About the Book
When adults attend such events, they are inclined to focus on more than just having a good time. Some look forward to seeing old friends, some to meeting new friends. Some are concerned with how they will appear to others, some are more concerned how their partners act or treat them in front of others. Some attend events primarily to network, others never fully engage in the event or with the other guests, distracted by things including their mobile phones and devices.
These photos show the care the guests take in the preparation process, how guests engage (or do not engage) one another, and convey how the guests feel about themselves, the other guests and the event itself. Viewers see themselves, their friends, and maybe even those they love to hate, in this book.
My first was Nikon handed down to me with a single Nikkor 50mm, at about f/3.2. Shortly thereafter I began taking photos of all sorts of things. Perhaps arising from education in engineering, I became interested in composition, shapes and colors, with less regard for the objects that carried them. Later, perhaps in response to further education in religion and philosophy, I became more interested in juxtapositions and relationships of what might be thought of as incongruous objects and situations. I first sold a custom "R-Print" years ago, and it is still a favorite image of mine. ("Onion, Radish, Egg," my icon and at www.elimagenero.com.) I now create fine art prints under the name El Imagenero, which are sold in galleries, through designers, and which are offered online. My work is not limited to any particular subject matter, although some viewers tend to focus on one or another theme and then tell me that the subjects on which they focus are the best and most interesting.