^Photo by Jon Will.
There are good things and bad things that go along with having me in your band. The good thing is that I can play a pretty mean washtub. The bad thing, however, is that if I'm playing in your band, it means that inevitably I therefore cannot photograph your band. And while a band comprised of two couple sure does make an adorable scene, unfortunately the sweet serenades of Double Couple Trouble and the Sweet Dick String Band (formally known as the Hokum High Rollers) will [apparently] cause some eccentric folk at a street carnival to proceed with what is likely to be some of the most photogenic moments at this year's Ramble, at least that I was present for. Now, if you catch my drift here, what I'm trying to say is that while I had a blast playing on "stage", about a million things that I would have loved to take photos of happened on the sidewalk below us while we were playing, and thus, I was unable to capture them. You win some, you lose some, I suppose.
What was left to photograph by me felt somewhat sub-par; the winding down of things, and I regret that I cannot make copies of myself to be in multiple places doing multiple things, like playing music, taking photos, drinking beer, legitimately enjoying myself, and seeing everything all at once. Being that I can't even smoke a cigarette and play an instrument at the same time, this possibility seems particularly out of reach. I leave you then with the small and (in my opinion, at least), mediocre photos of the moments I was able to capture, bearing in mind that the day was only so long, and for most of these photos I held a beer and cigarette in one hand with my camera in the other. Fortunately there are some things I CAN do at the same time. I guess this all means that it's time for me to learn how to juggle.
These are the Bushman brothers, passed out mid-day and holding hands with matching knuckle tattoos. If you think it gets any cuter than that, then please just keep it to yourself and don't ruin it for me.
I am also proud to say that this was the 10,000th picture I have taken on my camera.
If you know anything of my photography over the last three years, or of my relationship with Sarah Franceschini, you too will find it fitting that she was present for this milestone.
The Ramble 2011.
Decatur Street & the Old North End,
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