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Salt Lake Gallery Stroll

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll., originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

Carole and her friends decided to do the monthly Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll and I volunteered as chauffeur. If you actually get out onto the streets of downtown Salt Lake, it’s actually a pretty interesting place. The girls had a great plan, including Blazing Needles (a bit east of downtown), UTah Hands and more.

The monthly stroll links dozens of downtown galleries. But as I dropped the ladies by the Convention Center, I saw a Facebook post from a friend about a Holga exhibit at a nearby photo gallery.

In today’s digital world, the unassuming Holga is the epitome of a simpler, analog world. It has only a few simple settings, a fixed focal length lens and, yes, it takes film – old fashioned 120 film.

But while today’s digital photographer fine tunes intricate computerized settings, the creative Holga photographer experiments with the simplistic settings to create amazing works on art onto small, square photographic prints.

The exhibit at the Saans Photography on Broadway amazing. And it was clearly the hit of the opening Friday night Broadway Stroll as hundreds and hundreds of Utahns took advantage of a warm summer night (rare) and the Chowtruck around the corner. Third South and Second East was abuzz with activity.

If you get a chance, check out the Friday night Broadway Stroll the third Friday of the month this summer.

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It’s the Cowboy Way

It’s the cowboy way! Riders in the Sky perform on Pioneer Day in Layton, UT (Tom Kelly)

We have always loved cowboy bands, and no one does it better than Riders in the Sky. What a wonderful evening it was, under the stars and stormy skies, in the Ed Kenley Ampitheater in Layton, Utah, celebrating Pioneer Days.


SUNDANCE: Reporter

To most Sundance audiences, I suspect Eric Daniel Metzgar’s Reporter is the emotional story of human tragedy in Central Africa. But the journalist in me sees it more as a showcase for the changing face of media in our world today. Either way, it offers a deep, sometimes dark, look into today’s global challenges.

SUNDANCE: Earth Days

We’ve all had those moments when we think back in time and say, ‘If only I had …’ There’s a pivotal point in Robert Stone’s environmental documentary Earth Days when one of the lead characters exclaims, ‘We’ve wasted 30 years.’ Whether it’s a valid point or not is debatable. But as you hear from nine leaders of the early environmental movement in the Sundance Film Festival’s closing premier, you are clearly struck with the thought, ‘What did I do to help? And, what can I do now?’

Sundance: It Might Get Loud

If you’ve been alive the last few decades and have even the slightest memory of your favorite rock band and the life the electric guitar brought to the music, watching It Might Get Loud will be 97 of the best spent minutes of your life.


Sundance: New Frontier Shorts

First of all, I’m a big believer of having respect for artists’ creativity. So I stayed for the full hour-and-a-half. And in the Q&A when several of those still remaining expressed great excitement about the three films, I appreciated knowing that there was some art form. But a day later, I’m still trying to figure out what we really saw at the New Frontier Shorts.