Sunday, October 15, 2017

BLINK...or you'll miss it!

Usually they will tell you, "Don't blink or you'll miss it!" 
But this is one of those times when it is definitely best to BLINK...
As i move closer and closer to leaving my adopted city of Cincinnati i can't help but notice that it just keeps getting cooler all the time. Yes, this city has been the Midwest's best kept secret for years, even among its own residents, but it just keeps getting better and better! I certainly have no regrets about my choice to soon be moving on, but my dear Queen City, you ain't making it any easier to go.
Enter BLINK, a four day "luminocity" festival that took over 20 square blocks of the city to fill its walls and streets with artistic projected displays of lasers and light this past weekend. At first i was afraid i would miss all of this new entry on the ever-growing list of citywide Cincy festivities as i had previous obligations, both work and otherwise. I was also a bit disappointed that none of my regular media clients had assigned me to cover it, but i did, much to my chagrin, have a completely unrelated job to shoot the evening of the opening parade on Thursday. When you are freelance you just have to take the jobs when they come along. But good fortune shone her laser light on me. I was unaware that the job i did have that evening was right smack in the middle of the parade route and when i exited i was excited to find a swelling crowd of thousands lining Vine Street, humming in joyous anticipation for the luminescent procession to come. Strangely, though local media did cover the weekend's events fairly well, i saw very little coverage of this wonderful parade the next day. It seemed like a bit of an oversight to me not to focus more on the kick-off. But this is the kind of subject i am always more than willing to shoot just for myself. Sometimes you need to become your own media outlet. So here's my gallery of the event. Please share this link if you will. Spread the shining, resplendent joy!

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Bootsy and Patti Collins show their love for Cincy, The Bengals and BLINK.














































All Photos ©David Sorcher 2017
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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Empress of Soul

What does one say about a legend? Well after a career that spans 51 years, garnering 22 Grammy nominations that produced 7 wins, how about "Wow! You still look and sound fabulous"? At 73 years of age Gladys Knight does not seem to have lost any of her talent, charm or stage presence. The Empress of Soul was engaging, funny and energetic throughout her set and her voice seemed as powerful as ever. The singer of such R&B classics as "I heard it Though the Grapevine" and "Midnight Train to Georgia" moved effortlessly throughout the evening from one hit to the next to the obvious delight of a very receptive audience.
Usually concert photographers hate being relegated to the soundboard. Distance often creates an energetic disconnect between artist and shooter, a lack of intimacy that most certainly can show in the captured images. Fortunately the house at the Lawrenceburg Event Center is not particularly large and the soundboard is well within the reach of my 200-400mm lens. In many ways i believe my position at the boards for this show presented the better perspective for a change, especially since my focus was mainly on a single performer.  

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Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

Gladys Knight; R&B; Rhythm and Blues

All Photos ©David Sorcher 2017
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED