Today's "Word of the Day" kind of corresponds with the darkly titled picture for the blog, as well as one of the few things I thought I would never see until yesterday. If any of you have seen the Addam's family movies, circa early 90's, the funniest thing about them was always the dark humor. Yesterday, I got to experience what was probably a real life dark comedy, and had to correlate the two. I was asked to be a part of a panel of Chicagoland muscian's for a library event to answer the questions of aspiring kids and teens who are starting out in their first bands, or what to be musicians. The talk was awesome, and my fellow panelists and I talked to these wide-eyed kids for almost two hours on how to start, and our experiences playing shows, and how we achieved our varying success. After the panel, several bands played, what was some of their first shows. Now if there weren't other's there with me, or if I didn't have a camera, no one would have believed that a library would have allowed power thrash and death metal bands to play there. It was surreal, and am realy glad I got to be a part of it. When one particular group called Monolith, covered Slayer's "Angel of Death", I almost peed my pants a little. They did an amazing job, and I had to keep reminding myself that there was a book return next to them and I was probably seeing something most people would never get to see... and then the moshing began. Thanks for the invite Joel Beverly of happyheadbanger.com! Also check out these two great Chicgaoland bands that I got to share the panel with.
Today's pic was taken in a graveyard outside of Galena, IL. It was only late afternoon, but at the time I was using a slide film called Fuji Velvia. It is an extremely light sensitive film, and even though it was much brighter out when the photo was taken, that is why it has this dark look, with the amazing red hue.
I just want to thank everyone that has supported me by visiting this site, and for all of the wonderful messages I have received from all of you. It was pretty much a week ago today I got this thing up and running, and have had over 2000 unique visits to my page! I really don't know what direction to take the site yet. I know I've been blogging about the photographs themselves, and I think I like that format for the time being. I will eventually get a system up and running for the sale of prints where you can order and pay online if you would like. I'm very new to all of this format, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. I have a lot of new projects coming up soon, in both photography and music, and I promise i will keep you all posted. Today's pics are of an amazing local band called Indolent. I not only have had the pleasure of sharing a stage with these talented guys on many occasions, they are also very good friends and probably some of the nicest and funniest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Look for their new CD coming out soon and check them out on Facebook!