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Lilac Festival Walk


Lilac Festival Walk


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he Lilac Festival is the first spring festival in Rochester, New York, timed to coincide with the blooming of those fragrant blossoms. The timing rarely works out perfectly, but nobody seems to mind very much. After seven months of winter, true Rochesterians keep their winter coats at the ready through the middle of May. So today’s high in the 50s was just fine. In a few days it could easily be in the 80s, and the tattooed glory of the magnificent people of this rugged northern city will be on full display. This is my fifth book about the Lilac Festival. All of the others were the results of conscious acts of photography. This one features photographs selected from just over 800 frames captured automatically by my camera on an interval timer as I walked through the festival. The Lilac Festival spreads across three distinct zones. One zone is where all the food, drink, and music happens. The second is the “arts” part of the festival, where beer, huge turkey legs, giant fried onions, and cotton candy are not available. These two commercial zones are separated by a third zone where the lilacs bloom and money does not change hands. That’s the zone where the parents seem happiest, and the children seem the most bored. Frank Cost Saturday May 12, 2018


About the Author Frank Cost is the James E. McGhee Professor of Visual Media in the School of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught a wide variety of courses in the field of visual media for more than three decades. Frank has been photographing professionally since 1975 and has authored both textbooks and experimental photobooks exploring new forms of graphic expression enabled by digital technologies. He can be contacted at frank.cost@rit.edu. To learn more about Frank Cost and RIT, visit the following URL: http://cias.rit.edu/faculty-staff/2 This book is a Fossil Press Instant Book, published on the same day as the events depicted. The photographs were selected from frames recorded automatically with a Fujifilm X-T1 camera and 18 mm lens on a one-second interval timer. The book is available from Amazon for $5.00.


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Lilac festival walk  

The Lilac Festival is the first spring festival in Rochester, New York, timed to coincide with the blooming of those fragrant blossoms. The...

Lilac festival walk  

The Lilac Festival is the first spring festival in Rochester, New York, timed to coincide with the blooming of those fragrant blossoms. The...

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