When the Frederick Music scene represents, it truly does so in style. For the second year the Frederick Playlist organized a showcase of local bands playing original music in the tastefully art deco surroundings of the Weinberg Theater in the heart of Downtown. A turn out across all strata of Frederick's populace witnessed a high octane evening of music kicked off by the first hip-hop act to appear in the hallowed hall, Retro/Ricole Barnes. Ably followed by the beautiful Americana of Katie Powderly and the Unconditional Lovers, the indescribable but lovable Silent Old Mountains and headlined by Frederick stalwart, The Freddie Long Band. Freddie's appearance as a Frederick native who has played in the area for two decades, his "Mom, we finally made it to the Weinberg" introduction being especially enjoyable.
Mark is one of our more recognizable characters in Frederick, and one of the most coherent to talk to.
Since leaving a children's home at 17 he has been homeless for 50 years, originally in Montgomery County and the last 35-40 years in Frederick County, at least for the summer, most winters he has spent in Florida. He's an interesting person, this has been his choice to live outside, eschewing shelters and the drama that often accompanies that community.
Doesn't drink, despises drugs, in many ways he is like an Indian, these days with his various aches, pains and ailments he sticks close to town but in his younger years lived off what he could forage in the woods. Where we might view his life with pity, he has the same towards ours, he views that he lives in complete freedom, it's an interesting perspective.
The morning he came up to have his picture taken unfortunately someone had stolen his small backpack - bizarre as it only contains his razor and toothbrush, but he was already amused as a woman had stopped him to take a picture of his hair wanting the exact shade of silver blonde to show her stylist .
Have a chat with him, he's very coherent and with many stories of the States, having seen more of the country that most of us might in our lifetimes.
I asked him what advice he would give to someone looking to follow his path and make the choice to live free - "Don't go to Cleveland !"
Coffee preference - black :-)
Michael is a familiar fixture on Market St, living outside a church just around the corner from the studio. Works whenever he can doing siding. He also just celebrated 11 years sober, an incredible achievement for any person.
When I saw him it was pouring with rain and he was clutching a cold cup of coffee, seeking shelter. A little bit of warmth and a top off later he ventured back out when the rain stopped to find the next shelter.
Likes his coffee white with a little bit of sugar.
Some things just a have an iconic timeless style. This is one of them, A British Royal Enfield Cafe racer. A treat to be present, see and hear the wonderful sound of this machine.
Model : Clinton Sheron
Stylist : Antonio Rico at Citizen Frederick
I've been percolating on shooting more fashion for quite a while, and putting the "pro" in procrastinate, trying to visualize how I want the photography style to look. Sometimes you just need to book someone and go do it, figuring things out on the fly, let the rubber hit the road and start working out the style on the way. This was a bit of a blast, Clinton was great to work with and Antonio put together a great ensemble that suited his personality perfectly.
A note about Clinton, 'books and covers' apply greatly. I'm sure people judge when they see him walking down the street with punk style and tattoos, inside the book though is a young man raising funds to build schools for refugees in Iraq, we should not be too quick to judge on appearances. To see more of his project, click here :- "School for refugee children in Iraq"
Oh boy, now this was a treat, some days I truly believe that I have the coolest job on the planet, I am able to meet people from all walks of life and for an instant work together, to connect in some way.
I've known of the Dapper DJ for a couple of years since I saw them at an event, and Alex and I have been friends on Facebook but we've never had the opportunity to spend any time together. Their concept is marvelous, spinning old 78s and period music on vintage record players hooked up to a PA dressed in period dress, the shows a wonderful trip to a time long past.
From my previous blog of being stuck I posted a "pop up shoot" and reached out to Alex asking if he might be available, and was extremely grateful when he responded with a time, arriving with his brother Jack. Along with other people who came that day it was perfect to break out of a creative rut and indulge different thoughts and ideas with portraiture, to be able to work together with an idea so unique inspiring me to stage and take photos that match their vision.
I had always thought that the dress was a costume for the show, but what is awesome is that no, the dress, mannerisms and behavior are truly who they both are, this is no act. Combined with staging the shoot at Citizen Frederick's Barber Shop we had an instant vibe to staging the photos, no performance necessary but letting them be themselves. Literally spinning some 78s and stepping back in time.