SO last night I went to the book release party for "&", which was also the release party for Copper Nickel #8 and a benefit to support the New Orleans Public Library rebuilding fund. The book is tiny and gorgeous, a fitting debut for the newborn Counterfeit Press. I was pleased as punch (whatever that means) to meet several contributors to the book (&), and other Lomographers, as well as Nancy Missbach who produced 57 hand-bound copies of "&".
The release party was held at Matter Studio, just across the street from Coors Stadium, where a game was going on. (Baseball, I think??) This made the parking situation and traffic pretty horrendous, but it also graced us with fireworks. The final crescendo was so loud that I started to feel slightly sickened by it because I thought, "This must be what it sounds like to be in a war zone."
I took quite a few mediocre-to-poor shots of the fireworks. Then I started playing around with the focus ring and really had fun shooting these abstract/de-constructed fireworks shots. Okay, I know. They are just way out of focus, but I like them so much more this way. I'm posting them in a small size, but just click to make big. They look way better like that.
I found out that in Denver there are people who will agree to teach you to silk-screen, after you totally back them into a corner and impose your conversation-starved self on them. Crystal's Etsy shop is here. And there are people who will chivalrously take it upon themselves to walk you to your car, parked 6 blocks away across from the Greyhound bus station. And others I didn't get a chance to talk to but who were ready with a smile & a handshake. Such lovely, friendly and talented folks. Thanks for the welcome, ya'll!