The Beauty in Shadow & Light

Beauty can be found in the darkest of Shadows

or in the brightest of Light.

It is for You to decide where to look.

I offer you a compilation video of a series of Butoh performances done by my Friend, and Artist, Satori Circus at The Damned Exhibition in 2016.  Accompanying him, creating the beautifully dark aural landscape, is the very talented Dixon with his violin.

This was my first real attempt at documenting… in real time… a performance artist.  It was a challenge.  I need to expand my reportoire… find new ways of expressing myself… new ways of capturing the moments of my Life.  Every time I watch this it feels like I am there again… in that space… feeling every emotion…raw.  Perfect.

Tell me.  How do you feel?  What do you see?

 

True Friends

There are people that you run across in Life that completely change everything.

These two are at the top of my list.

These photographs, done on the spur of the moment while working on a video project with them, is the best way I can express to them my Gratitude and Love for everything they have taught me.

Greg Thompson – Peaceful Warrior, Artist & Friend

Jan Thompson – Survivor, Singer, Songwriter & Friend

Concert: Sponge wsg Solid Frog

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In the mood for some Detroit rock and roll, one of my favorite bands ever, Sponge, played an intimate gig at The Ritz Detroit Saturday night.  Always a great show, albeit kinda short one that night, Vinnie and the boys never disappoint.  And, to make the night even better, I finally got to see Solid Frog live!  The Ritz, even in its new location still retains its classic gritty Detroit rock venue status, and is always a great place to shoot local acts even if the LED lighting makes the acts look alien, forcing me to shoot black and white.

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Scott Weiland: A Loss Too Soon

Scott Weiland

October 27, 1967 – December 03, 2015

May your demons have finally exited stage left so that you may now experience Peace.  Yours will always be one of the voices of my youth.  Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

And to honor him in the only way I know how, here is the one time I was fortunate enough to see STP live (wsg FAIRCHILD) at The Fillmore Theater in Detroit, MI.  This was one of those must-see shows, both as a reflection of my youth, as well as from a photographers viewpoint.  While it was evident he was battling demons at the beginning of the show, as the consumate entertainer and artist, he worked through it and put on a stellar show.

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EVENT: The Monster’s Ball 2015

I was asked by Regina Stocco of The Social Connection to capture the night’s festivities at the Fillmore Detroit, located at 2115 Woodward Avenue, on October 30th for Detroit’s most exclusive Halloween party, The Monster’s Ball! This event featured Metro Detroit’s finest DJs, live performers, and stage entertainers.  When Regina stated in her email to me “…no one catches the soul of (an) event the way you do…”, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.  Plus, Halloween is my all-time favorite time of the year.  So it was a win-win all around!

Thank you Regina for your trust in me.  My door is always open to you.

If you are looking for someone to photograph your Concert or Event, please contact me today to set up a consultation. -B

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FOOD & DRINK: Sherwood Brewing

Ever want to find that perfect place to grab a drink and unwind after another day of pushing buttons and making other people more money than you?  Well, make you way over to Sherwood Brewing Company in Shelby Township, Michigan.  They serve only the finest hand-crafted beer, wine, and sodas, all made on-site in their brewing facility, clearly visible through the looking glass.  (Yes, growlers a-plenty to take home too!)

If you think the ego is thick over there, and that you need to know what the hell you’re talking about when it comes to trying new beers or wines, trust me when I say that the friendly staff is more than welcoming and willing to answer any and all questions you might have.  If you’re able to catch either of the owners, Ray or Lisa Sherwood, or Corey, the Brewer and Manager, they will always give you their time and make you feel at home.  It literally feels like you are at a Friends house just having some drinks and laughs.

Not to be considered just a brewery, Lisa and Corey hold nothing back when it comes to their rock-solid menu.  It’s not pompous or pretentious, but rather more along the lines of artistic comfort food.  There is something for everyone.  My god, they even make their own homemade gelato with their beer and wine…and it’s xxxx-ing fantastic!

PROJECT: Lisa, Corey and I collaborated on a photoshoot to try and cover a portion of some NEW menu items as well as some NEW brewery images for future marketing needs.  Click on the Gallery above to see a selection from the photoshoot.  If they inspire you to check out Sherwood Brewing Company in person, then I will consider my efforts, and Sherwood’s, a success.  And tell them I sent you.

Please contact me if you are looking for new imagery of your menu items, interiors, or just ambiance.  I would love to work with you to share your passions.

-BJL

Check out my DAMNED images!

This is by far my favorite time of the year in Michigan because the weather starts getting colder, the nights get longer, Hallow’s Eve is just around the corner and the Damned Exhibition at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom in Detroit opens its doors!  If you ever get an opportunity to attend this 3 day event, do it.  It’s a cerebral and visual overload run by some very passionate Artists and Performers.

Having attended since the original Damned Exhibition 8 years ago, each year progressively grows in quality.  From a photographers viewpoint, as you will see from my Gallery below, it is a beautiful evening of dark and enlightened performance art.  I actually get excited when the middle of October rolls around knowing what’s ahead.

Click on the Gallery below and leave your feedback on the imagery.

Damned Exhibition VIII 2015

Tangent Gallery

Detroit, MI

If you are in need of a photographer to capture the true essence of your event, please do not hesitate to contact me.

-BJL