SLF in DTK

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After spending the day helping makers make at the Cambridge Arts Festival last weekend, I was a little low on gas, but the intersection of the Summer Lights Festival with made-to-order summer weather got my feet on King Street in DTK. My intent was to chat with a bunch of people and I did just that. And shot a few incidental photos, too.

Above, some fire twirling/dancing at City hall in the pool.

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This isn’t exactly a named alley, coming off Young Street, but it demonstrates the social success of crunching people together to achieve a certain density at an event. Big open spaces lead to meandering; tight allies lead to exploration and meetups. Nice work.

More pics…

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Stonehenge between Kaufman and One Victoria.

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Julian was painting a rain barrel to be auctioned.

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I didn’t quite get this shot, but when the light turned there were waves of people moving east and west on King at Water. As Juanita said: it could always be this way.

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Meta-Brent.

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Hands.

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Even back here, Matt’s soul-cannon of keyboards and vocals can hit ya.

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I loved this piece by…

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Brent Wettlaufer and Al Doerksen.

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Hilary! These 4-foot high portraits of real people in WR are a delightful contrast to the giant impossibly-beautiful stock-photo people that appear in ads around town.

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Pretty healthy lineup at Agnes’ Mindful Makers tent on the right.

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Chris! SLF board member and dedicated DTK’er.

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Drew outdid himself with…

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Gertrude.

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Articulated beak and eyelids.

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What may be non-obvious is that in addition to all the making for a gig like this, Drew must train…

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so he can survive on stilts…

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for a long time.

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It was a 26-degree night of serendipitous conversations with James, Laura, Doug, Matt, Michael, Joe, Stephanie, Robert, Sarah, Craig, Hilary, Emily, Cory, Jim, nik, Melissa and more. Sometimes all we need is a reason to be in the same place at the same time.

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Night bike.

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I finally got to see Lisa Birke’s piece Bombshell that is projected across the not-Mayfair space in the evenings for CAFKA. I was always too early or too late in the evenings to catch it until SLF. Gave me a lot to think about, Lisa. Bravo! And stirred up a little controversy I hear, so that’s a good thing.

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Longer lineup to make LED badges.

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Agnes, Jen and Neil putting in their second shift in DTK after CAF. Hardcore.

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Of course I made a badge, too.

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Shooting fire is always fun…

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and challenging.

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Lots of variables to consider in the shots. Slow shutter makes nice fire blur, but also blurs the figure as well.

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Timing is everything.

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nik painted a…

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rain barrel for auction.

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Feet on King Street. It should always be this way.

This is Kitchener.

DW

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1 Response to SLF in DTK

  1. Charlène says:

    Thanks Darin for capturing some amazing moments at Summer Lights Festival. It’s a labour lot love to bring this together!

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