My schedule prevented me catching the official presentations at the MassMutual Center, but I captured the networking aftermath, as people with services to offer for the massive construction project mingled with casino representatives.
Clutching a sheaf of opportunities, ranging from a community college that will teach gaming skills to the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, Dave Dunaj calls a friend to share the bounty.
|Rock of Ages|
Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins listens as Mike Butler describes his view that the complex process of siting a casino is akin to a sports contest, with winners and losers. Boston-based Mr. Butler works for Coldspring, a Minnesota granite company.
|I Wish I Could Speak Spanish|
Yaitza Monger, Julio Torres and Marilyn Santana represented the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce at the event. The main focus of the MLCC is to help individuals start and manage businesses. The MLCC is also a partner with MGM and works to connect minority business owners with casino related opportunities.
|Stars and Flakes|
I then created one of my Reality-Based Abstractions, using the multiple exposure function on my digital camera. I would not have developed this technique were it not for the experimentation that digital photography affords.
The title, Checkered Past, was crowdsourced on Facebook.
Here is a digital image of Springfield in 2014. Back in Boston in 1977, I shot, developed and printed black and white film.
|Turn Back Time|
The same Springfield scene, converted to black and white. As I prowled the city streets, I remembered a three ring binder in which I collected photos and thoughts from the winter of 1977. A precursor to digital blogging, here is a sample:
Back in 2014 Springfield, I recalled this 1977 self-portrait, so I tried a new one:
As a teen, I took pictures for the pleasure of exploring and documenting my world, without thought of commerce and/or publication. Sometimes professional blinders limit creative freedom.