The original plan for my participation in the Warren Art Hop was to display a few 6′ foot tall street photography images in the windows of the Raymond John Wean Foundation. The images would’ve been subjects from my travels in various places such as Cleveland, N.Y.C., U.S.V.I.,  Atlanta and locally.

A couple of weeks before the event, I received some good news regarding a gig my team and I worked VERY hard on to win. Although we won the bid, the client needed things to start asap. Great news on the business-end, bad news for the artist in me. Having to start the gig immediately ended any prep time I would’ve had for the art show. So what to do? I’m sure the director for the Fine Art’s Council would understand but it still bothered me.

After some thought, I came up with a solution that would be a win-win for both myself and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, who had slated me for the show.

Since photography as a medium and street photography as a genre was going to be my focus for the art-hop, I proposed to the Fine Arts Council to allow me to take over their Instagram Feed and document the Art Hop from the eyes of a street photographer. In a sense, I would be creating art within an art environment. This also created a great opportunity for the Fine Arts Council by pushing ongoing content to their IG feed. The director liked the idea… so it was a go.

Overall, the event was a success. We had artist, musicians, vendors, organizations, city leaders, and guests having a good time. It’s interesting documenting this as a street photographer because you see things at a slower pace… people laughing, dancing, spending money, admiring the artist performances and of course, networking. All this activity provided great content for the Fine Art Council’s IG Feed as well as for my personal street photography work.

A few of you may have seen me totting two additional cameras and a backpack while documenting the event with my iPhone. I brought the cameras for two reasons. First, to do street photography for my personal work collection which includes the Instagram Feed, “People of the Valley” , and lastly, for the launch of my latest personal project titled “Regrets” – learn about it here. 

Below are a few images from the event. You can see many more “street photography” selects from the Art Hop here on my website. As always, thank you for reading.

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