Siren Light Show

Siren Light Show

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RUSH

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Sirens scream dancing in from all directions. The end of my street is lit up like roman candles punching out through the dark. Six police cars, three fire trucks, and two paramedic trucks. No smoke billowing, no flames whatsoever; lit only with noise and light fire flashing out.

Some stranger asks me what I’m taking photographs of. I know where this is headed. He’s a talker. I don’t want conversation. Timing is everything with this light show, if I even get any decent shots. I tell him the fire trucks, no further explanation. He continues on talking as I drift away. He gets the message, no chatter bug, only shutter bug and trails off.
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FIRETRUCK FRENZY

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In a city bustling with millions rushing, it amazes me how taking photos with a camera on the street is an invitation to conversation with strangers. Then again, the last two years are the only time I’ve ever done this with camera in tow. I don’t typically take pictures of the city for many reasons. I’ve forgotten how creating in public draws attention.

I’ve drawn often in public for a long while. People approaching to talk and ask questions when they see you creating is common experience. It slipped my attention until recently. Often, I pause to have a chat. Almost always, it’s with a person I’ll never see again. I’ve had some interesting conversations. Some people have posed for photos when I've asked. Fun times and unexpected experiences. This night was an exception. Sometimes I decline the invitation in various ways, especially if I don’t wish to be interrupted.

Blocking the street half way down were police cars flashing furiously. They reflected off an old Victorian style stone and brick townhouse with a modern wooden staircase. In this case, a lightcase. I shot the following series playing around exposure time and subtle camera movements.
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LIGHTSTAIRS I

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LIGHTSTAIRS II

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LIGHTSTAIRS III

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LIGHTSTAIRS IV

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LIGHTSTAIRS V

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All those fire trucks, paramedics, and police looking like actors on a set, standing around talking, waiting for their cues. Stage set. Missing props. No director calling action, this can’t be a Hollywood projection, or is it? Film crews are a common occurrence here. None of that set up and entourage in sight anywhere. All for naught in a puff of colours.
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WINDOW FIRE

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Walking off away from the dancing lights, down a small street into the night, I watched a guy take a different turn, rolling baggage on sidewalk, kind of forlorn. Never found out the story of that night that provided the bright painting lights, so I returned back to blue to contemplate my state.
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BLUE RETURN

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All photos taken by Nine with a Pentax digital 35mm camera.
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Can't lie... the first thing I think of, after seeing Rush... is Neil Peart. But then again, Rush's music, to me, fits both your art, as well as content.

Pretty cool post... thanks for sharing.

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Thank you @wesphilbin, interesting perceptive I haven't seen.

Rush's music, to me, fits both your art, as well as content.

By this, do you mean specifically this post? How does Rush's music fit my art and content? I'm always interested to learn, so that's why I ask.

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I've been listening to Rush since my teenage years. So, so many times... their music was the soundtrack to my life...

Rush's music, to me, always dealt with real world issues. Through both an educational, as well as positive way. No skimpy dressed women... no makeup... just good music...

Does this make sense?

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Oh, that totally makes sense now and I see what you mean, thanks.

I'll dm you about the other, thank you Wes!


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Whoa I really like that second one. Sorry it took me forever to get here.

In San Diego I would have people approach me when creating in public, but it doesn't happen often in Portland. We're not bustling, though, so maybe less people see me. Plus I guess it's pretty obvious the crow lady is taking pictures of crows. Don't scare the subject away.

Watch, I say this now and from this day forward I'll never get a moment's peace.

Sorry it took me forever to get here.

Totally a non-issue, challenging days these are. Thanks for checking out my photos, second one is also one I liked, all those arches.

Don't scare the subject away.

LOL! Yes, that's key with birds. Crow lady is melding with her flock. If I were taking pictures with a cell phone, no one would notice me. It's the camera that makes me stand out here. Far more interruptions when I'm drawing or painting in public, even in small towns.

Watch, I say this now and from this day forward I'll never get a moment's peace.

Too funny and that can be the case but keep the vision of peace. 😂

keep the vision of peace

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(I'm sweating because I'm not so sure how well that vision is gonna hold up.)

Well, I went into meditation to work with that this week. Live in the now, I find that most helpful. Visualize floating on a calm river moving with it.

That sounds super peaceful. I often visualize myself flying like a crow. No joke, but can be read like one if needed.

It is and well, water likes water. LOL. Oh flying! That's even better. I should try that. Thank you.

Oh yeah, I guess my libra WOULD like flying, huh. Maybe that explains some of the bird stuff...

Those came out great :)

It really is interesting how wanting to be left alone draws people 😂

Thank you @wrestlnigdesiers!

From what I've experienced when drawing and painting in public for years in all kinds of spots, it's not the wanting to be alone, it's the act of creating that draws people. I've been on both sides of that experience equally and this is what I see. It doesn't matter what creative form either.

Interesting... And yet so many refuse to even try anything creative. Maybe they are drawn to what they fear? Or they want permission to try?
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Each has their own way of being and reasons for what they choose. If you observe people, you can learn a lot simply from watching. People tell you who they really are through their actions if you pay attention to it. Individually, you can always ask a person why. Sometimes it's a very sensitive topic for people and they don't wish to go there. In that case it's always best to respect another's boundaries. One doesn't need to know why.

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Thank you @stayten!

You got some super cool and very creative shots here. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you @castleberry! It's always fun taking these kind of photos, I never know what I'll end up with. 😊

I would imagine the unknown outcome of the creativity is exilerating. Hahaha =)

😂 It is exhilarating, even when I get zippo, not the lighter of course. It's a new direction for me with photography and I keep playing around to see what happens, always fun.

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😂 Now, what kind of creative fun, is your favourite?

nicee shots!! amazing colors...

Thank you @janetedita, do you have any favourites?

Yes, sure! FIRETRUCK FRENZY it's my favorite. I like the way the light forms like arches/windows.

Thanks @janetedita, that one is also a favourite of mine for the same reasons you've said, hahaha. I appreciate your comment, I always like to hear what another person's perspective is.

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I think I like the last one best... that's a whole mood right there.

Thanks @clayboyn, you picked right up on that mood thing happening with that. 😁😉

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