This Saturday Farm Aid 2014 came to Raleigh, N.C., and put on quite a show. Fortunately I had the opportunity to make some images for my publication, while enjoying some great music…of people I listen to. Just wanted to share and hopefully some of the images give you a sense of what the show was like. Cheers!
Gluttony at its finest - Beer and Bacon Festival, Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary, N.C., March 29, 2014.
Richard Conroy, owner of Sweetwater, a New York ice cart specializing in ice cream and shaved ice, poses for a portrait during the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo on October 13, 2013. The rodeo encompassed 10 city blocks and stretch from the state capitol to Raleigh City Plaza, with a delectable taste for everyone.
One of my favorite things to do is to capture portraits on the streets of people I meet. It’s a very tricky thing to do to walk up to a complete stranger and ask for a photo of them. I always spark a conversation and introduce myself and try and find as much about the person before I even contemplate pressing the shutter release. There are way more “No’s” that “Yeses”. You can see more street portraits at www.westdocumentaries.com
The Wake County Domestic Violence Task Force held a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Wake County Courthouse to bring awareness to Domestic Violence on October 1, 2013. The task force was joined by Interact of Wake County, which provides support and services to those who have been a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault. October has been designated as domestic violence awareness month.
There is a sweeping shift in the way teens are using Facebook. Although Facebook is still the undisputed king of social media, a growing number of the establishing genre of Facebook’s population is slipping away to Twitter and Instagram, summarized in a recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
The report does not exactly state that teens are leaving Facebook, but it does suggest that the interests of teens are waning under burdensome pressure of maintaining a presence on the social media site. The excessive sharing of inane updates and repetitive posts keeps in line with the growing presence of adult users to culminate a brew of annoying drama. Users bend under the weight of the 35 pictures of your family at the beach on vacation or the repetitious posts about every step of your day.
While some reports would suggest that teens are not leaving Facebook, due to the increase in new user accounts opened by teens, other reports would suggest that although most accounts that have been established now remain inactive. That’s to say people open an account to have one, but rarely, if at all, interact with the platform.
Social media sites such as Pheed, Tumblr, Path and Snapchat are gaining momentum in the social media market.These relatively new players are gaining and winning a greater audience amongst teen users. In February of this year Pheed became the No.1 selling app in Apple’s App Store. It surpassed the amount of downloads posted by Facebook and Twitter in initial app store launches within a 24-hour period and continued to outperform Twitter and Facebook for well over a week. Pheed remains the No. 16 all time selling app in the Apple’s App Store.
So who seems to be driving the wave of Facebook abandonment? The largest groups are the early teens, 15, to young adults between the ages of 18-24. These are the largest demographic groups. The migration away from Facebook is being capitalized on by other social media sites advertising, “This is not your parents, grandparents or employers site,” eagerly wooing teens as the next big thing.
Although there is no overall decline in the user activity within the juggernaut known as Facebook, it is interesting to see the initial demographic groups and base supporters slowly trickle elsewhere to find digital communal comradery. It’s been this way as long as there have been parents and children. It’s cool until your parents do it too and then it’s time to move on to something new.