Monthly Archives: July 2016

Putting Yourself Out there and Saturday Nights…

Firstly, a bit of the usual preamble. Lately I’ve determined to take this whole photography “thing” more seriously. For years I’ve wanted to get more involved and actively cultivate something to photograph but haven’t quite had the chutzpah. Now, for whatever reason, the chutzpah has been acquired and I’m prepared to make an effort. Now as the new Wednesday prepares to dawn I’ve spent the evening reaching out to musicians, sports teams, local celebrities and anyone else I can think of that has a physical presence in the world to see if they’d take on an enthusiastic and unpaid photographer. My calendar isn’t quite full yet but it’s got the seeds of something better than watching reruns of The Office on it. And let’s face it, that’s a pretty high standard.

So on to Saturday!

Saturday saw us in Downtown Lafayette for an even known as Dancing & Cruising in the Streets.  While the post-mortem on this from people around town was pretty negative (almost everyone I saw was complaining) Laura and I were giddy beyond all reasonable belief.  For $10 we saw two pretty good bands and countless classic vehicles.  Rarely have I dished out my lucre with such efficiency.  Anyway, enough preamble, let’s photo!

First person up was Jessie James Decker.  I’ll admit that I’d not heard of her before Saturday but she had a certain down-home something.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Think there might be something going on with this guitarist…

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Well, and maybe the other guitarist too….

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Or she’s just nice to everyone….

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Jessie James Decker Concert in Lafayette Indiana &emdash; Jessie James Decker in Concert

Any rate, check out the whole album here.

The main attraction was several dozen classic cars.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Dancing and Cruising in the streets &emdash; 2016 Dancin and Cruisin in the Streets, Lafayette Indiana

The crowd seemed to find ways to enjoy itself.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Dancing and Cruising in the streets &emdash; 2016 Dancin and Cruisin in the Streets, Lafayette Indiana

Check out that bit of the action in this album.

Lastly we had the band Kansas.  Well, what was left of the original band by that name, which is nothing at all.  Still, they played wonderfully and when their album comes out in September I’d definitely consider it.

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

Rob Slaven Photography: 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana &emdash; 2016 Kansas in Concert in Lafayette, Indiana

All in all, it rocked.  Get the full tour here.

Easily the best $10 concert I’ve ever been to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lafayette Indiana’s Mosey down Main Street – 2016 (so far)

As is often my habit this time of year, I’m about to say that I should do this much more often! I’m fairly in the habit of snapping photos and spending hours processing them but then don’t bother to tell the story. That’s a shame, really, because I far too easily forget the story. Any rate, let’s go!


“The Mosey” is a monthly street festival held in Lafayette Indiana during the summer months. You can visit it on Facebook in a couple of different places: The Page The Group.  I’m not honestly sure why there is both a page and a group but whatever the case, data abounds.

The festival has all the usual features of a street festival: vendors (which I pay no attention to), musicians and lots and lots of highly varied people (to whom I pay a lot of attention).  You can see (and buy) photos of all this shenaniganery on my zenfolio page for the Mosey but the tip of the iceberg of the highlights I’ll enumerate below.


Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; May Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

This gentleman is a true fixture of the community. He’s at every possible outdoor event playing and singing for the crowd. Sadly I don’t know his name or his story but he is a true icon of the area.


Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Speaking of fixtures, State Representative Sheila Klinker fits that designation as well. I love the expression of sincere concern on her face as she talks to a constituent.


Moving on from the celebrities who make regular appearances, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the music acts. Seeing them in these extremely close quarters you can feel their sincerity and nearly touch their souls.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; May Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

And some of them just exude cool….

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

And the collision of cultures is always apparent


For those more in tune with the Terpsichorean Muse, every Mosey also seems to have belly dancing exhibition from Oasis Bellydance.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana


Last and certainly not least, the people-watching is second to none. Kids love the idea of dancing in the middle of the street for one night only…

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Interacting with the Bellydancers…

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

or just listening to some music…

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; June Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

I love the expression of parental pride on this dad’s face. That’s true love if ever i saw it.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana

And sometimes the perfect portrait is just waiting for you to capture it. The negative space and color contrast in this one make it my favorite of the season so far.

Rob Slaven: 2016 Mosey Down Main Street Highlights 2016 &emdash; July Mosey Down Main Street in Lafayette Indiana


So there you have it, the Mosey so far. There are two more in August and September if you have a mind to come see for yourself. As always you can find more of my random babblings on my Facebook page or robslaven.com

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