I had heard that there were going to be swing dancers dancing to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Detroit Jazz Festival, but upon arrival, I could only find a single friend sitting in the stands. After listening to a song or two, I decided that sitting around and listening to this awesome music wasn’t enough, dragging said friend down to the space directly in front of the front seats and before the stage and dancing some ballroomin’ blues in front of a crowd of a few hundred people. At the end of our dance, not only had we drawn out the swing dancers that had been dancing in a hidden, secluded spot of the auditorium, but we also inspired many others in the crowd to come on down and join us for the dance party. Here we have two swing dancers dancing to the band, with the Renaissance Center in the background. I think the picture was shot with my Nikon F100 and a 24mm f/1.4 on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.
My friend Dmirty held a “dirt bike school” for several of us who had no idea how to ride dirt bikes. I brought along a massive dose of humility and two cameras. I particularly like this shot where Lily, Dmitry’s dog, looks on as Dmitry does some teachin’ while the others do some learnin’. Picture shot with a Nikon FA film camera with a 35mm f/2 lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.
Between Christmas and New Years Day, swing dancers from all over the United States and even the world converge on Asheville, North Carolina for Lindy Focus, a nonstop day-and-night celebration of all things Lindy Hop leading up the the final dance party for New Year’s Eve. I only made it out there once, and by a series of unfortunate circumstances, had my digital camera stolen at the airport, forcing me to get by with a film camera and some rental camera equipment overnighted from Lens Rentals. Still, it’s hard to be a grinch when there’s so much excitement and exuberance in the air, perfectly reflected for me in this shot of a friend getting the heave-ho into the air once the clock struck midnight. Picture shot with a Nikon F100 film camera with a rented Nikon 28mm f/1.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.
Two dancers in close embrace during a Friday Night Swing social dance in downtown Ann Arbor. I love the grainy grittiness that this photo exhibits, thanks to the fact that it was shot on classic Tri-X film. I’m pretty sure that the film was developed at the box speed of 400; the dancers are well-exposed because as the resident local swing dance photog, I had the privilege of being able to bounce my flash at nearly full power off the low white ceiling. Photo was shot with a Nikon F100, a 24mm f/1.4 lens, and a SB-600 speedlight on Kodak Tri-X film.
I stopped by my friend Matthew’s farm with a Nikon FM2n in tow and a roll of black and white film. I took a tour of the place, and while we were wandering around, his daughter decided that she wanted to go riding in the snow. Here, Matthew prepares the horse while his bundled up daughter waits in anticipation. Image shot on a Nikon FM2n with a 50mm f/1.8 on Kodak Tri-X 400.