Saturday, June 4, 2011

on the move...

I've been on the move of late. Three days after photographing the final concert of the season for the Civic Youth Ensembles, I
was on a plane headed to Los Angeles for the Opening Gala of "Beauty Culture" at The Annenberg Space for Photography. This is a blockbuster exhibit in which I am fortunate to have an image (the self portrait of me looking in my grandmother's mirror that I use as the cover of my book, "Falling Into Place"). The New York Times even gave "Beauty Culture" a 2/3 page write-up! You can see my photos from the opening on my website.

While in Los Angeles I was delighted to spend five days with my dear sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Gorsha Paramonov. In addition to the opening, we went to the Los Angeles Planetarium made famous in the iconic film "Rebel Without a Cause," met my online photographer friend Anna Boyiazis at her photo exhibit at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and spent the weekend at Emily and Gorsha's beautiful villa in the desert that is available for rental. My dear friends from San Diego, Phil Ouelette and Scott Weldon, drove up from San Diego and joined us there on Saturday. If you go to the Portfolios section of my website, you can see Phil and Scott featured in "Just Another Married Couple."

Five days after returning home I was in downtown Detroit for three 12-hour days at my beloved Detroit Electronic Music Festival (now called Movement). This was my 7th festival in a row and, as the only white-haired scooter-riding EM music lover in attendance, I've become a bit of a celebrity. I think what blows the young folks away is not simply that I'm always there but that I obviously adore this music and spend as much time on my feet dancing my bootie off as they do. Oh yes, Grandma Techno (their name for me) loves her DEMF! To see my ever-growing festival photo essay, go to my website and click on "Their Music, Their World' under Portfolios.

And now I'm packing up for a trip down to Charlottesville, Virginia for the world-class LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph! I'm leaving early Tuesday morning and will be on the road for a day and a half. It's over 600 miles from Detroit to Charlottesville and I like to spend the night at a motel on the way. Folks often freak out when they hear I drive these distances by myself but I love taking road trips. That's the advantage of having a wheelchair accessible minivan with a ramp. It means I can go where I want when I want. Independence is where it's at!


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