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A FAIR TO GREAT DAY

Erie County Fair

Erie County Fair

Some days are better than others. Today was a better day than most. First, it’s County Fair time in Erie County (Western New York). It still holds an allure all these years even though so much has changed. After 175 years, it sure as hell better have. I’ve always enjoyed the exhibits (and the food) and told myself I would enter SOMETHING at the fair to see how I’d…well, fare. My daughter Andrea has enter photographs in competition and did earn an Honorable Mention ribbon. I figured I’d join her this year. This year, Andrea entered a rather colorful photograph of Niagara Falls, She also experimented with an abstract black and white shot with some interesting colorations incorporated. Her Niagara Falls picture took Second Place in her category. NiagaraFalls2nd I had placed my shots in a “Floral” category and one in “Informal Portrait” The “Floral” entry was the photo of my tea rose with its glowing center and pink highlighted edges. It was taken in series – a daily progression of its growth through the course of a week. From an opening bud to this magnificent bloom the series is capped nicely by this final shot. This earned a Second Place finish as well. TeaRose2nd   The “Informal Portrait” was my photograph of original Beatles drummer Pete Best. He was headlining a show with his Pete Best Band. I had captured this pic up close during his performance and had the opportunity to chat briefly with “The Best of the Beatles”. By my calculations, that’s one degree of separation from John Lennon and I think that is way cool. The Pest Best portrait earned me an Honorable Mention ribbon. All-in-all, a good haul.

PeteBestHM

I’m looking forward to the 176th edition of the Erie County Fair. If I can find the right subject, I’ll try it again. It was a fair to great day.


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SPEAKING OF IMAGES

So expanding into other areas of poetics I finally read my poems live before an audience of art patrons. I had performed before audiences in my Ed Sullivan days (working with local Buffalo Beatles tribute band, Beatlemagic), but this was me speaking in my voice… in my own words, written in interpretation of extraordinary photographic images by Paula Sciuk.

Pausa Art House 19 Wadsworth St. Buffalo, NY

Pausa Art House
19 Wadsworth St.
Buffalo, NY

The venue was a quaint art house in the Allentown (famous for its Art Festival) neighborhood, in the shadow of Kleinhan’s Music Hall. Pausa Art House hosted Paula’s collection and I was honored with an invitation to “perform” my works based on selected images.

I had butterflies for sure, but being presented with the last set which featured my work, I had time to find my composure and focus on the task at hand. My intent was to shine a light on Paula’s vision without detracting from it. From her reaction, I believe I did exactly that. When my last words left my mouth and I heard the patrons applaud, I felt validated. People who came to see wonderful works of art, hear fine musical interludes and fits of poetic madness (not to mention the wine and cheese) were treated to a sensory feast.

I certainly had a long overdue experience in presenting my words to people who had not heard them before. They didn’t know me from a baggett, but they enjoyed (or appeared to) the merger of sight and sound in the cause of celebrating Paula Sciuk’s artistic endeavors. Hopefully, after having a taste of public exposure (I kept my shirt on – not THAT public exposure) I get another chance share my poems.  

For a further glimpse at my night and the image and poems combinations, see SPEAKING ABOUT IMAGES at Through the Eyes of a Poets Heart