Don’t Miss Out On This Musical Extravaganza

Attention all choir junkies! The Delaware Community Choir is well on its way to the opening of its spring 2014 performance “Love is in the Air”This heart melting performance will include Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Song Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms, along with a special feature from Erin Petrella & T.C. Kincer, who will be playing together with four hands on one piano! You don’t want to miss that! The concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 4 at St. Peter’s Church on 45 West Winter Street. There will be two showings, one at 3pm and one at 5. Tickets can be ordered using the forum at delawarechorus.org and are $10.00 each. Definitely worth the price! Below is a sneak-peek of what can be expected at this upcoming performance including an interview with Director Daniel Hursey and a video of one of the choir rehearsing some of the songs they will be performing. Save the date!

Allow me to introduce to you Director Daniel Hursey in an interview I conducted with him last Monday about the upcoming performance

Q: What is to be expected at this upcoming concert?

Hursey: Since we’ve had such a long, drawn out winter, I trust the music we will be singing at this program will be a delightful segue into spring. The songs are a variety of love songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Johannes Brahms, to name a few.

Q: What type or selection of music does the choir usually sing and why?

Hursey: We are quit an eclectic group which includes a wide range of choral literature which has been written over the ages. Each piece can be educational to the chorister and singing a variety of literature is a good way to educate them

Q:  Who is the choir’s audience? What do you think the audience enjoys most when the choir performs?

Hursey: Our audience is also eclectic. We attempt to reach out to all ages, but I fear it is a mostly maturer age we are reaching. I wish younger folks would give us a chance as I truly know many would love the music we are singing. I think our audience probably enjoys the lighter fair when it comes to repertoire. However, this concert feature a grand piano being played by four hands, an experience some audience members may not have heard. I believe they also enjoy when we include chamber orchestra as we have with Mozart and Haydn selections or quest soloists/organists.

Q: Does the choir participate in other events or activities together other than singing?

Hursey: We do like a good party. Usually after a concert we have a get together to watch the video of it. These are often potluck affairs. In the fall we host a patron/donor dinner which is held in my home. It is our way of thanking them for their support.

Q: What are some of the most critical choices/decisions you have to make as a director when it comes to preparing for a concert?

Hursey: I have three criteria which I follow. One is I must like the music we sing or it would be no fun to teach it. Secondly, I try to select literature which ost of the choristers will enjoy and something which will aid them in growing more musical. Thirdly, I want the audience to enjoy the selections and this is one reason our literature is so varied.

Q: Where are some of the places the choir has performed at?

Hursey: Our two main concerts, December and May, are sung at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. However, we have performed at both Willowbrook South and at Delaware Run. We have gone to Sarah Moore Home, the Council for Older Adults, Friendship Village, Columbus, Grady Hospital for their annual tree lighting event as well as caroling during December First Friday in downtown Delaware, the annual Handbell Concert in November, and recently the Ecumenical service on Good Friday at St. Mary’s.

Q: How did the Delaware Community Choir come about? Who started it and why?

Hursey: Since I have only been with the group for five years, this is a difficult answer. The chorus was formed in 1969. I believe, until recently, the rehearsals took place at Sanborn Hall on the OWU campus. We now rehearse, perform, and have our music library at St. Peters.

Q: Tell me about some of the members of the choir, how do they differ from each other? What types of backgrounds do they come from?

Hursey: We have business women and men, moms, lawyers, doctors, and teachers to name a few. Sometimes I wonder why it all works, but it most assuredly does and it comes out in their deep love and joy of singing.

Q: Why do you enjoy being director? What is your experience with music?

Hursey: I love singing and choral music and sharing the beauty of both. I have probably worked with choirs for nearly 50 years, but this group is definitely one of the best. They are just tops to me. My background is teaching at the elementary level for 30 years. During that time, I was a chorister in various organizations , plus, always had a church position as an organist. Probably my two biggest thrills were playing a half organ recital at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City and taking my children’s choir to sing during the lunch hour at Trinity Church, Wall Street, again in New York.

Q: And lastly, what are your hopes for the choir in the future? Where do you see it going and how do you plan on getting there?

Hursey: My hoe is we can continue to grow as a choral organization and that we will begin attracting younger voices to our organization. Otherwise, it will eventually be a thing of the past. I have always enjoyed doing outreach in a community which includes singing for various organizations both gratis and for a fee. My dream is to take the entire group to either Connecticut or Switzerland. We have been invited to both locations. Money and time is always the drawback, but the Universe works in mysterious ways, and I know it will eventually occur.

If you’re not falling in love with this local choir already, you will after watching the video below. Sit back and enjoy! But don’t miss the performance!

Buehler’s Takes the Panera Way

As a growing city, Delaware has been experiencing many new businesses and restaurants coming in and out of the town. For Buehler’s Groceries, it’s been a bit of a struggle to keep customers coming through the doors for the past couple of years.

However, a solution has been proposed. Covelli Enterprises has ground-leased an outlet of 1.3 acres in front of Buehler’s for a new Panera Bread building. Buehler’s has asked for this rezoning request in order to proceed with the construction of three commercial buildings that would sit on West Central Avenue in front of Buehler’s existing location. Buehler’s director of construction and maintenance, Becky Foster, has stated that three buildings will be constructed as they are leased, starting with a corner lot already spoken for by Panera. Since the Panera agreement includes terms that deter Buehler’s from contracting with another restaurant, the other buildings will house retail shops.

“We’re struggling in Delaware,” Foster said. “We want to stay in this community, but we’ve got to fight.” It’s no secret that Buehler’s over the years has been competing with other grocery stores such as Kroger’s for their customers. Buehler’s hopes that this plan with Panera will increase its business and attract more retail stores. Hayes Sophomore, Peyton Ennis, whose family has lived just around the corner from Buehler’s for years doesn’t even go inside the store very often. “Every now and then we get something there, but we usually do our shopping at Kroger’s,” Ennis said. Foster says that if Buehler’s doesn’t do something to increase their sales, they may be forced to leave Delaware.

So what will come out of these new restaurants and stores being built? One concern that has risen is the issue of traffic. A traffic study conducted by Traffic Engineering Inc. showed that between 10,000 and 13,000 cars travel in the West Central Avenue area each day, with the peak times between 7-9am and 5-6pm. Preliminary development plans show that work related to the three outlots could include completion of a sidewalk along West Central Avenue as well as the installation of a traffic signal and additional lanes.

Covelli is also working on expanding more Panera cafes in Central Ohio. The next openings include two in the Delaware area – one in the city and one at the Route 36 exit off of interstate 71 – another in Heath, and a Gahanna café on North Hamilton Road. “We’d like to start doing more in Central Ohio,” said Covelli Enterprise Owner Sam Covelli.

However, some think that with all the local businesses in Delaware, the city should be careful with introducing more commercial chains. “I think any [restaurants] built after [Panera] may get out of hand and the city businesses may become too commercialized. I like some of these restaurants, but small businesses are cool too,” Ennis said. To add to that, Sean Hughes, Delaware‘s economic development coordinator thinks retail businesses will help Buehler‘s to prosper as a business. “Retail is really about an ecosystem,” “One retailer thrives off of another retailer, and Buehler’s needs some other retail out there to get foot traffic for them.”

In 12 neighborhood revitalization studies completed by other different cities in the state, 8 eight mentioned Panera as a target business to increase foot traffic to nearby businesses, he said.

Hughes estimated that a Panera would bring 55 new jobs to Delaware along with a payroll of $500,000 to $1 million, which would result in at least $13,800 in yearly income taxes. Hughes also presented council with Buehler’s numbers to illustrate what the city would lose out on if the grocery store and the adjoining Ace Hardware were to shut down. The store currently employs about 250 employees and brings in a minimum of $55,000 in income taxes each year.

So what do you think Buehler’s can do to improve its business? Do you think Panera is the right way to go or do you think something else should be done? And what about Delaware’s reputation for local businesses? Do you think those are an important asset to the city or do you believe its time to start building in more commercialized businesses?

 

NOTE: Some of this info is cited from thisweeksnews.com

 

Ten Ohio Wesleyan Superstars

Big Names from Ohio Wesleyan


Ever since its founding in 1842, Delaware’s Ohio Wesleyan has led many of today’s most notable figures to achieving their biggest dreams and has been the starting point to their success. From football coaches, to hall of fame inductees, to actresses, authors and scientists, to civil rights activists, and even the person who signed Jackie Robinson, any dream can be reached at not just Delaware’s Ohio Wesleyan, but at any school. You can live in a small city and still live a big dream. (Inspirational quote of the day)

Here are ten Ohio Wesleyan graduates who are widely known today for their achievements and contributions to society. Maybe you’ll recognize one of them? If not, then you will after reading this. Prepare to be amazed.

Charles Fairbanks (VP Under Theodore Roosevelt)

Birthdate: May 11, 1852 – June 4, 1918    Birthplace: Delaware, Ohio
OWU Grad Year: 1872
Best Known For: Served as senator from Indiana (1897-1905), became the 26th Vice President of the U.S. under Theodore Roosevelt (1905-1909)
Achievements: Served as a key adviser to William McKinley during the Spanish-American War
Fun Fact: Born in a log cabin in Delaware, Ohio and saw his family’s home used as a hiding place for runaway slaves, the following cities are named after Charles Fairbanks: Fairbanks, Alaska, Fairbanks, Minnesota, Fairbanks, Oregon, and Fairbanks Township, Michigan, Fairbanks School District in Union County, Ohio also got its name from Charles Fairbanks, on May 15, 2009, an Ohio historical marker was dedicated to Unionville Center, commemorating Fairbanks’ birthplace

Photo of Chalres Fairbanks. Photo from Wikipedia.com. Nice facial hair Mr. Fairbanks!

Wesley Branch Rickey (Signed Jackie Robinson/WWI Major)

Birthdate: December 20, 1881 – December 9, 1965   Birthplace: Stockdale, Ohio
OWU Grad Year: 1904
Best Known For: Breaking the Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson, drafting the First Afro-Hispanic superstar Roberto Clemente, MLB player for the St. Louis Browns and the NY Highlanders from 1905-1907, Coached football at OWU and Allegheny College and played for the professional Shelby Blues, catcher on the baseball team at OWU, Served in the U.S. Army in 1917-1918 during WWI on the western front as a major, commanded a chemical training team unit and was a member of the Chemical Warfare Service for 4 months
Achievements: Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967, embarked a successful managing and executive career with the St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, elected into the team Hall of Fame by the Cardinals in 2014
Education: B.A. from OWU
Awards: Induction into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1997, Baseball College Hall of Fame in 2009

Photo of Wesley Branch Rickey as a young student at OWU. Photo from appalachianhistory.net. This is perhaps the blankest look I’ve ever seen in a portrait.

George Edkin Little (College Football Hall of Fame Inductee)

Birthdate: May 27, 1889 – Feb. 23, 1957   Birthplace: Washington D.C.
OWU Grad Year: 1912
Best Known For: Served as the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati (1914-1915), Miami University (1916, 1919-1921), the University of Michigan (1924), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1925-1926)
Achievements: Played guard on the OWU basketball team, compiled a college football career of 54-16-4, served as the Executive Secretary of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1955

Photo of George Edkin Little. Photo from Wikipedia.com. I can see this guy was a big fan of turtle necks!

 

Alexander Brown Mackie (Football Coach)

Birthdate: May 1, 1894 – June 5, 1966   Birthplace: Gazam, Pennsylvania
OWU Grad Year: 1916
Best Known For: Founder of Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas, coached football for the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes (1921-1937), football player for Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (1913), Graduate from OWU
Achievements: Ranked #2 at Kansas Wesleyan in total wins and second at the school in winning percentage, his team won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship five times during his tenure as coach, his team was one of the few undefeated teams in the country (1931)
Frank Sherwood Rowland (The Nobel Prize Winner and Chemistry Whiz)

Birthdate: June 28, 1927 – March 10, 2012   Birthplace: Delaware, Ohio
OWU Grad Year: 1948
Best Known For: His discovery that chlorofluorocarbons contribute to ozone depletion, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, being an American Nobel Laureate
Achievements: Graduated high school weeks before his 16th birthday, graduated from OWU before his 18th birthday, held academic posts at Princeton University (1952-1956) and at the University of Kansas (1956-1964), elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1978 and served as president of the American Associate for the Advancement of Sciences
Education: Ph.D. and M.S. in 1952 from the University of Chicago, B.A. from OWU in 1948
Awards: Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1995), the Albert Einstein World Award of Science (1994), the Tolman Medal (1976), and others
Fun Fact: Rowland is the father of art historian Ingrid Rowland

Photo of Frank Sherwood Rowland. Picture from nobelprize.org. Doesn’t he look like Carl from the movie Up??

Mary King (Civil Rights Activist)

OWU Grad Year: 1962
Best Known For: Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations affiliated University for Peace, political scientists, author, stirred the beginning of women’s liberation
Achievements: Set up her own student organization called the Student Committee on Race Relations which linked together 60 students to chance University policies; such as, OWU’s policy of rooming black freshman in single dorms or only with each other, along with the University’s policy of limiting black enrollment, distinguished scholar at the American University Center for Global Peace in Washington D.C, became a staff member for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, wrote Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, co-published essays on women’s issues with fellow activist Casey Hayden,
Education: Doctorate in international politics from Aberystwyth University
Awards: El-Hibri Peace Education Prize (2009), Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award, James M. Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement (2011), the Jamnalal Bajaj International Prize, named for Gandhi’s silent financial backer (2003)
Fun Fact: King has a new book coming out this year called Ganhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India which concerns a 1920s nonviolent campaign against untouchability in Kerala, India

Photo of Mary King. Photo from soan.owu.edu

John Barry Clemens (The Basketball Player)

Birthdate: May 1, 1943   Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
OWU Grad Year: 1965
Best Known For: Former professional basketball player for the NBA’s New York Knicks in the 1965 NBA Draft, also played with The Chicago Bulls, The Seattle SuperSonics, The Cleveland Cavilers, and the Portland Trail Blazers
Achievements: Retired in 1976 with a career total points of 5,312 and 2,532 rebounds, inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, became the only student at OWU to win the Ohio Athletic Conference MVP in 1965
Fun Fact: Attended Xenia high school in Xenia, Ohio, averaged 5.4 points per game when he played with the Knicks.

James Oberg (Space Junkie)

Birthdate: November 7, 1944   Birthplace: New York, New York
OWU Grad Year: 1966
Best Known For: American space journalist and historian, regarded as an expert on the Russian space program
Achievements: Served in the U.S. Air Force, joined NASA in 1975 where he worked until 1997 at the Johnson Space Center on the Space Shuttle Program, authored Space Power Theory (1999) which was sponsored by the U.S. Military as part of an official campaign in changing perceptions of space welfare, specifically deployment and use of weapons in outer space, currently a space correspondent with MSNBC and previously for ABC and UPI, privately published several books on the Soviet and later Russian programs and became on of the few Western specialists on Russian space history
Education: B.A. in Mathematics from OWU (1966), M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University (1969), M.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico (1972)

Photo of James Oberg presenting two lectures to students at OWU in 2010. Photo from connect2.owu.edu. What a very interesting tie he’s wearing… maybe it’s just an astronomer thing.

Wendie Malick (American Actress)

Birthdate: December 13, 1950   Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
OWU Grad Year: 1972
Best Known For: American actress and former fashion model, best known for her roles in television comedies
Achievements: Starred as Judith Tupper Stone in the HBO series Dream On (1990-1996), starred as Nina Van Horn in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997-2003), has made over 50 guest appearances on shows, began fashion modeling for the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, worked for Republican congressman Jack Kemp, guess-starred on the X Files in 1998, starred in Disney’s animated film The Emperor’s New Groove as Chicha in 2000, joined the case of Frasier portraying Ronee Lawrence in 2003, on the advisory board of the Humane Society and on the board of advocates for Planned Parenthood
Awards: Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2002), CableACE Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (1992-1994, 1996), Nominated for the Golden Globe Award (1999), and others

Photo of Wendie Malick speaking at OWU’s 157th Commencement in 2001. Photo from news.owu.edu

Ram Samudrala (Biologist/Protein Researcher)

Birthdate: March 23, 1972
OWU Grad Year: 1993
Best Known For: All atom knowledge based simulations and computational drug discovery, understanding how the genome of an organism specifies its behavior and characteristics in order to improve health and the quality of life
Achievements: Professor of computational biology at the University of Washington in Seattle, co-published more than 100 manuscripts in a variety of journals including PLos Biology and the Journal of the American Medical Association, published the Free Music Philosophy (1994) which accurately predicted how the case of copying and transmitting digital information by the Internet would lead to unprecedented violations of copyright laws and new models of distribution for music and other digital media
Education: Undergraduate degrees in Computing Science and Genetics from OWU, Ph.D. in Computational Structural Biology at the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology (1993-1997)
Awards: Searle Scholar Award (2002), named one of the world’s top young innovators by MIT Technology Review in 2003

Photo of Ram Samudrala. Photo from Wikipedia.com

These people are just a few examples of how you don’t need to attend some big, prestigious school in order to make a notable difference in this world. Small-town Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan proves this point exactly.

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The Musical Phenomenon of the Central Ohio Symphony

Saturday, March 22, I set foot in the beautiful, grand, historical Gray Chapel and I was immediately taken aback by the clusters of musicians gathering together on the wide, polished stage. I knew this would be an experience I would be singing to myself throughout the rest of my music career.

It was 2:58pm; I sat back in my chair and opened my ears wide. I was in angst to hear that first note. The audience was silent, like mice, as we all waited to hear that first pitch, the sound that would set the mood for the entire performance. All eyes were on the conductor as he lifted up his baton. Suddenly, like the sound of that first firework brightening up the empty night sky, a beautiful, melodic sound set fire to the hearts of the audience and abruptly bled through the walls of the Chapel.

My father and I before the start of the performance.

My father and I taking our seats in the Gray Chapel before the start of the performance

Right in front of me were the most successful, talented, and ambitious musicians and performers I had ever witnessed in Delaware boarders. The Central Ohio Symphony not only enriches Delaware culture and music, but it gives you a new sense of appreciation for the city and the talent that comes along with it.

As my eyes glued to the rapid movement and energy of the violinists, a beautiful, pure voice stood up and started to belt to the audience with a lightened, gleaming expression. That first voice belonged to Ohio Wesleyan senior and countertenor Joshua Boggs. A candidate for the Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance, Boggs is a frequent soloist in Central Ohio and has performed with the Magpie Consort, the Columbus Chamber Singers, First Community Church, OWU Chamber Singers, along with multiple other vocal groups. Boggs has also studied in Salzburg, Austria with the opera studio and has also been invited to San Francisco as a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer auditions. Boggs also studies conducting and assists with the choirs at OWU. Personally, his voice was one of my favorites that I heard throughout the performance. Bogg’s higher-pitched tone was perfection, and his energy and passion was spot-on flawless and breathtaking.

The right side view of the OWU Choral Arts Society who sang during parts of the performance

The right side view of the OWU Choral Arts Society who sang during parts of the performance

The sound of The Great Gate of Kiev, the piece before intermission, was another one of my favorites. What you first experience during this piece is the monumental sound of all the brass instruments such as the horn, trumpet, and trombone. Next thing you witness is the violins and violas along with sounds from the timpani, percussion, and even the harp, as they shape the piece into a more fulfilling sound and help harmonize and lift up the brass instruments into a grand uproar. What came to my mind when I heard this piece were tall castles, mighty kings, glorious heirs, brave knights in shining armor, and ancient empires. This piece sounded grand, like a great victory had just taken place in the midst of a Renaissance, or perhaps the coronation of a new king was about to happen. The majestic quality of this piece will leave you feeling like royalty.

Photo of Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos and the rest of the orchestra

Photo of Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos and the rest of the orchestra

One of my favorite things about Orchestral and Symphony music is when they play a song that you may not know the name to but you still recognize. That’s exactly what happened to me when I heard one of the last songs near the end, Beethoven’s Molto Vivace. The Symphony No. 9 in D Minor: Choral, Op. 125, is the final complete symphony of Beethoven. Completed in 1824, this symphony is one of the best known works of the Western classical repertoire and has been adapted for use as the European Anthem. It is considered by critics to be one of Beethoven’s masterpieces and one of the greatest musical compositions ever written. I can guarantee most people have probably heard this tune before. Its upbeat sound creates a melody that is easy to tap your foot to. The constant change in dynamics and tempos really shows off the violinists and flutes in particular but you can also hear bits of timpani, piccolo, cello, bass, and trumpet.

Some of the other soloists during this performance includes soprano Paola Gonzalez whose voice is featured during Leonard Bernstein’s Psalm 131 and 133 at the beginning of the performance and during Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “The Choral” near the end. Gonzalez was born in the Dominican Republic and is currently a Doctor in Musical Arts student and a Graduate Assistant at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Gonzalez has had her debut in Italy on 2008 singing the role of Mimi in La Boheme with the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca and in both 2997 and 2008, she was the district winner representing Puerto Rico at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Pictured is soloist Paola Gonzalez

Pictured is soloist Paola Gonzalez on the left

When watching the performance, I made sure to take a glimpse at conductor Jaime Morales-Matos. Sometimes if I looked hard enough, I could catch a bright smile or two on his face and his body movement told me he was proud and ecstatic to be conducting such hard-working and dedicated musicians. The center of the whole performance, Mr. Morales-Matos is in his eleventh season as Music Director and has conducted throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, as well as in his native Puerto Rico. He is also a trombone player and an Associate Professor of Trombone at Miami University of Ohio.

You don’t have to be experienced in music in order to enjoy this performance. The Central Ohio Symphony, which includes musicians of various ages that originate from different backgrounds and parts of the world, is a perfect example of how anyone, young or old, musically experienced or has never even touched an instrument in their life, can enjoy and appreciate music coming from a symphony such as this one. As a musician myself, I can only hope that someday I will be able to be involved in something like the Central Ohio Symphony. This symphony proves that dreams can come true and success and goals can be reached, even in small-town Delaware, Ohio.

Want more? Maybe you can see for yourself just how beloved the Central Ohio Symphony is by attending their upcoming performance on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm at Gray Chapel. This performance will feature the World Premiere of the symphony’s performance of Marilyn Shrude’s Violin Concerto. You may call 740-362-1799 for tickets in advance. Also, mark your calendars for the Central Ohio’s largest free outdoor symphony concert and fireworks on Friday, July 4, at 7:30pm at Ohio Wesleyan, Phillips Glen Downtown Delaware. You may also visit centralohiosymphony.org for the latest information on upcoming concerts, tickets, donations, and more. 

Two Of DelawareO’s Own Celebrate MILESTONES Today!

Happy Birthday! HBD

Join us in wishing a “Happy Birthday” to DelawareO team members Hannah Kern and Rocky VanBrimmer. Both celebrate a MILESTONE birthday today, March 21.

As an advisory, it is best to stay off the sidewalks of Delaware as Hannah has announced she is getting her driving permit today since she is at her Sweet 16.

Additionally, Rocky’s family will be out and about today finding a nice quiet relaxing retirement community for him to spend his twilight days as he is “Over The Hill” at the ripe old age of 40.

 

 

A Look into the Lens of Blue Maple Photography

This Delaware photography series has hit hard on the perspectives of female photographers, but now this series is wrapping up to a close with Brian Mollenkopf of Blue Maple Photography.

Mollenkopf has a major in Anthropology/Archaeology from OSU after originally majoring in Photo and Cinema. “I got a Polaroid when I was a kid and that started it all,” Mollenkopf said.

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“We’ve lived [in Delaware] since 2006 and we like the small town atmosphere of Delaware,” Mollenkopf said. “Delaware has a wide variety of individuals with interest in the urban and suburban environments as well as the natural and rural areas.” That’s what this series is all about, discovering how people with the same talent interpret it and use it in different ways to end up with a beautiful result in the same small city. Outside of photography, Mollenkopf enjoys shooting firearms at the Black Wing Shooting Center here in Delaware, running, hiking, and spending time with family.

So, what is Blue Maple Photography? “I’m ever changing and adapting to new ideas, techniques, and influences,” Mollenkopf said. “If I were to pick a theme, I would say I’m a modern, classic theme with minimal use of post processing and trendy filter that become outdated really fast.” Mollenkopf is especially known for his portraits, commercial work, pin-ups, and landscape pieces.

 

Photo taken by Blue Maple Photography

Photo taken by Blue Maple Photography

“I do a lot of senior portraits and I try to make them each unique,” said Mollenkopf, “I don’t use the same props over and over again. I want individual’s personality to come through so I attempt to photograph them in an environment or setting truly unique to them.” How about that? A photographer who is able to justify the uniqueness of their services is sure to produce satisfying results to any customer.

Mollenkopf takes pride and ownership in his work. “We are extremely picky about what we provide to our clients,” said Mollenkopf, “It is our work, our art, and it has to be top notch. I do not give you all the images I shoot, I give you the best of the best.” That’s the way it ought to be with every photographer, isn’t it?

Mollenkopf says lighting is the key element to a stunning photograph. “Photography is about capturing light,” said Mollenkopf, “If [the light] isn’t right, the whole image won’t work. Cameras, lenses, are useless unless you have good light and photoshopping cannot make good light.” That just goes to show that it’s better to stick with the traditional stuff, eh? All this online photo editing software is no use when it comes to taking a professional photograph.

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Which leads to another very important point made by Mollenkopf. When it comes to the challenges of being a photographer, “The digital age” becomes so vulnerable to filters, photoshopping, and other new forms of technology, that the message of the photo itself and the real beauty within it is hidden. With technology today, people are too busy admiring the filter or all the editing to really be able to analyze the whole point of the photograph, if there even is a point. Do people today take photos to express a meaningful message? Or do people simply take photos out of boredom or even to get self-attention? Photography is a type of art, and art is meant to tell a story and be a visual that expresses those emotions and experiences. “If you have a camera, that makes you a camera owner, not a photographer,” said Mollenkopf, “Now everyone has a camera. There is a lot more involved than just clicking the shutter.”

Why do you think people take so many “selfies?” Photography today has become less about the actual message of the photo that requires deep analysis and soul searching, and more about the actual visual and appearance and whether or not it’s appealing to the eye, which is where filters and heavy editing come into place. Even with a “selfie”, you could analyze why the photographer took the photo, what they are feeling, what the background means, etc. But instead, people look at the selfie and are either attracted to the person and the filtering in it or just won’t think of it any longer.

Back to Mollenkopf, Blue Maple Photography is an on-location portrait and photography specialist. “We bring the photography to you!,” said Mollenkopf, “If you have a location you want photographed or want photographed at a location, we’re the ones for you.”
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Delaware’s Hollywood Flair

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Prayers for Ashleigh Comes to Life

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Mystery Photo Album Has Delaware, Ohio Roots

Family photos are a must for every family.

 However, imagine if you looked at a family photo and didn’t recognize the person in it; having no idea [Read more…]

Delaware: Never A Camera-Shy City Part 3

Photo taken by Nicole Dixon Photography

Photo taken by Nicole Dixon Photography

Photography.

What comes to your mind when you hear that word? Cameras? Filters? Family portraits? Whatever the case may be, after reading this article, the next time you hear the word “photography”, the first thing that will come to your mind will be Nicole Dixon. [Read more…]