[Dot Dot Dot Part Two]
Dot Dot Dot was already at The Bluebird setting up their show on the back room stage as I walked in, while other people were decorating for a wedding party in the front. It was a little windy outside as the sun poured into the clear and stained glass windows of the bar, creating a strange brightness in the otherwise dark interior. (Cringe. Vampire-esque.)
I was at The Bluebird in the afternoon to discuss the details of the night’s events: what would be the backdrop for photos, where it would be, when to get there later, etc. It was “Winter WonDOTland” on January 28, 2012, and it was a winter formal themed show complete with a portrait area, paper snowflakes and blue-and-white lights hanging from the ceiling.
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That night I arrived before 9 p.m. and let the guy at the front know who I was, then went over to my place where the backdrop would be in front of the blue doors to the back room. The wedding party guests were still socializing and drinking and wanted their pictures taken. Fans of Dot Dot Dot hadn’t arrived yet. For a few moments I felt like I was a—gasp—wedding crasher.
More people started to arrive; I lured them over to the photo area. Dot Dot Dot pre-arranged a party bus to leave from Indianapolis and arrive in Bloomington at The Bluebird to bring more out-of-town people to and from the show safely. Before 11 p.m., we moved the photos to the back room as it started to fill up, and people began having fun posing for their prom-styled portraits.
This is what the band and I had expected.
There were coordinated couples complete with formal attire, boutonnieres and corsages, and then there were the people who happened to hear of the show last-minute; costumes were encouraged but not required. I talked to some people who didn’t go to their high school prom and this was their only chance to experience it. As their portraitist, I was touched to be a part of such an occasion for them.
It was fun to take pictures of old friends, new friends, the band and a bunch of drunken strangers.
Enjoy this Flickr gallery of portraits and other photos.
Side note: It was so hot in the back half of The Bluebird, that the band was passing out bottled water to the audience. Going outside was so refreshing but coming back in would steam up the camera lens. Not good!