Saturday, October 20, 2018

No Oil Rigs in Paradise!

My wife recently commented on how long it has been since my last blog post. Surely too long. But much has happened in the interim including the packing and selling of our home in Cincinnati and the long and arduous journey to our new lives in rural Nova Scotia. Dreams are being fulfilled here and that can take up quite a bit of one's free time, i have found. 
Nova Scotia has been a long time in coming for us so we are doing our best to hit the ground running despite all the small obstacles that have popped up in our way, such as finding and repairing a hidden, buried well before we could get running water along with all the numerous renovations we had hoped to accomplish before the first snow. 
Though i am happy to report that i have already found some work with the South Shore weekly operated by LighthouseNOW. It is encouraging to get any work in my field this soon upon arrival and i hope that over time i can develop a diverse freelance clientele that will actually earn me the meager living i need to survive on the South Shore. I don't really need much to keep me going in paradise. 
Of course, it is never all rainbows and unicorns in paradise and my very first assignment was to cover a political action opposing offshore oil rigs in the Nova Scotian waters. While the fishing industry has sharply declined over the past few decades it nevertheless remains economically important to the area, which is still the world's leading exporter of lobster. Tourism has also become increasingly important to the economy as hundreds of thousands come every year to visit the lush coastal splendours of the province. A major oil spill could therefore be devastating to the economic stability of the entire region. Polls seem to show that, by a small margin (55% opposed/44% for), most Nova Scotians understand these dangers and oppose the drilling while other believe the economic benefits of oil profits makes it worth the risk. 
I am afraid i cannot provide any good online links to the published work. One of these images was used on the cover of the issue the week after this happened and a couple more were published in the next (this week's) issue. I am including others i submitted as well for a more complete telling of the story. 

On Thursday, October 4, 2018 coastal touring companies and other concerned citizens staged a "peaceful paddling" at Mahone Bay to protest offshore drilling with a non-motorized flotilla of kayaks and paddle boards. More than a dozen kayaks took to the water from the Mahone Bay Civic Marina around 10am with touring companies Lunenburg Paddling Adventours, Cape LaHave Adventures, Pleasant Paddling and Candlebox Kayaking on hand to provide kayaks for participants without their own means of water transportation. 

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Anna Mallin of Lunnenburg steadies her boat as she prepares to be the first kayaker in the water. 

Lillian Page of Cape Sable Island arranges signs for the flotilla.

The flotilla heads out into the bay. 

The Raging Grannies sing songs as the flotilla takes to the bay. 

Sarah Hrdlicka of Cape LaHave Adventures looks back at the flotilla from her paddle board. 

Karl Marsters of Pleasant Paddling in Lunenburg takes his kayak out with one of his daugthers, Myra, on board. 

Mike Taylor of Lunenburg Paddling Adventours finds himself at the center of the flotilla. 

Callum Muise has the front paddle position in a tandem kayak with his mother, Colleen O’Neill.

Paul Pilon paddles in the flotilla. 

 Matt DeLong of Candlebox Kayaking in Shelburne take the lead position as the flotilla paddles back towards the marina. 

Myra Marsters holds her sign up as her father paddles with the flotilla on Mahone Bay.

Paddlers make their way back towards the marina. 

All Photos ©David Sorcher 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Last Time I Saw Alice

Last night was bittersweet. This is probably the last time i will see Alice. 
The house in Cincinnati is all but sold and by this time next month i will be starting my new life on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. So many good things about that, but one of those is not, as i have previously lamented, that it is a hot spot for big name touring bands. Sadly, very few name acts ever play Halifax. So unless a trip back to the States happens to coincide with a future show this will be my last time seeing Alice Cooper in concert. Even then, the likelihood that i would be shooting that show seems next to nil. 
Alice Cooper is an act that never disappoints. It might have something to due with that fact that he has been honing this act for almost 50 years and surrounds himself with bright and exciting talent that really knows how to rock and roll. All this would be just flash and fluff if it were not for the great strength of the music; classic, well-structured songs with deep hooks and amusing lyrics that i've been listening to since my teenage years. This was my fifth time in the pit with Alice and while the stage act has pretty much stayed the same over time there always seems to be something new for me to capture that keeps the experience fresh. 
It seems each time i have shot them has been just a little bit better than the last so i had high hopes for this show, but to be honest i do feel like i was actually more successful with last year's performance. The Taft Theatre has no pit for photographers so i was pressed into a fairly static position center stage, hemmed in by expectant and excited fans like commuters on a rush hour subway. I was thankful that they tolerated me taking such a prime position for the first few songs in a spot that they had indeed paid top dollar for. Fortunately i had met and photographed all the folks that were sitting in the front row when i was out in the lobby getting fan pics for the Enquirer gallery so we had already established a friendly rapport. Since everyone was standing anyway once the show began it wasn't hard to blend into the throng, but it meant that i had no real mobility as long as i wanted to remain so close to the stage.
I also found that this particular show had somewhat erratic front lighting. Some of the best moments that took place right in front of my lens didn't have the necessary illumination on the artist's faces to make the image work for me. But in an energetic and constantly changing show like this, that brings the action to every corner of the stage again and again, it's really just a matter of waiting for it. So in the end i was still pretty satisfied with what i was able to capture. 
On the up side i did get some of my best shots of guitarist Tommy Henriksen, who has played with the band since 2011. I didn't do as well with bassist Chuck Garric this time, who unfortunately had no light on him the few times he was front and center on the platform when i would have expected him to get hit with the spotlight. And alas, i have never managed to nail a good image of drummer Glen Sobel, who is always elevated in the back and easy to overlook with all the rockstar posing that is taking place all over the stage. Sorry Glen, maybe in another lifetime. 
So Alice, it's been great, and thanks for the memories. And if you happen to read this, maybe consider doing a show up in the Canadian Maritimes. The people are great, the seafood in fantastic, the coastal beauty is out of this world and they even have a few great golf courses....and now, of course, they also have your number one fan photographer. 😊

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Alice Cooper; Ryan Roxie; Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper; Tommy Henriksen

Alice Cooper; Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper; Tommy Henriksen

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper;Tommy Henriksen

Alice Cooper; Ryan Roxie; Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper; Chuck Garric; Tommy Henriksen

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper; Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper; Ryan Roxie

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper; Ryan Roxie

Alice Cooper; Tommy Henriksen

Alice Cooper; Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper; Chuck Garric

Alice Cooper

All Photos ©David Sorcher 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Metal Nights!

More music with the final tour of the band Slayer, with opening acts Anthrax and Lamb of God.

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Anthrax









Lamb of God








Slayer










All Photos ©David Sorcher 2018