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I did a photoshoot for these two people, Scott and Catherine, yesterday in Forest Lawn Cemetary. I swear, that place is seriously one of the most beautiful places on earth. Why is it every day leading up to my impending arrival at college, I see something else that I’m going to miss about Buffalo?
Was Elmwood Avenue always this cool? I was sitting outside of Globe Market eating dinner the other night and I saw these kids and their families playing and chit-chatting jollily outside of East Meets West Yoga. It was such a Connecticut or Vermont small-town moment, it sort of made me confused. When did Buffalo turn into such a hip little place to be all of the sudden, RIGHT when I’m about to leave? Not that Connecticut or Vermont are especially hip besides, you know, Ben & Jerry’s or whatever, but it’s just that the entire city has just sort of blossomed over night. Like all of the clothing stores popping up out of nowhere. Before, the only place that there was to shop was Urban. But now, there’s Sweet & Dirty, Lab Indigo…. all those other places that I forget the names of…. It seems that right now in Buffalo, clothing is the new coffee.
There are so many things that I’m probably going to miss about Buffalo. But then again, there are probably an equal number of things, maybe more, that I am not going to miss. I can’t really think of any right now, though.
I don’t know how many things I need to do before heading off to Pratt. I have to clean up my room that, since I’m leaving so soon, I’ve kind of let go. I need to buy storage things and other doodads for my dorm from Target. I need to get sheets since the ones I ordered online are on back-order… I need to help my sister develop pictures at Cepa’s dark room….
It really hasn’t quite hit me that I’m going to be moving in exactly one week. I was considering it while getting water late last night in my kitchen. It sounds kind of random and weird right now, looking back at it, but while I was grabbing my drink, I thought to myself, wow. I’m not going to be able to do this again for a really, really long time. This entire room is going to look different to me when I come back. It’s going to smell different. It’s going to taste different…. It was a little bit scary.
One of the first people who came and visited my tent at the Allentown Art Festival last June was a girl named Erikka. She and a couple of her friends walked over to me, still assembling the walls and putting up the pictures and looked enthusiastically through my photographs. She got extremely excited and asked somewhat bashfully if I wouldn’t mind taking pictures of her some time. I told her that I’m always looking for new models and that I would love to. We exchanged e-mails, MySpaces, and phone numbers, and I told her to call me whenever she wanted.
Well, after about two months or so, she called me last week while I was at the printers, getting large-sized pictures for my upcoming art show. “Hey, Max, this is Erikka…” she said shyly. “Well, it’s my birthday next Friday and I was wondering if you were free to take pictures of me some time before that so I can show all of my friends and feel like a rock star….” I told her that the next Monday would work and that she should e-mail me to follow up since I’m horrible at getting back to people.
I got David (new model featured in my “Dirty Dancing” photoshoot) who works at Divine Finds to get us in and we basically went wild with all of the great vintage clothes. Erikka brought three of her own friends and Mary and Russell came along as well. The photos came out perfectly. Erikka’s short, platinum blonde hair and retro figure really complimented the clothing excellently. To see the photos in a slideshow, click here. To see the photos in an album, click here.