Backstory on the Pier

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Our story begins on June 30, 2011 at a sunny morning press conference at the northern most point of Rochester, NY where the Charlotte pier stretches out into Lake Ontario.   I was there to photograph Congresswoman Slaughter, and to hear the updates from the mayor and a Major Lewton from the Army Corp. of Engineers on the state of the pier.

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Standing among a pack of the usual reporters, camera in hand, I was trying to think of some way to make someone standing there talking look interesting ––always a challenge.

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As the congresswoman took to the podium, a shirtless figure came into focus heading southbound from the lakeside end of the pier pushing a shopping cart.

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Seeing the press conference blocking his path, he paused about 20 yards from the group, took a whiff of his armpits and began fishing around in his cart.

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He then produced a stick of deodorant and begin putting it on directly behind the oblivious congresswoman.  The reporters, struggling to control their laughter and move their cameras to keep him out of the shot, failed at both.  I kept shooting and ran the shot on this day five years ago in my book, Work in Rochester.

The #brandish Project | Christopher Tenerowicz | Musician

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“Calvin the dog, for the last four months, has been omnipresent whenever I’m playing guitar. It’s just nice to have a sentient nonhuman to bounce ideas off of. He’s definitely been there for the conception of a few really special things. Calvin doesn’t judge but he does look sad the whole time. Maybe that’s why all these songs sound plaintive.” —Christopher Tenerowicz | Musician

The #brandish Project | Leslie Martin | Sculptor

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This week’s #brandish portrait is of Leslie Anne Martin in the midst of her Weathering Oklahoma Project for Pyragraph.

“Weather can have a beautiful impact on metal, which is my primary medium. Being from Oklahoma, I realized how big a role the weather plays in its culture, and I want to explore how different kinds of metal react in different ways to extreme weather, just like different people react in different ways to it.” —Leslie Martin | Sculptor

The Donut Burger

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Behold – The Donut Burger. The apex of American burgermakery, the Donut Burger is a beef patty sandwiched between two glazed donuts with a slice of American cheese. Available with bacon to push the calorie count north of 1000, or the New Mexican variation with green chile, The Donut Burger is just one of the foods I am exploring this week at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.