Travel Theme: Shadows

All hail the mighty Groundhog!  Long may he reign!

In honor of Groundhog Day, Ailsa has decreed this week’s travel theme to be: Shadows.  So to celebrate my shadowy side I figured I’d look at the rascally bunch of ne’er-do-wells I am privileged to be friends with.

Damn musicians.  Step out into the sunlight every so often, people.  These aren’t the tidiest or least grainy pictures I’ve ever taken, but I had a lot of fun taking them.  🙂

Anyway.  First up!  Check out the local favorite Snakes Are Strong, a punk band who trades vocals between their male and female singer a la the band X.  SAS likes to play with their set lighting by projecting a movie–usually some kind of trippy horror flick–over the band.  Below is a picture of the drummer, Pete, and you can see the shadows of the other two members of the bad, Jeff and Brianna, off to the right.  The band’s movie of choice for this performance–I would bet money on this–is Dario Argento‘s Suspiria.

Pete, beasting it on the drums while Brianna and Jeff loom menacingly to the side.

Pete, beasting it on the drums while Brianna and Jeff loom menacingly to the side.

Next:  Drift Division.  My friend Andy’s band played at our gem of an art deco movie house, the Campus Theatre, right here in beautiful downtown Lewisburg.  The band set up in front of the movie screen and also had a film (made for them by a friend of theirs) that projected over them as they played, which seems like a no-brainer when you’ve got a giant screen behind you just begging to be used.

Shadowy men playing moody music.

Shadowy men playing moody music.

And then there’s: Fear Factory.  This taken when I went to see Burt at a show in Philadelphia, and what I love about this picture is that Burt isn’t the primary focus but rather, it’s the silhouettes of the fans up front.  Because the fist pump and the metal horns?  Yeah.  That’s what it’s all about.

Metal. \m/

Metal! \m/

And finally, because my boyfriend starting giving me a hard time about my choice of Fear Factory picture (“Technically that’s a silhouette, not a shadow” he said, to which I replied, “I don’t think Ailsa’s going to call the blog police on me,” though maybe I’m wrong), here is me.  And what is clearly, inarguably, a shadow.  Taken  at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in North Carolina, from the top of one mo’fo’ of a sand dune.



Go check out the rest of the blogs at Ailsa’s travel theme!  You know you want to join in on the fun.  See you there.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

For a minute, I thought I’d take this photo challenge really, really seriously.  That I would wax metaphorically about movement, and post a picture of a river or a doorway or a hall, and talk about change and journeys and the symbolic representation of life.  Which is all well and good and a valid post.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

I wanted today’s photo challenge to be dynamic with in-your-face impact.  I didn’t want metaphor today; I wanted speed and agility.  Grrrl power.  Take no prisoners.  And so, for today’s photo challenge, I give you…

Roller derby.

The Pretty Little Skull Crushers (in pink) vs. The Guillotinas (in blue).
Hard to choose who to cheer for with names like that.

The Jingle Brawl was held on my birthday weekend, 2010, Williamsport, PA.   Pre-game and intermission entertainment were provided by a punk band (more info about Snakes Are Strong here), and Santa was chased around by two reindeer and wrestled to the ground because he wanted to keep all the candy canes.  Selfish Santa, foolish Santa.  Derby ladies ain’t gonna stand for that.  The day after the Jingle Brawl we went to New York and saw a Rangers game (they won), so all in all it was a sort of “mayhem with blood sports and boots of speed” weekend.


Ladies, that’s what I call getting things done.  Thanks for the fine birthday weekend!

This is going to be a great challenge so I encourage everyone to check it out.  You can see all the entries here.  Or, check out some of the entries that have come up already, below:

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