Darkness / Light
Seeing the Light: Exhibit Gives Hope to Homeless
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Featuring Performances by Jonathan Greene (Clarinet) and Bobby Kendall (bass)
"Saratoga stories: Magic and Loss," published in June 2015 by Shires Press, takes readers on a lyrical journey through Saratoga Springs as seen through the eyes of longtime residents and newcomers alike, in a collection of short stories and photographs by award-winning journalist Thomas Dimopoulos. Fifteen stories, dozens of images and an exclusive timeline of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are woven together to tell the story of an extraordinary American city.
It was April Fool's Day 1998, and growing up in Queens, N.Y. during the 1970s, all I knew about Saratoga was learned in a four-minute tune about vanity and horses sung by Carly Simon. Armed with a reporter's notebook and a no. 2 pencil – which would survive frigid upstate winter nights and endure sweat-soaked summer days alike – the people of this extraordinary city shared their stories and filled notebook-after-notebook with their tales of the past, the circumstances of the present, and their future dreams. To date, thousands of their stories and more than one million published words have been shared which formed the basis of a newly published book, SARATOGA STORIES: MAGIC AND LOSS.
Along with the notebook and pencil - and later the laptop computer - the camera often accompanied the journey, a shotgun passenger along for the ride. Its purpose was not to validate the story, but like two musicians who perform in tandem, to collaborate with the words, provide a different perspective, tell an alternate truth, and have the independent strength to stand on its own. A shadow. A smile. The movement of a body in all its awkwardness. Or, grace. Sometimes this collaboration moved like a well-rehearsed symphony; at others, an unpredictable cacophony.
What I mostly learned was that the current flowing beneath the city held everything that had come before – all the things you can't remember and the things you can't forget, as the song goes. And to this day, it continues to flow and carry into the future a world simultaneously filled with joy and sorrow, glamour and tragedy, the words and pictures of a place of magic and loss.