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Travel: The Grand Canyon

Here are a few images from my recent trip to The Grand Canyon.  It is without a doubt MASSIVE.  So massive that the brain can’t really comprehend how something so vast can be created and sustained pretty much on its own.  The challenge in capturing something so immense (mid day on a beautiful sunny day might I add) is trying to figure out how to not make the images appear flat and boring.  I focused on perspective in a few shots by comparing something tiny such as a group of tourists or one person to The Grand Canyon and also had some fun with the editing.  Overall, it was a great trip and a photography bucket list item that I can now cross off 🙂 Check out my images below!  

  We also made a stop to The Hoover Dam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s someone doing exactly what the tour guide told us not to do.  There’s always one…and in this case, I saw more than one person standing on the rocks on this sunny but quite windy day just to get a photo.  This was the only person I managed to take a photo of.

NYC – Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

Having just visited the beautiful island of Puerto Rico earlier this year, I felt compelled to seek ways to help in whatever big or small way that I can.  Mayor de Blasio just announced several drop off locations throughout NYC for residents to donate critically needed items for Hurricane Maria relief.

Via http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/606-17/mayor-de-blasio-encourages-new-yorkers-donate-critically-needed-items-18-locations-for#/0 

Items listed below will be collected at 18 Firehouse and EMS locations throughout NYC:

  • Diapers
  • Baby food
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Please note the City is only collecting the items listed above. All donated items must be non-perishable, not second-hand, nor contain any liquids of any kind. Open or unsealed donations of food or hygiene supplies will not be accepted. Wet wipes will also not be accepted. Any other items will be kindly returned.

There are 18 drop off locations accepting donations across all five boroughs. Donations will be accepted during the hours of 7 am through 9 pm. Please be aware that FDNY members at these locations may not be present during drop-off hours if they are responding to an emergency.

Manhattan

  • Engine 91: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)
  • Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)
  • Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

Bronx

  • EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)
  • EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)
  • Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)
  • Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)

Queens

  • Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)
  • Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)
  • Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)

Brooklyn

  • Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park)
  • Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park)
  • Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)

Staten Island

  • Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)
  • Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)
  • Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)

 

Taking It Back: The B Side Show Podcast #31 Respect Ya Elders pt.4

As we continue on through this journey of my past life as a radio host, I present to you my series within The B Side Show podcast “Respect Ya Elders”.  This was my opportunity to use an entire show to play nothing but the classics.  This edition revolved around 70’s and 80’s black cinema.  The songs chosen were the musical background to classics such as Sparkle (the original), Fame (the original), Claudine and Super Fly.  I also took the liberty of adding clips from other classic films such as The Education of Sonnie Carson, The Warriors and The Mack to fully round out the show.  According to my labels, this episode premiered in December 2008 and I must say, IT STILL SOUNDS DAMN GOOD!  Listen below and judge for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The B Side Show “Respect Ya Elders Pt. 4” Originally aired December 2008:

Wish list: Profoto A1

Jackpot, I think I’m in love…

I know!  Another light…but this is a Profoto lightProfoto.  Big dog pitbulls in the game of light.  Yes, their equipment is expensive, but it’s worth it.  This beauty is being touted as the world’s smallest studio light and I want in!  Here’s what I really like about this light, it seems like an easy to use on camera light compared to other speedlights.  It also seems powerful enough for outdoor portraits but it may also be able to handle bigger studio jobs, and with the Profoto brand behind it, you know you’re paying for quality.  BUT, there really is only one way to find out, and this is a wish list post, soooooo…feel free to help me get closer to making this wish a reality by going here, scrolling down and donating what you wish to the cause! 🙂 

What I’m Listening to: Bronzeville Scripted Audio Drama + There Goes The Neighborhood L.A.

@BronzevilleShow “Bronzeville”

I recently took a late summer vacation and was able to fully digest the beautifully designed scripted 10 part audio drama “Bronzeville”.  The cast is stellar: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tika Sumpter, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Hardwick, Wood Harris, Lahmard Tate, Cory Hardrick and more make up the characters that come to life in the series.  “Bronzeville” brings to life 1940’s Chicago and the “policy” or numbers games that allowed this African American community to flourish.  At the center of the drama we are introduced to members of the notorious Copeland family, including sister Lisa Copeland played by Tika sumpter, Jimmy Tillman played by Larnez Tate and Curtis Randolph played by Laurence Fishourne.  Not only was I impressed with the sound design of the overall series, I couldn’t believe how quickly I was transformed to 1940’s Chicago via these auditory performances.  It’s easy for me to binge a great tv series or fly through a good book but I’ve never been so engaged in a scripted audio series.  I think a major reason why I was so invested and am supportive of the project is because it is not entirely a fictional project and a little know piece of American history.  Bronzeville was an actual African American community in Chicago in the 1940’s whose money generated from the policy operation allowed the community to be self sufficient and produce schools, stores, banks and nightclubs.  You can read a bit about its history and the policy operation here

You can listen to all 10 episodes of season 1 here.  Hopefully the cast is hard at work and gearing up for season 2!

There Goes The Neighborhood: LA

A friend of mine put me onto “There Goes The Neighborhood” as they covered gentrification in East New York Brooklyn.  Being from Brooklyn and witnessing its gentrification first hand, I was all in.  The series talked to both local residents directly effected by new city plans and the infiltrating house flippers.  I devoured every episode and eagerly awaited a new season to be posted.  I had hoped the series would tackle another section of Brooklyn but they are instead taking the series to the West coast to discuss gentrification in Los Angeles.  If the upcoming L.A. version is as good as the B.K. version, we’re all in for an eye opening treat.

Catch up on season 1 and get ready for season 2 of There Goes The Neighborhood here.

Wish List: Tamron 18-400 f3.5-6.3 lens

Hey now…

 Via Tamron’s site:

Go to extremes with the world’s first* 22.2x ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom.

Introducing the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for the APS-C format. With a focal length range of 18-400mm and 22.2x zoom, it has an ultra-telephoto range equivalent to 620mm in the 35mm format. This brings distant subjects closer, while providing perspective-flattening effects that are only possible with an extreme telephoto lens. Plus it offers exceptional optical performance across the entire zoom range—from wide angle to ultra-telephoto. With this new lens—and its Moisture-Resistant Construction—Tamron brings the art of photography to the joy of travel. Now you can use the same lens to shoot everything from stunning landscapes and neon-lit cities to detailed portraits and delicate flora. The ultra-telephoto range makes it just as easy to photograph animals and sports. And with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9, you can even enjoy tele-macro photography.

BKC’s Summer Print Sale feat. prints by Shavon Meyers!

On June 22nd, Brooklyn Central is hosting its first annual summer print sale featuring photography by yours truly!  Select prints of mine will be available for purchase directly from BKC on Thursday June 22nd at the BKC headquarters at 33 Washington Street Brooklyn, NY.  Stop by, check out some great photography and purchase a print or two!

 

STEP (Documentary)

Whew.  @Stepthemovie

I watched this trailer a few days ago without sound and without hearing a word, I knew it would be good.

   

Step hits select theaters August 4th.  Head over to http://www.foxsearchlight.com/stepmovie/ for more info!

Taking it back: The B Side Show podcast #8 Topic: Gay Marriage (Air date: 2007)

I’m taking it back, way back!  10 years or so ago I created The B Side Show Podcast.  The idea began with my frustration while a student at CSB (great school) with traditional FM radio and its limitations.  The same songs being played every hour, the same dry talk breaks, interviews with artists who weren’t saying much with their music or in their interviews and hosts who didn’t ask the thought provoking questions that I thought should have been asked OR discussing topics that I felt were important enough for some air time.  Back then, no one knew what a podcast was.  People were still beginning to understand and accept the concept of satellite radio and paying for exclusive radio content so the idea of an online radio show kept many scratching their heads.  Now, everyone and they mama has a podcast.  I noticed the change in tide and began seeing the over saturation of the podcast platform early on, right around the time that I began expanding my brand and began falling in love with photography and video productions.  By the time my last show aired, there were new podcasts by big named celebrities and public figures popping up weekly and the concept of playing music from artists not heard on traditional radio was something that had made its way into the mainstream.  In short, everyone was doing it.  I decided to cease production of the show (better to end on top) and rebrand the idea of the show to focus on my photography and visual arts.  Thus thebsideshow.com became shavonmeyers.com and my popular podcast episodes remained idle on various external drives.  

(Me at CSB as a student working on The B Side Show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently started thinking about The B Side Show and how FIYAH it was (fire emoji).  I will pat myself all the way on the back because I was a one woman band.  I filled the role of creator, host, producer, engineer, editor, talent relations etc.  I was the show!  I contacted and interviewed every artist on the show, created every playlist, recorded every interview with the artists, held down the website and posted every edition of the show myself.  I did all of that and promoted the show without any type of machine behind me.  I managed to gain listeners across the country AND globe.  People as far as Africa, Alaska and Asia have heard my voice via The B Side Show and for that I am forever grateful.  Again, I have to stress, this was 10 years ago when it wasn’t as easy as it is now.  There was a lot to learn but I managed to do it and put together some amazing radio content.  Content so dope that the shows have a fantastic shelf life, which brings me to now: I’m posting old episodes of my show for those who have never heard it AND for the overnight “radio hosts” that pop up daily…because, levels.  I also had a full time radio job at Sirius XM which kept me on my toes and my skills sharp because I worked on live radio broadcasts everyday.  I don’t know who in the terrestrial FM radio world besides talk radio shows actually do FULL LIVE radio broadcasts everyday but being in that environment made me the radio beast that I became.  So here we are.  Me with tons of content a decade later and a platform to share it.  I’m unlocking the vault and rereleasing some of my old shows for the next few months or until I get tired of hearing myself again.  The first oldie but goodie comes at a perfect time.  The year is 2007 and I decided to tackle the gay marriage conversation on my 8th show.  MY 8TH SHOW EVER, lol.  I went straight for the jugular clearly and despite the freedom of shows today, back then no one was really talking about these topics while playing “B Side” songs and songs from newer artists.  The topic of gay marriage was quite controversial then, even our beloved President Obama at the time did not fully support it so my views were probably considered a little on the radical side since most people were not willing to say out loud on a public platform that they supported gay marriages.  Other than the somewhat dated material, the show still sounds amazing technically, playlist is still fresh and I think I did a damn good job for it being my 8th completed show.  Listen below and you be the judge!  

Just in time for Pride month I present: The B Side Show #8 “Gay Marriages” Air Date: Winter 2007.

 

Happy Pride! (throwback video of when I walked in the parade – 2011)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…PRIDE!  If you don’t know, I support the LGBTQ community to the fullest and since 2011 (WOW that feels like yesterday) I have walked in the NYC Pride Parade with my cousin and her wife.  I captured some pretty epic footage the first year that we walked in the parade and decided to bring it back just in time for this year’s celebration.  This is all raw footage of the day but it does a pretty good job of showing just how much fun the Pride Parade is.  Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2