Monday, September 1, 2014

Seen at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, No. 4, July 3, 2014 - It wasn't his hat that I noticed first, either--it was his tank top.


I moved from my previous spot so that I would look across the dance floor installed in front of the Oregonian Front Porch Stage. That's where I saw this man in the tank top dancing all by himself. I recognized him immediately because I've seen him three other times over the years, dancing either with a woman or alone, he doesn't let it hold him back if he has no partner and the music moves him. Twice I saw him at Music on Main, a free Wednesday event during the summer put on by the Portland'5 Center for the Arts, and also at last year's blues festival. He always wears a tank top in this style, plus a hat in that style. After I posted photos of him groovin' to the music at the first Music on Main, my older son Lamont informed me that the man lived in their neighborhood and was seen frequently walking from here to there. Then, after I told him that I'd seen him again last year, he said to me, "You know, I think he's moved or something because we don't see him any more." I think it's neat how much the man loves live music and dancing when it speaks to him. I took three photos, but this one worked best so that you have the context of the couple dancing there on the right which helps inform what the man in the tank top is doing. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Seen at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, No. 3, July 3, 2014 - It wasn't his hat that I noticed first.


Y'all, I feel pretty good about this photo. In fact, it's one of my favorites that I've taken, period. You're seeing it straight out of the camera. However, it's not the first photo that I took of this man over at the Oregonian Front Porch Stage which is located a bit north of the FedEx Crossroads Stage, nigh to the Rose Building (actually the historical John Yeon Building), home of the Portland Rose Festival, situated in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, home of the blues festival and lots of other outstanding outdoor events in Portland.


It was his elbow that I first noticed from the chair where I sat on the aisle in front of the stage. My thought as I noticed the shape of his elbow which was right in my line of sight, "Whoa! That's guy's elbow looks like an eye." So, I took this photo--admittedly, he was more perpendicular to the ground upon first sighting, but the music of 2014 IBC winner Tim Williams got him moving. Then I noticed his hat, thank goodness.