Saturday, August 21, 2010

All Skokie Photo Project's photo fun at the Backlot Bash

All Skokie Photo Project's Picture #1, severely cropped

The Skokie Backlot Bash will be more than bands, rides, food and movies this year.

The All Skokie Photo Project's Picture #1, the big group photo taken at the Festival of Cultures in May, will be on display at the Skokie Heritage Museum, 8031 Floral Ave., 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29.  Maybe you remembering me writing about this picture which launched the Project earlier this year.

At 50 inches wide and 30 inches high, approx. 300 people are in the picture, including the Mayor George Van Dusen, Jan Schakowsky, Lou Lang, Beth Coulson, Howard Meyer, Krishna Goyal, Scott Holtz, Ann Tennes, Janet Rosenberg, Jim Szczepaniak, Norman Kozak, Julia Clarke, Bill Schmidt, Bill Novello, Jin Lee, Ken Grossman, Roy Swenson, Svetlana Kramarova, David Battaglin, Omprakash Kamaria, Rich Reeder, Jelly Carandang, Joel Farber, Nora Cotter, Mark Adler, Jenna Dodson, Paul Pitalis, Nanciann Gatta, Louie Posey, Robert Yuen, Mary Recchia, Leah Raffe, Matthew Robins, Jason Block and so many others who make Skokie what it is today and friends.

This will be the first public display of this picture. The Village's Janelle Silva gave the picture a "Wow!".

Other photos made since the launch will be on display too.  

Lasting Memories, the portrait and wedding studio in downtown Skokie, will be shooting for the Project on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon each day. They'll be making free prints for everyone who poses. Even those who've already had their picture made for the Project are invited to come get another one made.

The All Skokie Photo Project will also be making two other large group pictures during the Bash. I expect it will be me shooting the picture of the audience just before the screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Skokie Theatre on Saturday night. Another picture will be made from the main stage at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday.

All are invited to shoot pictures of the fun at the Bash and submit them to the All Skokie Photo Contest to possibly win a year's worth of cookies from Sweet Atilla's and for potential inclusion in the Skokie Historical Society's photo archives. If you don't have a camera, you can check one out from the Skokie Public Library.

The All Skokie Photo Project is updating the world on what Skokie is about now, at the beginning of the 21st Century, through photographs and the stories that go with them. This year-long project aims to make (or collect) pictures of everyone that makes Skokie what it is today. Inclusivity and creativity in all aspects of this project are key to its success. Contact me at to discuss yours or your organization's ideas.

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