And we’re back!



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What started as a website upgrade turned into a lot more!  (That seems to happen a lot…)  But at any rate, after a long absence from the web, I’m back and the site is live once more.  I’m still making photos, still looking for clients, and still in love with shooting portraits that really capture the essence of my subjects.

So please bear with me if a few things on the site still aren’t working quiet right – I’ll be fine-tuning and adding finishing touches over the next couple of weeks.

The Moth Project



BRENT PENNINGTON "The Moths Project" opening at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 07 December 2012.

I am very excited to share some images from the opening of The Moth Project at The Vintage this past Friday night!

The Moth Project is an annual event benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation, and runs under the motto “Keep hope alive.” On their website, The Vintage describes it as: “The Moth Project is a visual exhibit which combines the unique talents of various artists to create a synergetic installation. “The Moth” is our symbol of hope, ever chasing after the “light” of truth. Featuring the work of Brian Craig, John Bert, Katie Trott, Theresa O’Connor, Constance Denchy, Heidi Van Leuven, and Brent Pennington.”

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My photo is on a postcard!



Got a wonderful email from the folks at the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation the other day; I entered their photo contest back in the spring and won first place in the outdoor category with a photo of Lackawanna Lake during the Halloween snowstorm in 2011.

Well, turns out that PPFF liked the image so much, they used it on their holiday postcards! I received an envelope in the mail a few days later with a handful of postcards that they were kind enough to send me – that’s the scanned image above.

I’m thrilled – what a kickoff to the holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving



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Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year. It’s dedicated to friends and family, to being at home where it’s warm and comfortable, enjoying company and telling stories. There’s some carrying on and always laughter.

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The Vinage’s Grand Opening



The young, hip, and artistic congregate in The Vintage Theater, Entertainment Venue, & Cafe on Spruce Street in downtown Scranton.  Friday, 14 September 2012, marked The Vintage's grand opening at their new location.

Just a few captures from the grand opening of The Vintage in downtown Scranton. Previously known as the Vintage Theater, it’s a local performance space, entertainment venue, and cafe and simply one of the coolest places in the downtown. Owners Conor and Theresea have put a lot of hard work into setting up their new space and it shows – it’s a beautiful venue on the ground floor of the old Hotel Jermyn. It’s got real character and a real comfortable, relaxed feel.

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I won a contest!



Click the image above to read NEPA BlogCon’s post, featuring all the contest winners.  You can also check out my post about it on my other blog: I won a contest | The Roving Photographer.

Railfest 2012



Engines on the tracks at Railfest at Steamtown NHS during Labor Day weekend, 01 September 2012.

La Festa Italiana coincided with Railfest at Steamtown NHS, so we walked over and checked it out.  I’m not a train fanatic, but I have a deep appreciation for them.  The era of steam locomotives was one of incredible technological feats.  They were huge and complicated, both built and controlled entirely without the electronics we depend on today.  Everything was mechanical.  There’s something remarkable about that – a true feat of engineering.

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La Festa Italiana 2012



The Electric City sign during La Festa Italiana, held on the courthouse square in Scranton, PA, each Labor Day Weekend.  01 September 2012.

Oh, La Festa. That weekend of ethinic gluttony that we wait for each summer. Almost a hundred vendors, an entire city block comprised of nothing but Italian sausage and peppers, pasta, potato pancakes, and baked goods of every kind and description.  All of downtown smells like a delicious mix of onions & fried food.  You have to make a full circuit around the square just to decide which stand you want to buy from, and then hope you can remember which it was in the first place!  There’s something almost ceremonial about it.

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First Friday Jazz Festival



Last Friday night was the kickoff to Scranton’s Jazz Festival, beginning with a rocking (is that the right term for jazz-centric bands?) First Friday downtown.  It’s been at least a year since we went down to First Friday, although I’m not entirely sure why, since it’s really a nice time.  The downtown is lively and there’s no shortage of things to do, or see.  Especially when it’s part of a bigger event.

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Yeah, it’s another redesign



Sorry for the down-time, all.  The site just went through another redesign (as I’m sure you already noticed).  Apparently you’re supposed to do them every 18-24 months – at least that’s what I hear from the web-industry folks who are in the know.  I think this was my second within six months, and maybe even less…  But I’m back, the site’s back, and I’m much happier with it.

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