Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Photo: Dirty Looks In The Basement

I've been in Erie for a year and a half and I just found out that Henrik Ostergaard lives here and is reforming Dirty Looks with local musicians. I'm not clear on the details, but I think he's been here a while.

Dirty Looks released Superdeluxe in March and it sounds like the best from Cool From the Wire, Turn of the Screw and Five Easy Pieces, which were released in the late 80s and early 90s. Check out Oh Ruby on YouTube if you need a hair band flashback. They did it good.

Anyway, they're playing the Warner Theatre in Erie on 10/5. My newspaper is promoting the show in our Thursday weekend section. Of course, I HAD to take this assignment, which was to shoot the rehearsal at Henrik's house tonight. It's strange to see Ostergaard with no hair, rocking out in front of his washing machine.

I brought my six-year-old son, Grayson, to the rehearsal. He's obsessed with Star Wars, trash cans (don't ask), trains (as you may already know or soon find out) and rocking out to my iPod's Rock Mix. I thought he'd get a kick out of seeing in the flesh one of the bands he likes. I plugged his ears and he stood there, mesmerized as these guys lit it up.

As soon as we came home, he insisted on putting on a concert for us in his bedroom with his bongo drums and his death-metal lyrics that he's (unfortunately) adapted in his own six-year-old way from my Metallica selections. His mother is thrilled.

I would have shot something of Grayson with Henrik, but although he was cordial and helpful, Henrik wasn't chatty and the whole band seemed to want me to get done ASAP. And this was a tough shoot in a tiny basement room with all five musicians nowhere near each other. I'm glad I brought my lights and my 14mm lens. Henrik concluded the shoot by saying they all wanted to watch the Steelers/Ravens on MNF. So I didn't ask for an autograph...

Enjoy. 9/29/08.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Video: Railfest 2008

Take a look at the sights and sounds from RailFest 2008 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It was a warm July weekend, but Grayson and I had a great time camping out and watching trains. We took a ride around the Altoona Curve on that classic Pennsylvania Railroad EMD E-8 set, one of only a few that are still in operation. Then we spent hours at the curve watching the trains go by. By the way, I forgot to include a credit in the video, the song I use is called Altoona by Artese N' Toad, which I purchased from iTunes. I hope they don't mind my usage. Enjoy.


Video: Railcars at LSRHS

Watch as two local members of the North American Railcar Operators Association show off their railcars at the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society in North East. The boxy railcars were once used to haul track maintenance workers for railroads across North America. For a donation to the LSRH, you can take a ride on a railcar on Sept. 27 & 28 from noon to 4pm when they return as part of North East's 27th annual Wine Country Harvest Festival.


Video: One Hour on the Franklin Avenue Bridge

If you're a railfan in Erie, Pennsylvania, you know how to find the Franklin Avenue bridge. It traverses the CSX and Norfolk Southern tracks just south of the main gate to GE Transportation, where many of the locomotives are made that you see on the tracks. In an hour's time, we saw quite a few trains and some interesting surprises.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Photo: Ian's Funeral

Ian Kilmer's funeral. From left are his wife (my mother) Gale Kilmer, Ian's daugher Kelly Kilmer Harding, mom's cousin Patti Kalish, Ian's oldest son Randy Kilmer. They were watching as Ian's casket was loaded into a hearse following his funeral at St. Eugene's Catholic Church in Asheville, NC. It's all about the light and the content.


Photo: Mom's Foot

While visiting my mother in Asheville, I accompanied her to a visit with her podiatrist. I loved the light and was intrigued by the content. One frame, then my camera battery died. Enjoy. 8/28/08.