Frost 2018...so far. by Shawn Clark

Every August for the last 8 years, I have had the pleasure of preparing for a new season of concerts and photo shoots for the Frost School of Music. Each year presents different challenges as the Communications department reviews the images they need created and the concerts they want documented for the archive. One thing has been consistent: I am given the creative freedom to explore during most of the photo shoots. Below are some of my selects from Spring 2018. 

 

The 122nd Granddaddy of them all by Shawn Clark

It has been 30 or so years since I last attended Cheyenne Frontier Days. The last time I was there was to help my best friend, Kori, whom was competing in the barrel racing. Its been almost 25 years since I last spoke to her. Not because we had any falling out but because she went to high school a year before me and discovered, "BOYS".

This time, I attended with my parents, sisters and (very soon to be) 4 year old son. I had an amazing time watching him as he watched the bronco riding and the bull riding. But what really blew his mind was the barrel racing! I asked him later what his favorite part was and he lit up talking about how fast the horses were going and how they spun around the barrels. It was a nice twist that the winner was from our Colorado home town.

For most of these shots, my son was either on my shoulders or on my lap. While that made it hard to shoot and I certainly missed shots I would have otherwise captured, these images hold much more significance for me because he was integral to the capture and even shot a few himself (but not displayed here). 

The 122nd Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, Wyoming - July 21st, 2018

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 Bull Rider #3

Bull Rider #3

SCORE Magazine 2018 by Shawn Clark

 SCORE magazine from the Frost School of Music has been publishing many of my images for many years. This year, for the first time, one of my shots landed on the cover!

SCORE magazine from the Frost School of Music has been publishing many of my images for many years. This year, for the first time, one of my shots landed on the cover!

Chopin Festival comes to the Frost School of Musi by Shawn Clark

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Organzied by pianist, Chopin expert and Frost School of Music professor Kevin Kenner, the Frost School of Music and the U.S. Chopin Foundation are partnering to establish the 1st Frost Chopin Festival and Academy. The Academy is being held at the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus from June 25th to June 30th.

WLRN, Miami-Dade county public radio, published one of my portraits of Kevin Kenner on their website as part of a story about the Chopin Festival.

The session this particular image came from was a particularly fun and productive shot for a Frost School profile of Kevin. We shot in two locations and had a couple of students present to show some interesting interactions. The second location was the Clark Performance Hall at the Frost School of Music. During the shoot we were treated to an amazing performaing various bits of Chopin by both the students and Kevin as I shot around the piano.

 Kevin Kenner at the piano. Image by Shawn Clark

Kevin Kenner at the piano. Image by Shawn Clark

Festival Miami Salutes Dizzy’s Latin Side - Downbeat magazine by Shawn Clark

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Downbeat magazine featured several of my images from Festival Miami last year [01.26.2017]. While the story is a little dated, I came across it while searching for some more recent images that I expect to be published soon. This particular show - a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie - featured two musicians that played with Dizzy over the years: John Faddis on trumpet and Jimmy Heath on tenor saxophone.  The equation for great pictures starts with great performers. John Faddis and Jimmy Heath were amazing.... Downbeat magazine