Monday, August 17, 2009

newborn portraits

This week was filled with activity, and I am buzzing with energy and creativity. There are projects in the works, new opportunities being presented, and what is most important, is that I am swimming in it all: graciously swimming, with smooth backstrokes, not the attempted butterfly strokes of the 'trying to make the high school swim team' days.

Despite the heat of Upstate NY, I am feeling cool, calm, and for the most part, collected. I guess I could feel overwhelmed with each event that I fill my calendar boxes up with, but really, the excitement of keeping busy with art and photography outweighs the onsent of a panic attack.

What I have been up to: I photographed a newborn for the first time which was an incredibly interesting experience. At only two weeks old, I could swear this baby is going to be the next Kate Moss. Also on my agenda has been weddings, bands, and journalistic work that I will be trying to incorporate into my upcoming art opening on the tentative date of September 25th, 2009.

Stay tuned for round two of photographic connection with Will Dailey and The Rivals: I will be at their August 28th show in The Bowery Ballroom and for more information about my collaborative "trying to break through the noise by creating more" art show that will incorporate several art forms including: painting, photography, video art, and music - to be held at 201 Dey St, Ithaca NY, above Hickey's Music Store. And in the mean time, you can take a look at the beautiful baby I had the pleasure of capturing.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

will dailey and the rivals

On Tuesday, July 28th, I walked into the Mercury Lounge of the big N to the Y to the C: after a day of New Jersey rain storms, flash floods and anxiety attacks, I have to say that I didn't know what to expect out of the concert that my friend had convinced me to go to. When we first arrived at the Lounge, and the doorman had an earphone plugged into one ear and a cell phone held firmly to the other, wearing a puss face all the while, I thought: this isn't looking good. Not the warmest of welcomes.

But with a few footsteps past the front entrance, the face of Will Dailey lit up the place, and I knew it would be a great night. His strapping good looks aside, the guy is real and authentic. He's got the face of Peter Sarsgaard and Orlando Bloom melded together, and the heart and soul of a true musician. The heart and soul is what stands out the most.

I didn't plan on being in photographer mode all night, but when Will and the Rivals started up, it was like I couldn't be anything else. The expression leaping off of Mr. Dailey's face and the colors pouring out of the voices and instruments, was something too visually stimulating to resist. I was basically crouched on a bench the entire performance, just shooting one photograph after the other. Uncomfortable positioning had no effect on me: this music was emotional, lively, captivating and most importantly, artistic.

After the performance, as I had silently predicted (because of how intrinsically cool the entire band already seemed), Will Dailey and The Rivals came out to the bar area and mingled. I don't know if it was the Vater dums being marked "Darth" Vater with the implemented tools of marker and tape, or getting to chat with one of the band members for a hearty fifteen minutes, or if it was the overall performance being so engaging: I don't know what it was that made this musician and band so refreshing but refreshing they were.

Nice guys, great music, and no, the overall cuteness of them didn't hurt one bit. Quality stuff, or as they might say in Dailey's neck of the woods: wicked. Truly wicked.

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