Maybellene, why can't you be true?

We interrupt this slate of summer-happenings posts for yet another concert post. I actually don’t go to many concerts; I don’t think I’ve been to more than ten in my life. But tonight Chuck Berry, aka the King of Rock and Roll, the guy whose sound basically created the sound of the early Beatles, (especially) the early and middling Stones, and the Beach Boys (“Sweet Little Sixteen”/”Surfin’ USA”), among others, played a free concert in Columbia as part of the Summerfest series sponsored by the Blue Note.

I had heard that previous Summerfest concerts didn’t allow large cameras in to the blocked-off street area, so I left my Canon at home before heading down to Ninth St. I then realized this was a very stupid move, as there was in fact no restriction at all on cameras, and I should have been practicing the ‘better to ask forgiveness than permission’ principle of photo-j. Fortunately, I got to the venue three hours before Mr. Berry came on stage (thinking he would play one, not three hours after the gates opened), so I had plenty of time to zip back home and get my gear. This, by contrast, was a very good move. I would have been so frustrated to not have any of my own images of the show. But now I do!

And, wow, what a show. I mean, Chuck Berry is going to be 83 years old in October, and here he was playing guitar for a 45-minute outdoor set, singing his heart out, and duck walking during “Johnny B. Goode.” If I’m in half that shape when I’m 83, I’ll consider myself pretty lucky. He wasn’t perfect–some chords were off, he sang in odd keys for some songs, blah blah etc etc–but there’s something refreshing about the lack of polish. Rock isn’t supposed to be polished. I saw the Stones play a few years ago in Houston, and while it was great to see them live, the concert was part of an arena tour, more of a piece of choreography than anything else.

On a similar note, the show tonight was, as mentioned, free. There’s something wonderful, I think, about watching a performer sing and play purely for love of the game. The something wonderful becomes all the more “whoa”-inspiring when you stop to consider that the love of the game has been such a time-spanning affair. The affair looks like it’s going to continue for even longer–Berry’s son Charles Jr. plays guitar in the backup band. Aww.

The problem with bringing a camera to a concert, however, is that I’m just too darn short, and I have to Hail Mary all the time while trying to get decent images. It’s hard to Hail Mary with a telephoto lens, though, so I had to wait until the bodies in front of me kindofsortof moved out of the way–for a hair of a second–so I could get a frame in. BUT…all of the masses in front also provided instant negative space to work with, which ended up working better than I thought it would. Exhibit A:


There are a few more that follow- again, here I am stuck in one spot at the concert and unable to really vary the images (I think this point is much more clear if you look at the previous concert post and compare it to this one). Or is this just a by-product of concert photography? Either way, it’d probably be good to bring my flash next time I’m at a show (whenever that will be) and try to play around with that, for something new and exciting.




Vineyard Vacay, part three: Island Time

Some of my favorite- and least favorite (see image four) -things about Martha’s Vineyard. Plus, guest picture taken by my mom!  and de-colorized by yours truly…because no island trip is complete without jumping off of Second Bridge (which, incidentally, is the bridge in Jaws that the shark swims under to get into the giant pond. Cue scary music).





Image (c) K. Ashe

Vineyard Vacay, part one: WMVY Concert

Haven’t posted in a while…oopsie. I was distracted by the end of Staff Photo (I still have to put up the photos from my Crazy Photo Saturday, during which I had five assignments), moving to a new apartment, and heading home to New England for a week and a half.

I’m back in classes now, starting my last fall semester ever–which is weird–and am going to try very hard to post everything else from this summer before Friday.

To start, here are a few photos from a concert I went to last Thursday- it was a benefit for a radio station on Martha’s Vineyard featuring kahoots and Willy Mason, both homegrown Vineyard acts, although Willy Mason is a little more well-known outside of the island. I couldn’t use my flash, so this turned out to be an epic exercise in handholding.






Disclaimer: I was being very lazy that night and didn’t feel like giving up my nice prime seating to manuever through a crowd to get different POVs…next time I’ll work the angles a bit more.

Some VOX Assignments (or, more food photos…)

They all seem to come in during my Friday shifts.


Dressed in period costumes from the 1850s, Brittni Steding, front, and Abbey Milligan clear tables in the J. Huston Tavern in Arrow Rock, Mo., on July 31. The tavern is the oldest continuously operated restaurant west of the Mississippi River.


Fried chicken plates, one of the main entrees at the J.Huston Tavern, are offered as a family style, all-you-can-eat dish.


Curly potato chips coated in Parmesan cheese and chives at the J.Huston Tavern.


Three of the dessert options at the J. Huston Tavern: from left, carrot cake, apple cobbler, and pecan pie.


Specialty drinks at Bleu, such as the New Zealand “No”jito, left, and Bleu Rosemary Lemonade, are known for as much for their presentation as their taste.


New Zealand “No”jito

Police in Columbia using such unconventional methods of transport as bicycles also rely on unconventional methods of keeping the bikes from being stolen.


Boone County Fair: Junior Talent Show

After enterprising at the sheep show, I had an assignment at the Junior Talent Show. On the minus side, the event lasted forever (I was at the fair until 10:30pm)…but on the plus side, that blue curtain made for the best clean background I could have asked for.

072109_FairTalentShow_01Stephanie Stricker, 13, left, and dance partner Caroline Sunvold, 13, wait backstage before performing in the Junior Division at the Boone County Fair Talent Show.

072109_FairTalentShow_05Rachel Guilford, 9, waits for her turn to sing during the Boone County Fair Talent Show. Guilford, along with sister Hannah, 11, performed in the Junior Division

072109_FairTalentShow_04Bill Tempel, left, of Columbia, videotapes his son Nathan, 8, during his performance at the Boone County Fair Talent Show Junior Division. Nathan has been singing since age 3

072109_FairTalentShow_03Taylor Noakes, 16, performs the final song of the Boone County Junior Division Talent Show on Tuesday. Noakes sang “Not Anymore,” by LeToya Luckett.