Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CDP Theme Day: Upside Down. Sort Of.

Okay, this is a stretch. Look, um, carefully at the center of the picture. A few of our colleagues have complained that this month's theme was tough. Had to scrounge up what I could from the Pridefest Parade photos that I'm editing. 

View the disoriented images for this theme day of all City Daily Photo members here.          

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let's Ease Into This

Proud Eagle 1

I spent hours on Sunday shooting the Pride Parade, the most colorful photo op of the year in The Lou. The mood was exceptionally exuberant in light of last week's Supreme Court decision. There were some people who were really out there.

Easier to get into this gradually. Someone was standing on the sidelines holding the world's calmest raptor on one of those big leather gloves. Of course, it is an American symbol of freedom.

By the way, note the bird's eye in the second photo. Does anyone know if they have some kind of odd ocular membrane?                        

Proud Eagle 2

Proud Eagle 3

Monday, June 29, 2015

Creepy Or Enigmatic

Creepy Basement Players

A few more shots from The Fringe. The Creepy Basement Players, above, are a brilliant local improv group. They were kind enough to let me photograph them after last year's Fringe performance.

Below, a scene from The Mind Shaft, one of three short plays called Existentially Speaking  written by local author Patricia Duffin (who, I just found out when I looked at her Facebook page, works for an old friend of mine). Two workers descend on an elevator deep into the earth, not quite sure what they are looking for or why they are looking for it.

Bottom, one of the several sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle you can find around STL.

I spent hours shooting at the Pride Parade yesterday. If all goes according to plan, I'll spend most of Friday on the island where I was born. Overwhelming amounts of material.

Violent storms around the area as I write this Sunday night. Tornado warnings come and go. There are reports of hail with 1 inch/25 mm or more diameter just to the north of my home. So hi from summer in the Midwest.
My Best Enemy Productions

Fringe Central Station

Sunday, June 28, 2015

St. Louis Fringe: Didgeridoo In The Dark

Digeridoo In The Dark 1

The St. Louis Fringe was on last weekend and this. What with my whirlwind life and pseudo blogging break, I was only able to go yesterday. Caught five performances.

This is Michael Hagmeier, a virtuoso of the didgeridoo. His performance was called Didgeridoo In The Dark and that's just what it was, a forty-five minute improvisation in a black box theater with the lights out. I imagined my self sitting at the foot of Uluru on a moonless night, absorbed in dreamtime.                      

Digeridoo In The Dark 2

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Back In The Nest

Local Icons

The Cardinals, who have by far the best record in baseball this season, were back in town last night after a long road trip. Another full house. No doubt they sold a lot of the beverage advertised on this bus shelter.

The opponent was the despised Chicago Cubs. The poor Cubbies, one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, have not won the championship in 106 years. You may see people walking around downtown wearing tee shirts that read "CUBS - Completely Useless By September."                         

Friday, June 26, 2015

Shall We Gather At The River?

Riverfront Detour

Well, not a good idea today. Note the sign for 1st Street in the background. That means the Mississippi is not far beyond and it's in flood again.                                 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Old Tech, Old Culture

VHS Tape

Found lying on the sidewalk beside the old Lemp brewery on Cherokee Street near Broadway.