24 Hours of Art 2014


This past August I was privileged to join The Vintage to document their annual “24 Hours of Art” event, which brings together a large number of community artists to celebrate and share their craft non-stop from noon on Saturday through to noon on Sunday.  This year the arts community was well-represented by a wide range of visual artists, musicians, poets, performers, and actors.


Simple Clicks – 24 Hours of Art Promos


Back in early August I shot a series of promotional portraits for The Vintage’s “24 Hours of Art” event. As part of the event programming, participating artists were invited to the session for a series of portraits – we kept it simple, shooting on The Vintage’s stage and then against a standard white backdrop.


Promotional Shoot – RXV

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The very best photo shoots are the ones where the photographer, client, and talent are all completely in sync and the images coming out of the camera are spot-on, there’s real collaboration going on, and everyone is having fun. To be realistic, it’s the sort of ideal shoot – almost a nirvana – that’s hard to reach, but it’s an ideal that I always aim for. And when it works like that, it’s great.


The Roving Photographer Art Show

Some news from my other website, where I share my personal work and talk photography:

One of the images that I'll have printed for First Friday.

Just one of the images that will be on display during First Friday.

The Roving Photographer – local photographer Brent Pennington presents a collection of his personal work, which focuses on nature and landscape photographs from his adopted home here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Printed in a variety of mediums including canvas and metal, the images represent Pennington’s vision, his interpretation of NEPA’s natural areas, wildlife, and conservation efforts through which he roams.


TLCPoV Outtakes

BRENT PENNINGTON Kelly Farrell, Emily Maier, & April Holgate pose for the promotional shoot of "The Last Cocktail Party of Venus," held at The Vintage on the evening of 09 July 2013.

TLCPoV – which is the short way of saying “The Last Cocktail Party of Venus” – is coming up fast!  I shared some photos from the promo shoot in the original post a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to share some of the outtakes from the session as well.


Caroline Smith @ The Vintage

BRENT PENNINGTON "Caroline Smith" plays at The Vintage in downtown Scranton on the evening of 27 May 2013.

So was I rocking out in downtown Scranton, over Memorial Day weekend?  Heck yes!  (Yeah, I know, I’m only about six weeks late here…but getting back on track.)

Anyway, I was back at The Vintage – which is pretty much my go-to hotspot in town – Mandy and I hung out for the night’s concert, which featured “Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps.”  And they were awesome – what a voice, what a sound!  I’m not entirely sure what genera they fall into, I guess sort of a soulful, modern folk sound, and they’re well worth checking out.


And that’s a wrap

BRENT PENNINGTON The cast of "Pride & Prejudice" poses together on the set following their third successful performance.  11 May 2013

And this is it, the last batch from what has been an amazing eight-week adventure. This happens with all big projects, the sudden, startling realization that it’s over and the sense of emptiness that goes with it. There’s a whole mix of emotions: the joy of having created so many great images, pride in a job well done, a sense of comradery with the cast and crew, and a sadness that we won’t be working together any longer.


“Pride & Prejudice”

BRENT PENNINGTON Scenes from The Vintage's production of "Pride & Prejudice" captured during the dress rehearsal on 09 May 2013.

Without further ado, I simply want to introduce the photos of “Pride & Prejudice” itself. I don’t think I really have to say anything about them; the dedication, hard work, and outstanding performances by the actors and crew really say it all!


Some random images from “Pride & Prejudice”

BRENT PENNINGTON Cast members from The Vintage's production of "Pride & Prejudice" take to the streets of downtown Scranton during 1st Friday to promote the show on the evening of 03 May 2013.

“Pride & Prejudice” opened to a packed house and the first three performances went off without a hitch. They’re taking a break during the week and will run the second set of three performances on Friday and Saturday – so if you haven’t gotten down to see it yet, this is your last chance!


“Pride & Prejudice” featured in the Times-Tribune

Times-Tribune - P&P Article

“Pride & Prejudice” got a great write-up in Scranton’s Times-Tribune this morning. The article explored the facets of the show, including its move to the 1960s and the challenges that come with writing a new script while remaining true to the message and nature of the original Austen work.

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