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First Friday in May

May 18, 2018

First Friday in May • havredegracestreet.com and Easter Island Journal PDF • As is obvious from my Havre de Grace Street page, I've gotten behind on posting local excursions – been busy. Here we are half way through the month and I'm just now posting May First Friday images – the work from Rogue Swan's Vaudeville Cabaret performance at the Opera House in April is running even more behind – but some fun stuff coming there.

     Most of the shots this time are vertical, so I made the night shot of Concord Point Coffee the intro image. Once again, shot at ISO 12800, it still has pretty good detail. The one thing I'm noticing about shooting a lot of First Fridays is that I wind up with a lot of similar shots. There is a lot of variety from one month to another, but some really cool stuff repeats more often. So I wind up taking maybe 300 exposures and using six. Then again, my average for the Easter Island project wasn't all that much different.

     Some text with the images below – then a couple of notes on site changes that kept me busy and some reflections on and changes to my Easter Island Talk/Slide/Video Presentation:

These there were busy chasing ants. As I swung around to take their picture the little girl caught me…


The little girl on the left, Aloha, was trucking done the street with her mother trying to keep up. The girl on the right was getting her face painted. Kids seem to enjoy First Fridays as much as the adults.


On the left a lady cencking out some hand-made jewelry. I liked her face and she graciously let me take her picture. The couple on the right were oblivious to me and anyone else as they did their own version of “Dancing in the Streets” to the music of Jett Blaq and Red Alert.

Internal site changes: havredegracestreet.com and Easter Island Journal PDF

     1- Notice at the top of the page havredegracestreet.com is listed as a second url under jamescraigphotogarphy.com. This formalizes that this is a project I am planning to work on and expand. Both urls work to get to the site, each under its own name.

     2- The blog archive link at the bottom of the recent postings list on the home page leads to an index of postings dating back to January 2017. At the top of the page are two links, the one on the right takes you to the index of postings from late 2012 through 2016 – separating out this block of postings makes it much easier on this end to upload changes and blog postings, and helps the site work faster. On the left at the top is a link leading to just the Easter Island Journal – that's all blog postings 2006 through late 2012 including copies of whatever related postings appeared through 2017 – all in the form of a large PDF file. It's about 150mb, so I plan of reposting it soon to be a direct download as well as opening as a PDF as it is now (turning web pages into PDFs and joining these together is actually pretty simple).

     While the original reason for this was for us to have it as a record (our private copy will also include scans of over four hundred pages of Nan's handwritten Island notes that I am just beginning to include – gonna take a while). Creating the PDF has the added benefit of allowing me to remove the first seven years of postings from the blog completely, that really helped trim down the size of the site.

My Easter Island Project Talk/Slide/Video Presentation

Recently I took my Easter Island project slide program down to about a fifth its size and then added a few video clips so it could be shown to a small group that was totally non-photographer. I've done the program for photography clubs before, having over twice the time allotment but with no videos (probably a mistake). This time I learned a lot that had never occurred to me – first and foremost, go big on the video clips placed to lead up to critical B&Ws. I seem to have a difficult time imagining that everyone isn't as focused on the B&Ws and the stories behind each image, including the technical aspects, as I am. Go figure. It was a small group so I was able to give each couple a signed book – all in all it was fun and instructive.

     Nan remarked afterwards that she occasionally worried because as soon as a B&W went up on screen I would perk up and make it obvious I wanted to digress into the story behind it and the evolution of the image. Gotta control that a little better. Anyway, not sure I really want to do this very often, especially to small non-photographer groups – mainly because of time restructions combined with the scope of the project, and lack of interest by many in getting into B&W in depth. Photography group meetings have time allotment issues too – they usually give more but then there are all the questions, discussions. And the color focused photographers lose interrest pretty fast in B&W discussion.

     So I'm thinking of working up the presentation that I would really like to give – and find a venue for it. It would be in two parts, with a short intermission where I could answer some questions, show our Rapanui carving collection off (hopefully in cases), deal with books, etc. This first part would be an extended version of the recent presentation. After break, while concentrating more on B&W images, I would go into much more detail about the project, the Island, the actual photography, printing, etc. – accepting questions at any point. This way people who zone out on that kind of thing would be free to leave mid-way. If done locally, I would also have a good number of books to give out according to some formula I haven't come up with as yet.

     I'lll be talking to one possible venue here in town next week, and there is a very amenable non-profit in Aberdeen that I've worked with before that I'm sure would sponser it and help find a venue if that doesn't work out. I'm not really "into" this kind of thing so, who knows, this might be just a one-shot deal. Dealing with people in large groups is kind of a stretch for a couple of people who were very content living in the woods with no neighbors for forty years and have no issue with living on a small island in the middle of the Pacific with few to no amenities.

     Picturing the audience naked doesn't work for me, I have to imagine them as a captive audience that has no choice but to be there and it's my job to keep them all awake. – the only way I can keep myself from taking the conversation into directions that my mind would really prefer to go, along with one or two others if I'm lucky, with the rest dozing off.