Most readers of Blue Ridge Muse know that I spend a lot of time on the streets of Floyd on Friday nights, capturing the fans who enjoy the music in the warmer months of the year.
I’ve shot thousands of photos and filmed hours of the action on the streets. I try to capture people have a good time.
A new reader of Muse took me to task this week because a recent set of photos and video spotlighted a young, enthusiastic dancer whose actions on the street delighted fans and musicians but also displayed a little skin for brief seconds, which can happen in dancing in a short skirt.
The video in question was edited closely to avoid anything too revealing. I often edit photos and videos to remove anything that could be considered embarrassing but at least one reader felt that it was not edited tightly enough.
I’ve filmed and photographed her often on Friday night. She’s a good dancer and has a lot of fun at what she does well.
I film and photograph many events in and around Floyd. Interestingly, the video shot since returning to Floyd in 2004 that generated the most views on Vimeo and YouTube was a video report of a bikini and Daisy Duke contest at Black Bear Harley Davidson:
Was it too much? That, I suppose, depends on your point of view. It was shot for fun at a public event in Wytheville. Yes, it was spicier than sone videos but it was also a lot of people, young and old, having a good time. Below is the street dancing video of a couple of weeks ago in downtown Floyd:
I photograph and film people. It’s what I do.