans. Classes start at 7am and go all day into the evening. I get to be a student again taking notes like crazy hoping to remember and execute even a fraction of what I learn. Having the conference in New Orleans was a bonus so I stayed an extra couple days to explore. I loved walking around the French Quarters and stumbled upon a gem of a photo gallery; Agallery.com The owner, Josua Pailet bought images directly from photographers like Henri Cartier-bresson, Ansel Adams and Sebastiao Salgado. He spent a while answering my questions and educating me on how the world of art dealing works. I am grateful for his impromptu education. Other highlights were the Piano Bar at Pat Obrien’s, grilled drum fish at the French Market, a ride on the Trolley (Street Car they call it) and a visit to the Insectarium (yes..a museum about insects) It was a great trip.
Halloween was a blast. Every year I set up in front of Flying Squirrel kids clothing store to photograph all the kids in their adorable costumes The photos, all done on a black fabric don’t reflect the atmosphere around so I thought I would add a few to show how crazy it was there. You can see the before and after.
This weekend I photographed an amazing and diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts; part of OUTDOOR NATION who are trying to help people have more access and more fun in the outdoors. Whether it fixing up trials or educating about the benefits of being more connected to nature, this active bunch led by Chris Fanning had lots to say and do over the weekend. Besides meeting and deciding on where best to spend grant money, they pitched their tents in Central Park and Floyd Bennet Park. It was fun time for all,some of them first time ever campers. Some notable speakers were Aria Finger from DoSomething.org
For years, Felicia Young who started Earth Celebrations has been working to promote awareness to climate change, toxic waste, recycling, and the preservation of nature, parks, gardens, and a healthy urban environment. I have photographed many events for her in the past. This year she organized the amazing Hudson River Pageant. The costumes and rituals were amazing. see more photos on Facebook
Fundraisers are not the most interesting event to photograph yet they make the most difference so I am happy to be at them. It is a good feeling to be around so many generous people giving hundreds and thousands of dollars to help those in need. This event was for the Episcopal Social Services. They serve high-need communities in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn; providing foster care, adoption, health care and day care to thousands of children.
Tin Pan is this incredible band that in its purest sense, wants to make you smile. Their joy is when people of any age, from any part of the globe give their full attention for even just a moment to listen to all they have to offer. And offer they do…they make up songs on the spot about unsuspecting yet in suspense audience members. They get groups to shake and shout and toast about and they tell stories on stage that make you wonder if they are talking about you or not. They keep you on the edge of your seat and make you want to sing, or dance..even if you don’t. They are front and center kind of guys; a mix of jazz, blues, country, rock and their own twist at any moment. Here are some pics from the fancy and ever so famous venue Joe’s pub where they had a double CD release party. You can purchase Underdogs and Thundercats at CD baby and The Home Bartenders Song at CD baby too.