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Return of the Night

Happy Equinox!

It will be six whole months of more darkness than light.  Autumn in Portland seems to have come all at once.  We went from desiccating heat and thick smoke to cool rain and clouds all in a day.  I’m sure that warm weather will return before winter sets in, but storm was welcome relief.

The change of seasons seems like a good time to restart the Photo Of the Day blog.  I’ll also be migrating the ten years of blog entries into this new web site.  Many of the old posts have already been republished by Summer, my wife.  Summer also designed this site.  See more of her work here.

Photographer in the Mirror

Welcome to the newly redesigned for Jason E. Kaplan Photography website. Once things settle down in Jason is looking forward to blogging again. Meanwhile I thought this would be a great image to start the new blog with, I’ve always loved it. In one lens of the smiling father’s sunglasses you see the bride reflected and in other man behind the camera.

Man Smiling with Sunglasses

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of AlabamaLast night the Blind Boys of Alabama played at Mississippi Studios.  It was great to see them in such an intimate venue.  It was almost like being at a house party and having the Blind Boys performing in the living room.  I saw them once before at the Roseland Theater about 9 years ago.  At that time there were still three of the original band members:  Jimmy Carter, Clarence Fountain and Georg Scott.  Since then Scott has passed away, and Fountain has retired due to health issues.  Carter, being the sole founding member, now heads the group.  They keep a full touring schedule even though Carter is now in his 80’s.  When I saw them at the Roseland, I had gotten free tickets from my girlfriend (now wife) who worked at a radio station at the time.  I thought it was one of the best shows I had seen.

One of the highlights was when Jimmy Carter climbs down from the stage and moves ecstatically through the crowd (with the help of a minder to keep him safe.) I was glad to see that he continues to do this now despite his even more advanced age.  It was especially harrowing this time as the crowd was packed to the rafters in the small Mississippi Studios’ performance space.  What made the show even better this time was that I was there reporting for Oregon Music News.  For some reason, any experience becomes more meaningful when I’m working.

Happy First Day of Winter.

Marshmallows with Santa

roasting marshmallows santa clausIt’s been a while since I’ve blogged—but now seems like a good time to return with renewed commitment.

When the Christmas tree was lit in St. Johns Plaza, Anika got the chance to roast marshmallows with Santa Claus.

At first Anika was a little afraid of the fire.  After a couple of minutes she said “this is kind of fun!”

Santa said, “yes, now that you know how to do this you can roast marshmallows at the beach or when you are camping…”

Anika interrupted “but this is especially fun because I’m getting to do it with Santa!” Santa chuckled uncomfortably.