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Image of the Week for 01-19-15: It's Park Anywhere Day!
It’s Park Anywhere Day!

Image of the Week for 01-12-15

Image of the Week for 01-12-15: Peeeeeeeeeecan Praaaaaaaaaaaaaaalines
Peeeeeeeeeecan Praaaaaaaaaaaaaaalines

Image of the Week for 01-05-15

Image of the Week for 01-05-15: Falling Gas Prices Reach New Low
These recent falling gas prices are starting to get a little ridiculous …

(Yes, I know that this is obviously an error, but still …)

Image of the Week for 12-29-14

Image of the Week for 12-29-14: Bridge Lights
Panoramic of the Christmas Lights on the Church Street Bridge

Image of the Week for 12-22-14

Image of the Week for 12-22-14: Classic Cameras on a Shelf
Classic Cameras

Image of the Week for 12-15-14

Image of the Week for 12-15-14: The Real U of L
Seen at Target in Lafayette, Louisiana: T-shirts bearing the logos of Louisiana State University next to a display of shirts for the University of Louisville? As in Louisville, Kentucky? It might seem odd (although not completely implausible) that there are Louisville fans in south Louisiana, but the more likely explanation is that whoever was ordering fan merchandise at the store probably accidentally checked off the box for “U of L” thinking that it was for “University of Louisiana-Lafayette” …

Image of the Week for 12-08-14

Image of the Week for 12-08-14: Smile!
Big Smile for the Camera

Taken at the Lafayette Science Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana.

The Tri-X Files S2E14: December 4-6, 1984 (Roll 84_32)

In my four years of high school, I took a lot of photos: As a contributing photographer for the school newspaper, as the creator of the “Band Yearbook,” and as an obsessive historian. The majority of these photos were taken using Tri-X 400 speed black and white film, which I developed and printed in the school art room. Now, 30 years later, armed with a negative scanner, I am attempting to reproduce every single Tri-X photo that I took in my sophomore year high school, and to document the events surrounding those photos. This is Season Two of The Tri-X Files, presenting photos taken almost exactly to the day, 30 years ago.


Episode #14: “Three Busy Days (or ‘When Tanya Finally Got Tired of Being Photographed All the Time’)”

(Remember, you can click on any of the photos in this entry to see the image in a larger view in the Flickr set)

Tri-X Files 84_32 Contact Sheet (edited)
The first week of December in 1984 was a busy one for the members of the Model High School Band. The annual Winter Concert was looming in the following week on Wednesday, December 12, but before then, they also had to perform as the Pep Band at the first home game for the Boys Varsity Basketball Team on Tuesday, December 4. The events of December 4, 5 and 6 were captured on the first 10 frames of Roll 84_32; the final 11 shots of this roll took place on December 7 and will be covered in Episode #16.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1984:
Gymnasium, Interior, Upper Level 83_05.01 - Model Pep Band
The Pep Band always set up in the balcony of the Shirley Kearns Gymnasium, occupying all of the rows on the righthand side, next to that door in the wall.  The photo on the left is from 2007 while the photo on the right shows the Pep Band in their section in December of 1983.

Tri-X Files 84_32.03a: Aaron Being Menacing
The percussionists always occupied the front row of Pep Band, with the majority of the space occupied by one person on the drum set (Aaron, in the photo above), a second on the bass drum, and a third on the bells (usually Keith). The flutes and the clarinets sat on the next two rows, and then the remaining rows were usually filled out with everybody else sitting pretty much wherever they wanted to.

Tri-X Files 84_32.02a: The Rest of the Pep Band
Here is the rest of the Pep Band, where we can see a trumpet player, a saxophone player, and a flute player all mixed together. The only other rule was that the lower brass, particularly the trombones, sat in the back row, and no one sat in front of them because of their slides.

Tri-X Files 84_32.04a: Tanya and Shay at Pep Band Tri-X Files 84_32.05: The Cheerleader and the Clarinet Player
This was the first home game of the basketball season for the boys teams, and so the Girls Varsity Cheerleaders (who usually cheered for the Girls Basketball Team) were invited to cheer for the Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team (as it was a double header with both JV and Varsity Teams).  Tanya, our first chair clarinet player and member of the Girls Varsity Cheerleading squad, did double duty that evening, both in her role as cheerleader and band member.

Tri-X Files 84_32.06a: Me and Shay at Pep Band
Tanya, annoyed at the number of photos that I had been taking of her for the past year, demanded kindly requested that she be allowed to take a photo of me; you can see her reaching for the camera in the previous photo above.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1984:
Tri-X Files 84_32.07a: Mr. Schubert Drops In
It was the day before the Winter Concert and the High School Band’s rehearsal was politely interrupted with a surprise appearance by Mr. Schubert, the Band Director from 1975-1982 and whom Mr. Stephens preceded.  Mr. Schubert had since retired and made his living repairing musical instruments.  He was making a delivery that afternoon and decided to drop in.  This particular photo is of special significance because it is the only photo of my two Band Directors in the same place at the same time.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1984
Tri-X Files 84_32.08a: Mr. Stephens in Action
It is the day of the Winter Concert and all of the chairs and music stands from the Band Room have been moved onto the stage of Edwards Auditorium, the assembly hall inside Model Lab School, and one last “dress rehearsal” was held onstage.  This particularly dynamic shot of Mr. Stephens is one of my favorite “action” photos of him, taken from my viewpoint on the stage.

Tri-X Files 84_32.09a: Peering Over the Stand at Keith and Pam
Shot of Keith and Pam, taken over the edge of my music stand, onstage during rehearsals before the concert. I’m not exactly sure WHY Keith is sitting in the front row next to Pam, since he was a percussionist and normally sat in the back row … unless, of course, he was looking for any excuse to get to sit next to his girlfriend …

Tri-X Files 84_32.09b: Meena and Stephen
Shot of Meena and Stephen, onstage during the last rehearsal before the Winter Concert.

Tri-X Files 84_32.10: Grumpy Tanya
Shot of Tanya, onstage during the last rehearsal before the Winter Concert. She looks rather grumpy; perhaps she WAS getting a little tired of all the photographs I was shooting of her. Oh, well …


IN THE NEXT EPISODE (to be posted on Sunday, December 7, 2014): The 1984 Winter Concert!


The photos that were featured in this episode can be seen in this Flickr set with additional commentary as well as images that were not featured in this episode. As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

Tri-X Files Uncut: A separate set featuring all of the original scans from this roll, uncropped and unaltered, in their full frame glory.  Here is the set for this roll.

Season One of the Tri-X Files, featuring photos from my freshman year of high school, can be found at this link.

The Tri-X Files website.

Image of the Week for 12-01-14

Image of the Week for 12-01-14: Getting Ahead
Customer brought in the two photos on the left and explained that the ladies in the top photo had their heads cut off in the bottom photo, and wanted to know if there was some way to take their heads from the top photo and put them on their bodies in the bottom photo?

Yeah, sure, I guess so.

The Tri-X Files S2E13: December 1, 1984 (Roll 84_31)

In my four years of high school, I took a lot of photos: As a contributing photographer for the school newspaper, as the creator of the “Band Yearbook,” and as an obsessive historian. The majority of these photos were taken using Tri-X 400 speed black and white film, which I developed and printed in the school art room. Now, 30 years later, armed with a negative scanner, I am attempting to reproduce every single Tri-X photo that I took in my sophomore year high school, and to document the events surrounding those photos. This is Season Two of The Tri-X Files, presenting photos taken almost exactly to the day, 30 years ago.


Episode #13: “Holiday Parade 1984″

(Remember, you can click on any of the photos in this entry to see the image in a larger view in the Flickr set)

Although not essential, it is recommended that you read the previous episode before reading this one.

Tri-X Files 84_31 Contact Sheet

Saturday, December 1, 1984. The annual Richmond Holiday Parade, held on the first Saturday in December, kicking off the holiday season. And the last performance for the Model High School Marching Band for 1984, ending a marching season that had seen some improvement over the course of the past few months for a young band that contained almost as many Middle School Band Members as there were High School Band Members. Once again, since I was one of those band members, I had to entrust Mr. Stephens with my camera to take the photos that I planned to use in both the school newspaper and the Band Yearbook Project.

Tri-X Files 84_31.02a: Warming Up in the Combs Lot
The route of the parade was exactly the same as the one from the EKU Homecoming Parade. We lined up on the EKU campus and came out of the Combs parking lot, proceeded down Lancaster Avenue until it intersected with Main Street, and then continued down Main Street and through downtown Richmond until the end at Collins Street.  Nothing new.  The only major difference between this parade and the last one was that it was a bright and sunny morning as opposed to a gloomy and foggy one.

Tri-X Files 84_31.01: Bass Drummer and The Duck Tri-X Files 84_31.01a: Bass Drummer and The Duck
Neal and the unofficial band mascot, The Duck, were ready to get started.

Tri-X Files 84_31.03: Waiting for the Parade to Start
Ready to go. To the far right is the best and clearest shot of the Mystery Band Member, a flute player who was not a regular member of the band and whose only appearances has been during the parades.  I have no recollection as to the identity of this performer, and if anyone does, please let me know.

Tri-X Files 84_31.04a: Joe Keeps Everyone in Line
The parade begins as the band marches onto Lancaster Avenue. In this shot, it would appear that Joe is giving Guy a lecture about staying in step, as Guy’s inability to remain in step had been a running joke throughout the entire semester.  He seems to be okay, for now.  Joe, on the other hand, looks like he is being really bossy.  C”mon, Joe, you aren’t Drum Major … yet.

Tri-X Files 84_31.05a: Parade Route at the Intersection of Lancaster and Barnes Mill
The band comes to a temporary halt at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Barnes Mill Road and this shot gives a nice view of the entire band in formation as well as some of the other participants in the parade.  There is also a brief view of the old service station that sat at the corner of the intersection to the far right, which has changed hands and appearances numerous times in the past thirty years.

Note that the banner is being carried by one person, seventh grader Mike (the younger brother of our sole tuba player, Kurt).  You might be wondering why the band needed two people to carry the banner in previous parades, but then you should also notice that the banner that Mike is carrying is a smaller banner; the one carried in previous parades was a different one, and much wider.

Tri-X Files 84_31.06a: First Methodist Church Float
The First Methodist Church float. It is entirely possible that Mr. Stephens took this photo because his daughter, Susan, was on this float, but if she is, I don’t think she is on the side that was facing the camera, because I cannot pick her out of the group. If I had to guess, I would say she is the sixth head from the left, facing the other side. I never printed or published this photo until now.

Tri-X Files 84_31.08a: Lance Does the Moonwalk
Here’s a nice wide shot of Lancaster Avenue and the entire band. However, for the Band Yearbook, I cropped and enlarged just the Drum Major from this shot and added the caption “Lance does the moonwalk,” so I never really knew how good a photo I had, until now.

Tri-X Files 84_31.09: Everyone Almost Exactly in Step
Hey look, off the side, on the far left of the frame, it’s a very rare shot of Mrs. Stephens, walking alongside the band with her husband.

Tri-X Files 84_31.10a: Crossing the Drumsticks Tri-X Files 84_31.10b: Crossing the Drumsticks
Here, Aaron and Ricky, the two snare drummers, demonstrate their rhythmic skills and coordination by tapping each other’s drumsticks during this segment of the marching cadence. It was a very neat little trick and fun to watch, but not very many people in the crowd ever really noticed.

Tri-X Files 84_31.12a: Marching Past Irvine-McDowell Park
Another great shot of the band in motion, as the band passed Irvine-McDowell Park.

Tri-X Files 84_31.14a: MHS Band in front of the Fire Station (1/5)
Once the band turned onto Main Street and started to march towards the downtown area, Mr. Stephens positioned himself in front of the fireplace and took a series of five shots, capturing each row of the marching band. Here are the rest of those shots:

Tri-X Files 84_31.15a: MHS Band in front of the Fire Station (2/5)

Tri-X Files 84_31.16a: MHS Band in front of the Fire Station (3/5)

Tri-X Files 84_31.17a: MHS Band in front of the Fire Station (4/5)

Tri-X Files 84_31.18a: MHS Band in front of the Fire Station (5/5)

Tri-X Files 84_31.19a: Past the Bar and the Liquor Store and the VW Repair Place
This shot was taken one block after the courthouse, when the road started to significantly slope downhill.  It is significant due to the landmarks in the background: J. Sutter’s Mill (a bar), a Volkswagon repair place, and Big Daddy Liquor, all classic businesses from downtown Richmond.  None of these places exist any more.

Tri-X Files 84_31.20a: The Turn at Main and Collins Street

Tri-X Files 84_31.21a: The Marching Band in Front of Ernie's
Also no longer in existence is Ernie’s Liquor & Beer Emporium, at the corner of Main and Collins Street, where the parade terminated.  That sign was a classic.

And then, the parade was over. We trudged back to the Band Room where we put away our instruments and uniforms (we would still need both of these items in the coming week). We had survived another marching season. But there was always next year …


IN THE NEXT EPISODE (to be posted on Friday, December 5, 2014): Pep Band! And the final rehearsals leading up to the Winter Concert. And then, two days later, a bonus episode (to be posted on Monday, December 8, 1984), covering the aforementioned Winter Concert.


The photos that were featured in this episode can be seen in this Flickr set with additional commentary as well as images that were not featured in this episode. As always, you can click on any of the images above for a larger view at the Flickr site.

Tri-X Files Uncut: A separate set featuring all of the original scans from this roll, uncropped and unaltered, in their full frame glory.  Here is the set for this roll.

Season One of the Tri-X Files, featuring photos from my freshman year of high school, can be found at this link.

The Tri-X Files website.

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