Bill Boles in the Betabrand Disco Tuxedo
It takes a special occasion (for most) to don a tuxedo, much less a tux made from disco ball fabric. It also takes a rockstar personality to head out in public head-to- toe ensconced in the shiny material, as it’s guarantied to get the stare down from everyone passing by, which is why I recruited Bill Boles for the job.
Our plan was to find a location (still is actually) where wearing a tuxedo would be appropriate and the symphony sounded like a great plan. Since they were putting on a free show at the Justin Hermin Plaza, we headed down to see what kind of photographic opportunities awaited us.
Turns out it was a pretty casual affair, with a few hundred people sitting cross-legged in the plaza, so we ended up shying away from the event. Fortunately we managed to get a few cool images on the water front- space and rockets have been on ongoing theme for the Disco Collection, and while my favorite photos often don’t make the site, I was really happy with this one.
I didn’t have a light stand with me and started by hand holding my speedlight off camera left. Fortunately Bill’s brother happened along and was able to play the role of my VAL. (voice activated light stand). Camera: 7D, 10-22mm F4 Lens.
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The Bridgetown Hustle took place on Friday February 5th at the Nemo Design Studios in Portland. A convergence of bikes and associated culture, the event kicked off with an opening of a bike art show that featured installations, photography, prints and a few paintings and drawings. Backyard Blam held a cross genre bunny hop contest which pitted BMX versus MTB versus Freestyle fixed,(BMX won) and had a number of launch ramps, picnic tables, and other features for the riders to play on. Inside, they also held a packed Goldsprints race for the prize of a bicycle donated by Giant Bicycles.
The crowd was a broad range of cycling enthusiasts, which was more than apparent from the variety the types of bikes stacked outside and cabled up in the parking lot, though the tight girl wearing jean crowd had strong attendance, with hipsters everywhere. At one point in the evening, it got pretty tight, especially after the events outside shifted indoors.
I got wind of the event just weeks before it happened, but had a few paintings that were ready to show that I was able to submit. I brought my camera with me, and was able to test my new low-key sneaky camera bag set up that utilizes Domke inserts in my Timbuk2 messenger bag.
The event continued on Saturday, with more mayhem planned, but we were unable to attend.
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