Ara Jo was a bright light in the community who, among a multitude of other creative and charitable endeavors, led craft workshops for Oakland Public Library with the Rock Paper Scissors Collective.
She tragically was one of the many who died in the Ghost Ship Fire in December. This exhibit at the Main Library's TeenZone Art Wall on the Second Floor will showcase her work, her collaborations and her legacy.
From intimate living rooms to the most coveted VIP lounges, I have found myself shooting in every conceivable - albeit precarious - situation a typical concert-goer finds them in. Despite shooting amongst these envelopes of energy, shooting from the troughs of a pit (circular or otherwise) gives me a moment to slow down. After 15-years experiencing these spaces, you can say I’ve learned the dance of the room; the sounds in the air predicting the waves of action so to reflect the dynamic atmosphere. Moreover, I learned that the allure of the “rockstar” is really situated in the vitality of the audience in relation to a performance.
More than an encore of my favorite of moments, “Atmospheric Conditions” is a colorful dedication to the ebb and flow of the concert experience and the art of aural adventures. ~L. Herrada-Rios