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all words and photos: Ben Droz

While I expected most others to be fixated on a different party, a core group of skateboarders and photographers came to Fight Club for their Saturday night. David Alan Harvey, National Geographic and Magnum Photographer, editor of burnmagazine.org, curated and featured in work from around the world in this diverse show.

On the upstairs floor were monochromatic prints depicting drug users in Afghanistan. The pictures were eerily familiar, like they took the set and script of a homeless crackhead expose, and had the whole thing shot in Afghanistan with Opium.

On the second floor, beautiful Silver prints portrayed a day in the life of a surfer in a small island town that has become a surf destination. There were beachscapes, wave scapes, action shots, and underwater shots. An amazing show for a boarder of any kind.

On the first floor were two vibrant exhibits showing the exotic from both here and there. Michael Lloyd Young signed books as his exhibit, “Blue, Booze, and BBQ” showed that good ‘ole southern swag that exists in jazz joints, family farms, and simple stoops. The photo story captured the ups and downs of rural southern life, as well the historical footprint that it represents. Finally, David Allan Harvey featured favorites; jaw dropping travel photography from around the world.

Because of fixation, the party was , admittedly, low key. However, this gave you the time to peruse the galleries, watch skateboarders pump throughout the wooden bowl, and mingle with the dozens of photographers in attendance. After I was done skateboarding for the night (of course I brought my skateboard), I had my chance to mingle with David Allan Harvey himself, along with colleague Michael Young and guest curator Paul McDermott. I had been looking at the photos, but never had imagined that I would get to meet the photographer. I forgot to ask him good questions, like his favorite assignment or his favorite image of the night, but that didn’t really matter. His images spoke many more words than he ever could have in those two minutes.
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