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.
What does love look like ?
In "Love Actually", Hugh Grant's voice over says that if you want to truly see love then visit the arrivals lounge of an airport. Well BWI and National Airports are a little while away, and TSA would probably take a dim view of setting up a studio inside the airport.
So we did the next best thing and opened up the studio Saturday and Sunday evenings for a community "Pay what you want" Valentine's photoshoot, as ever whenever we open the doors up to the incredible Frederick community it was great to see old friends, meet new ones and share our love with everyone else - here's a quick look at what love really looks like from those who dropped by.
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 :-)
Now that was fun - a pop up shop Halloween Party photo shoot on Halloween Night. An assorted cast from Batgirl to a nautical bulldog and one seriously creepy clown. See the full gallery or flick through a few personal favorites below...
Next up will be Christmas Portraits at the beginning of December, think old style Hollywood, Clark Gable, black and white, tuxedos and ball gowns. These will not be your usual Christmas portrait images, we're a bit different, ya know ?. Details will be advertised shortly, or contact us to get your name on the list for a provisional time slot !
The pictures at the top of this post are behind the scenes photos of two best friends, occasional business partners and who have fronted the Original Booze Brothers since 1978. Most people when put in front of a camera and told to just chat naturally have a terribly difficult time doing so, Lee and Fred instantly dropped into the easy rapport of two people who have shared each others lives, bars, gigs, families.
It was inspiring, as Bobbi and I embark on our next step opening our own studios I hope that we can sit down together and share that kind of bond.
After a long search we literally stumbled across the perfect space at 106 N Market, Suite A in the heart of downtown Frederick. A space where photography and psychiatry can combine in unity. On paper the two are odd bedfellows, yet we both specialize in showing people what they do not see within themselves.
Nestled above the Starbucks on N Market, the photo studio offers a 50’x13’ main space with diffused natural light and a range of strobes. Primarily the home for my own work, rental requests will be considered. Across an adjoining hallway is Found Souls Studio, a new approach to mental health through changing behaviors and thinking
It is a truly scary experience to sit down, sign a lease and be handed a set of keys to your own business space. A necessary progression to have our own space, and exciting to have a place to call our businesses home, but at the same time all this space to fill, to fill with work, creativity and joy. A reflection of our life together.
We will both be running seminars, from the photography side each month will feature an evening photography workshop, but also an evening with a professional photography and a musician, a forum to discuss creativity, inspiration and overcoming challenges.
Mark your diaries - Grand Opening is September 4th - 6-9pm :-)
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.