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Dogs Days of Summer Art Fair

07.25.12

Looking for something to do this weekend? Visit BluegrassPhotography.Net at the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Art Fair in beautiful Rabbit Hash, Kentucky! I’ve been busy wrapping lots of new canvas prints so even if you’ve been to one of my shows there will be lots of new stuff to see. And since Rabbit Hash is a great place to shoot I’ll of course have lots of photos from right there in the lazy little town on the Ohio.

Fair dates and times:
Saturday, July 28th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 29th, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

And don’t forget to pass this along to all your friends and family!

Hope to see your there!

Occupy West Virginia?

01.07.12

On a recent photo trip to West Virginia I ran across a group of “Occupiers”! Right out in the middle of West By God Virginia.

Now I don’t want this to be a political or social commentary, and I’m sure you don’t care to hear my opinions. So to keep that mess to a minimum I’ll just say as a whole I think the occupiers we’ve all seen on the nightly news lack a concise, consistent message. They can’t say what they want as a group, but offer up a ton of varying objectives and goals. That said…

As I’m driving through the hills of West Virginia on a hunt for old Mail Pouch barns I pass an “encampment” with all kinds of tents, campers and signs. One of which caught my eye more than the rest. “Occupy West Virginia” it said. It mildly interested me, but I had barns to find.

About a mile or so down the road my curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to turn around and check it out. So I pull up and start shooting and a woman walks up and asks, “who you with?”. I’m thinking to myself, “well, it’s just me”, but I explained I’m not “with” anyone, knowing I was about to get the story even though I wasn’t with the press. As it turns out she’s the local union president for an aluminum workers union. She explained that they are at arms with the local aluminum plant and they are going to “change” things by occupying that particular location, which happens to be right outside the gate of the plant.

So now I’m thinking “Great, now I get to hear a bunch of union workers complain about working conditions and such”. But I figured I stopped so I might as well listen. I couldn’t have been more wrong though. I was introduced to a group of retired aluminum workers. Men that had worked very hard for as many as 30 years. They were gruff metal working men and their years of hard work were exposed on their faces and in their hearts. One man told me they had recently lost their health insurance that they had been contracted to receive once retired. He explained that the next day he would be receiving his retirement check and three quarters of it was to go toward health insurance. He said that less than 6 months earlier his check covered food, shelter and the typical bills we all have, but now that they had broken the contract he was in dire straits to pay his bills.

As I was pulling up I was thinking the worst of those people yet I ended up listening and learning. Maybe I should be more open to other people’s thoughts and opinions? Maybe we all should?

Here’s a small gallery of the shots from my visit. Enjoy!

Thank You!

12.05.11

Thanks to everyone that stopped by and visited during our first BluegrassPhotography.Net open house this past weekend.

Betsy and I decided to have the show at our house just a week before hand. So to say our house was pretty crazy last week would be an understatement. But after lots of help from friends and family, we pulled it all together.

I do have to specifically thank Betsy for helping me turn our house into a gallery in a week and all the food, Tom and Caroline for keeping Betsy and I in check and my Mom for helping out with the Christmas decorating. The weekend wouldn’t have been the same without their help.

In case you weren’t able to make it, you can still order photos as Christmas gifts. Take a look at my galleries and feel free to drop me an email if you see something you’d like to order.

Again, thanks to all for your continued support and encouragement!

Chris

Eat Quaker Oats!

11.04.11

I recently traveled to Rock Island Arsenal Garrison in the middle of the Mississippi River to install an interactive display that we (White Design Studio) produced for the U.S. Army. As usual, prior to my trip I searched for any Mail Pouch barns or covered bridges along the way or near Rock Island. Apparently Illinois is a bit to far west to have a bunch of Mail Pouch barns but I did find out about a couple of Bull Durham signs on old brick buildings. Good enough for me!

I love going out to find a particular barn or sign and running across additional “finds”. In this case I ran across this old “Eat Quaker Oats” sign. This was an awesome find for me as I’ve never seen Quaker Oats advertised anywhere other than an AARP magazine of my parents or on TV in the winter time. This sign was on the lower part of a building that had an extremely faded Bull Durham Tobacco sign on it also. I found it quite ironic that something so good for you was advertised on the same building as a tobacco product.

I did end up locating the two Bull Durham signs. The first of which was between two bars. One a “biker” bar that I wondered into looking for help locating the second Bull Durham sign. Thanks to Bill and Harry for their help with directions to the second sign. I would have never thought I’d have a beer with a couple of strangers in a biker bar, but those two guys were great! Although Harry warned me that I best watch myself because, as he told me where the second sign was he mentioned, “There’s a queer bar near there”. Which I found humorous because I had just met and had a beer with him and his buddy, two biker dudes. If you had asked me prior to this trip which situation I would prefer finding myself in, I’m not sure it would have been the biker dudes version! It may sound goofy, but Bill and Harry reinforced a lesson most of us never really learn about people…. “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover”.

Click here for the rest of the gallery. Enjoy!

Del McCoury & Keller Williams at the Madison Theater

10.30.11

Check out these shots from the Del McCoury & Keller Williams “Delloween” show on October 28th.

Click here for the entire gallery. Enjoy!

2011 Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

10.02.11

Once again, Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival has come and gone. This year was the 19th annual Poppy Mountain, and my 13th year of shooting. I can’t say for sure but I’d guess that I’ve shot close to 20,000 photos throughout my years at Poppy. Even after all those years I find myself finding new things to shoot every year. And this year was no different. This year I shot over 1,800 photos and about 3 dozen videos. After editing, I’ve posted 1,200 shots in this year’s gallery.

This year’s show featured another great lineup. Some Poppy Mountain regulars and some great new bands including Summertown Road, Weary Jammers, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Poacoeus, Billie Renee & Cumberland Gap, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Don Rigsby, The Chapmans, Hillbilly Gypsies, Josh Slone & Coal Town, New Found Road, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Marty Raybon, Dr. Ralph Stanley
Russell Moore & III Tyme Out, Steel Drivers, Mike Snider and Dave Evans.

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy!

Bluegrass Festivals & Shows

09.24.11

Fall is the bluegrass time of year for me. I just got back from Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, and shortly before that I was at Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival.

Since I’ve been around so many of my bluegrass fans recently I thought I’d post a link to a bunch of past galleries from festivals and shows I’ve shot. I have been asked if I have a place where you can go to see photos from “just bluegrass shows”. I’m not sure if that means they don’t care for my other photography, or they just love bluegrass, but I’m happy to oblige.

The link below is to a gallery of quite a few shows. I’ll be digging out from my archives and adding to it until everything I’ve ever shot is uploaded. Stop back often and check up on where I am in the process. I’ll be adding shows from 1998 up until just tonight’s show at the Richwood Opry.

Be sure to pass this along to any of your friends, family or festival owners.

Here’s my entire Bluegrass Music Collection. Enjoy!

2011 Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival

09.07.11

Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival is back! Despite missing last year due to personal reasons, and this year’s 100º Labor Day weekend weather, owner and promoter Willie Jarrells pulled off another great weekend of bluegrass entertainment.

Although Mandolin Farm is a fairly young festival, it has become one of the favorites of festival goers looking for great bluegrass music in a family friendly setting. From the moment you pull up to the main gate at Mandolin Farm you know you’re among family. After all, who, other than family, would actually help you set up your camper? Or for that matter set it up all the way for you, as you sit and watch? And the staff doesn’t disappear after they set you up. Help is always within a few minutes away at “The Farm”, from Willie’s dad helping out with electric to his uncle taking deposits for your site next year.

Beyond a first-class staff, you’ll also find top-notch bluegrass music at Mandolin Farm. Rhonda Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, Mountain Heart, Ralph Stanley, Marty Raybon and Dailey & Vincent are among the many great acts that have entertained crowds at Mandolin Farm. And in case you’ve not had enough bluegrass after the music stops on stage, you can always catch one of the many jams throughout the campsites. This year one of the favorites were the Weary Jammers. As host band, the Jammers entertained the crowd on stage for two shows on both Friday and Sunday as well as playing late into the night off stage.

If you’re looking for a great festival with the best of facilities, great music and a staff that make you feel like family, then you should put Mandolin Farm on your list of “must attend” events.

Check out the entire gallery here. Enjoy!