It was my privilege to participate in an open mic night this weekend.
Longtime readers might recall that from 2017 through 2019, I participated in an open mic night on the first Monday of every month. I made some new friends, and saw many old friends, and got very comfortable reading my creative writing and showing my photos.
I was sad when that ended, and although I got a chance or two to participate occasionally in the years that followed, I really missed it.
So I was very enthusiastic when I heard of another open mic event in my area, hosted by Kind Origins Cannabis.
One reason I was sorry to see it go was that I used reading to my audience as motivation to polish my work.
As usual, and since it is my nature, I ended up making most of the photographs of the night. I made a point to shoot them in an entirely different style than my newspaper work, using my Lumix 4/3 mirrorless and a 1960s-era Minolta 58mm f/1.4 in black-and-white.
I was also very much reminded of a one-time open mic I joined in October 2020, The Esoteric Verse (link). I wish we had more of these kinds of events.