Photographer's Note

Hello Everybody!

I think it's time for some blues again.

The blues is not a sad style of music, it is more uplifting and at times more celebratory than others. Having the blues and listening to the blues is not the same thing, as many folks who are uninitiated into this genre of music, might believe. Of course, listening to the blues while you have the blues can change your attitude and mood 100%. That's why they are there.

I find myself uplifted by music on a daily basis - and I listen to many types - but nothing does it for me like the blues. Had I been born a musician, I would play the blues. Every single day.

Some of you all might be wondering just what happened to me for the past month or so.

I got the blues. I had the blues, but I forgot to listen to the blues, to let them uplift me, to change my attitude, to rectify my mood.

I thought I needed a vacation, so I scheduled some time in Florida to spend fishing with my uncle. Before I left, someone asked me if they could use one of my photographs that I had posted here on TE. That person was Shane Dwight's manager, he wanted to put it on the cover of Shane's upcoming DVD release. I gave him permission and it actually got published, my shot graces the cover of the DVD.

I knew about this before I took my most recent hiatus from TE. I was afraid to say anything about it, lest it not happen. I left for Florida and a quest to get my mind right.

While in Florida, I went to Jacksonville Beach for three days for the 20th Annual Springin' The Blues Festival. Shane Dwight was one of the headliners. He and Robby Z made sure I got hooked up with a VIP pass and backstage to take a few shots of Shane and his band playing. It was just what I needed. Three nights and two days of the blues strengthened my soul.

This is one of my favorite shots from the festival. This young lady is another up and coming purveyor of the blues. She is Joanne Shaw Taylor, from Birmingham, England. She tore up the stage and made several square blocks of Jacksonville Beach stand up and take notice. When she stepped off the stage, she left everyone amazed - ears ringing and clapping wildly. She proved to be somewhat shy in front of the camera. Many of the shots I got showed her wincing, after her set I told her she makes way too much noise to be embarrassed about anything! She will continue to draw attention, I'm certain. I bought her debut CD - "White Sugar". While not as raucous and raw as her live set, it does the trick until next time.

This shot shows Joanne Shaw Taylor immersed in the blues, making the blues her own, showing her passion.

I hope you all can hear the blues today. I'll be slowly back to posting and critiquing as I work my final days at my job - I retire (well, more like a quasi-retirement, I'll still be working on things) this coming Friday.

See you in the gallery!

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Additional Photos by Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 250 W: 18 N: 393] (1845)
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