Event Photography

Event Photography: Tucson Carnaval 2010

Now in its third year, Tucson Carnaval celebrates spring, life, the arts, and community connections. This event featured concerts by many local bands, including Spirit Familia. Here’s Spirit Familia’s band leader, Jomo Alan, who lives a block away from me. He practices the flute while bicycling along our street… Richard Rivera adds guitar and vocals…

Event Photography: Dillinger Days and Downtown Tucson Construction

This past weekend, I attended the annual Dillinger Days celebration in Downtown Tucson. This event commemorates the 1934 capture of "Public Enemy Number One," bank robber John Dillinger. The festivities centered around the Hotel Congress, where Dillinger and his gang of outlaws stayed when they first hit town. The hotel boiler caught fire, forcing the…

Event Photography: 4th Avenue 2009 Winter Street Fair

Well, it’s December, and the Christmas shopping season is hopping. Time to join several hundred thousand of your best friends on Fourth Avenue for Tucson’s Winter Street Fair. Along with several dozen other Watershed Management Group volunteers, I worked the edge of the fair. My job was to prevent people from leaving with open containers…

Bicycle Photography: El Tour de Tucson 2009

If you’re a bike-tographer like I am, El Tour de Tucson draws you like a magnet. This annual event goes around the perimeter of Tucson and attracts cyclists from all over the world. I didn’t ride in this year’s El Tour, but I went Downtown to photograph the finishers. And to indulge in some artsiness……

Event Photography: All Souls Procession 2009

Tucson’s annual All Souls Procession turned 20 this year. It started in 1990 as a ritualistic performance by artist Susan Johnson, who was grieving her father’s death. All Souls now attracts more than 20,000 people to a memorial march/street performance on the streets of Downtown Tucson. Here are five glimpses of this year’s event. Before…

Event Photography: Tucson Firefighters Chili Cookoff

How about a nice, warm bowl of chili for a good cause? And, better yet, cooked and served with a smile by local firefighters? At last Friday’s Tucson Firefighters Chili Cookoff, thousands of gallons of the good stuff were available. Firefighters from various departments set up booths to sell dollar-a-bowl chili, with the proceeds going…

Construction Photography: Tear Down the Wall

My front yard was graced (if you want to call  it that) by a crumbling brick retaining wall. The wall had no seep holes, which meant that it was gradually being weakened by moisture. Time to tear down the wall. I wanted replace the old wall with something more attractive. Since I’m a member of…

Event Photography: Tucson Meet Yourself

Tucson Meet Yourself marked its 36th anniversary this past weekend. This annual festival bills itself as “a celebration of authentic cultural foods and the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona’s folk and ethnic communities.” Because of the emphasis on food, the festival has also earned the moniker “Tucson Eat Yourself.” Since my digestive system was…

Tucson photographer launches stock photo site

Tucson, AZ – Martha Retallick, local photographer, community activist, and volunteer, just launched a stock photo website for ad agencies, photo editors, businesses, and organizations. BicycleStockImages.com features photos of the bike culture, including bicycle racing, bicycle touring, utilitarian cycling, and artistic close-ups of bicycles, bike tools, and bike parts. A practitioner of “bike-tography,” Retallick, who…

Event Photography: Football in the Gloom

I just returned from another Homecoming weekend at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. And, just as during my student days, I got to experience Ann Arbor’s weather in all its glory. In other words, if you like variety in your cloud cover, Ann Arbor is your kind of place. It seemed as if…

Event Photography: Live Music in Downtown Tucson, Arizona

I’ve been blogging about the weekly Meet Me at Maynards Social Run/Walk through Downtown Tucson since it started back in April. The event has grown quite a bit, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you should. If for no other reason than to enjoy some live music in Downtown Tucson. Entertainment at the start…

Event Photography: Graffiti Removal Workshop

This past Saturday morning, representatives from 10 Tucson neighborhood associations rolled out of bed at dawn and converged on the Ward 3 City Council Office. The Ward Office hosted a free breakfast and workshop on a very timely topic: graffiti removal. Sorry to say, but Tucson is under heavy attack by taggers. And, with city…

Event Photography: Another Monday Evening Walkabout

Since mid-April, I’ve been blogging about Tucson’s weekly Meet Me at Maynards Social Run and Walk. And here I go, I’m doing it again. This past Monday marked the 14th running (or walking) of MMM. And, once again, I went walkabout with my camera. I’m not going to be one of those Downtown Tucson cheerleaders…

Event Photography: Of Tortoises and Music

Since mid-April, a group of walkers and runners has been exploring Downtown Tucson. The weekly Meet Me at Maynards Social Run/Walk has proven to be a big hit. Even during this summer weather. Last week, the festivities were cut short when a giant windstorm came roaring into town. The wind was blowing so hard it…

Event Photography: Tucson’s 2009 July 4th Celebration

 This past Saturday was our nation’s 233rd birthday. This All-American event was celebrated with parades, speeches, picnics, and fireworks. Here in Tucson, it was a great day to take Old Glory for a bicycle ride. And that’s just what I did. Taped a small flag to my tire pump, then stowed the pump and flag…

Event Photography: Habitat Tucson House Dedication

This past Friday, Habitat for Humanity Tucson had a four-house dedication ceremony at its Corazon del Pueblo project. Like many other Habitat events, the media were included… Habitat Tucson’s executive director, Michael McDonald, checked last-minute details with the clergymen who blessed the houses… The crowd joined in a prayer for the houses and families…

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