Project 52 - Week 15
Title: Her Eyes Were Watching Galas
Time: Saturday, April 6 at 7:58 p.m.
Covering the “Black Tie” scene in Sarasota is pretty intense. Some of these folks are at events every. single. night. I kid you not. Luncheons, galas, parties, dinners, auctions, fests, fundraisers - you name it.
During “season”, our term for when all the snowbirds invade our precious oasis for 6-7 months, is when black tie events really get out of control. There can be three big events all on one night and people have to chose where they will go. I’m sure if you are one of those people who gets invited to these shindigs it involves a lot of politicking and strategizing to decide where you will go on a night with so many events. I know couples who will split for the night and one will go to one event while the other attends another.
Being on the scene of these events and not really being a part of them but just working them is a weird experience in itself. I mean what 20-something girl spends her Friday and Saturday nights photographing people in gowns that cost more than her monthly rent all while wearing some sort of dress/skirt/former bridesmaid dress? People usually like having their photos taken and someone is usually running around making sure all the “right” people have their photos taken (chairs of the events, important donors, big wigs in the community). This season I’ve pretty much met all the big wigs of Sarasota and by this point can usually write their names down without having to ask for spelling (and some of these names aren’t easy ones).
Last night was a fun event at Selby Gardens (a gorgeous place by the way) and I even got to feed camels. Yes, camels were hired to be at this event. People were dressed to the theme ‘Midnight at the Oasis’, so it was little more fun to photograph since people weren’t just in suits and ties and ball gowns.
But like the servers handing out drinks, setting the tables and passing out little taste treats - I too was working. Snap snap snap. Making sure I got all the right people. People are getting to know me a little by now, but it’s not like I am someone they want to hang with or chat up or buy a drink. I’m working. I have no time to talk even if I wanted to because I need to get my shots and run back to my apartment and get these photos up ASAP so people can see them in the morning and possibly buy them from the website.
My eyes, my camera and my notepad are my tools and hopefully those who I photograph like the photos. I don’t usually know. No one says anything. Too many other events happen and I take photos of some of these folks weekly, sometimes multiples times in one week! Half the time they don’t even remember if I took their photo or not. But these eyes are watching and waiting to take those photos. See you all at the next event.
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