On April 15, 2016, we went to Lansdowne, PA, to shoot the abandoned Lansdowne Theater. The Lansdowne Theater opened on June 1, 1927. While the theater was primarily a movie house, it did host live performances on its stage. Many people remember the famous Lansdowne Theater organ which originally accompanied silent movies and then was played nightly before shows and during special events. The organ was removed from the theater in the late 1970s. On July 3, 1987, during a showing of Beverly Hill Cops II, an electrical fire broke out in the basement of one of the building’s retail stores. The 100 patrons were safely evacuated from the theater, but significant damage had been done to the electrical system that serviced the auditorium. Raff and his partners continued to make repairs, but the project was never able to regain a financial footing.
One of my photographs was featured on the Broken Light Collective website. The Broken Light Collective is “comprised of photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time.”.
I started an abstract art class at the Torpedo Factory last week. The instructor is a renowned artist from India who also teaches at the Smithsonian. We are learning to use a variety of materials; so far we have worked with charcoal and pastels, which I have never worked with before. The instructor is stressing working in layers, and I am applying what we are learning to my painting at home. The class is teaching me to slow down and be mindful, to enjoy the process of creating art as it evolves. The thing I love most about creating art is that it allows me to be present, to be in the moment, and all of the cares of the world are left behind. What a gift. I am really enjoying the class, and I plan to use the concepts I learn to find new directions and approaches to my art.