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The Moth

If you've never heard of The Moth, allow me to introduce you to this wonderful organisation.

They are a global community dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling as a celebration of human experience and diversity. The Moth was founded in New York City in 1997, produces over 500 live events each year in 29 cities around the world, hosts workshops and education programs, publishes NYT Bestseller List collections of stories, and has its own Peabody Award winning radio show and podcast.

Each live Moth event starts with a theme, announced in advance. The Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic style events, where attendees can put their names into a hat in order to share their 5 minute, 100% true story related to the night's theme. After ten StorySLAMs in a city, winners from the StorySLAMs compete for the title of GrandSLAM Champion with a brand new story with a brand new theme. The SLAM events feel like a mixture of stand-up, theatre and documentary, and the stories told run the gamut from tragic to hilarious.

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing my second Melbourne GrandSLAM at the National Theatre in St. Kilda. The theme of the evening was 'When Worlds Collide,' hosted by comedian and TV personality Cal Wilson. I love event photography, especially when it's such a special event as this, so I really wanted to share some of my photographs from the evening.

Click to enlarge.

The storytellers on the night were (in order of appearance):

  1. Andy Cameron
  2. Matt McArthur
  3. May Jasper
  4. Lisa Carroll
  5. Wade Kelly
  6. Jacob Kaye
  7. Louise Newton-Keogh
  8. Tess Birch
  9. Janine Hilling
  10. Steven Bell

This year's GrandSLAM winner was Louise Newton-Keogh with a moving story from her childhood about her father's alcoholism and attempted suicide, and their worlds colliding 10 years later.

Special thanks to Merrilee McCoy for having me along, and for producing all of the great Moth events in Melbourne. The next Melbourne event is a StorySLAM open-mic on July 2nd at Howler. Check out the Facebook Event - the theme for this one is 'Age.' Come & tell your story!

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Monsters Ball

 

I really intended to write this blog post sooner, but my week has been crazy! Everyone's finally back from summer brain fog and my Realtor clients have been keeping me busy shooting houses before the snow flies. But I digress...

Tomorrow night I will be taking part in a wonderful fundraiser event for Laura's Literacy Campaign. The 2nd annual Monster's Ball Halloween Costume Fashion Show & Auction kicks off at 9:00 at the The Artery on Jasper Ave, and features local music, local art, DJs, dancing, drinks, and of course the fashion show! All proceeds from the fashion show go to Laura's Literacy Campaign, and costumes will be auctioned off live during the show. If you don't have a Halloween costume yet, I suggest you check out this event! Not only will I be "modeling" in the fashion show, but I will also have a set of 6 of my elusive paintings up for sale. (The poster at the top of this post was designed by me also...)

I don't paint a lot. I took a few acrylics classes during my time at the U of A and I really enjoy it, but I find I need to be in a particular mood to really get into it. A lot of my creative energy is expended on photography projects too, so I tend to produce only 1 to 2 paintings a year. Below you can sample a few of my paintings that will be up for sale at the Monster's Ball.

From left, top to bottom:
1939 Cadillac Grill (2006) | Acrylic on Board, 24" x 24"
1957 Imperial (2008) | Acrylic on Board, 24" x 24"
Contracts, Consultants & Cost Engineers II (2004) | Acrylic on Masonite, 8" x 48"
Contracts, Consultants & Cost Engineers I (2004) | Acrylic on Masonite, 8.25" x 40"
The Swimmers (2006) | Acrylic on Masonite, 15" x 21.5"
Jasmine (2011) | Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20"

 

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An All White Affair

Earlier this month, I was asked by a good friend of mine Dannielle J. Oswell to help her photograph a fundraiser for Movements Dance Ensemble, the 5th annual All White Affair. Self styled as a "Hampton's style event," guests clad in white from head to toe mixed and mingled at the award winning Con Boland Garden in Riverdale, Edmonton.

The afternoon provided jazz music, dance, an auction, delicious Carribbean food and some local celebrity appearances. The highlight of the event was the fashion show, featuring a tribute to the colour white by local fashion designers Kelly Madden, Kelsey McIntyre, Natasha Lazarovic, Lisa Marie Sciroli, Jessica Halabi, Andrea De Ocampo and Pauline Anderson.

The turnout was great, and the fundraiser was a huge success. Below is a small sampling of the photographs I captured that day. Enjoy!

 

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Al Fresco

This past Saturday was quite possibly the best day there will be this summer. Edmontonians from all walks of life came together to party in the street downtown at the 3rd Annual Al Fresco 104 Street Block Party!

It was a wonderful celebration of diversity and community, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Entertainment was provided by local bands, djs, fashion designers and opera singers, and there were extended patios into the street for the restaurants/bars along 104 Street, as well as street food vendors, BBQs and a wine tasting tent compliments of Devine Wines.

All proceeds went to the E4C school lunch program: www.e4calberta.org

Click the image below to see my flickr album of the entire day!

 

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La Prima Moda

Apologies for the lack of blog posts lately. I've been really busy with event photography and design work that can't be posted until the clients say so! But enough about that... I have some exciting news!

I will be one of 5 photographers (along with several good friends of mine) covering the Italian Youth Association of Edmonton's first ever fashion show and celebration of Italian culture - La Prima Moda! After attending the site inspection, meeting the designers and checking out the venue we are all really pumped for the show and want to knock this one out of the park. The event organizers are giving us photographers 100% creative license to do whatever we want as far as coverage goes, and we are buzzing with ideas! The event takes place on April 30, 2011 at Empire Ballroom in West Edmonton Mall. Here's a link to the Facebook Event - contact me for tickets ($20) or call 780-298-0356.