I develop my black and white film myself when I can. I use the darkroom at my school, so its way more cost effective (and more fun too!). I usually send my color rolls to a local lab in my town or Dwayne’s photo…they both do a pretty good job. As for scanning, I just recently bought a Canon 9000F, and I cannot express how worth it that was! I love it and now all my scans are of a uniform and consistent quality.
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A small and mostly local crowd gathered on the stage of Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio. It was the kind of company you might describe as “intimate,” where the drum of heels tapping against the hardwood floor pervaded the soft harmonies of acoustic folk tunes. But this audience was unprepared for what awaited it.
Ohio-born powerhouse Caroline Smith claimed the makeshift stage, her sultry, soul-filled vocals swelling across the room and stretching high up into the rafters. Her bold red lips punctuated each note with a touch of confident sass. Two female vocalists, talented in their own rite, backed Smith with a doo-wop flair.
The six-piece band opened with a song “for the ladies,” but each following tune rang out like a battle hymn for strong, independent femininity. Part neo-soul, part R&B, the female-fronted band’s feel-good jams were empowering — not in a corny way, but in a way that makes you want to finally cut off all your hair and ask for a raise. The band mostly performed tracks from its latest album “Half About Being a Woman,” released in October 2013. The album was Smith’s brainchild, reflecting her growth as an artist and the journey back to her roots.
Smith grew up listening to the strong female voices of the early 90s including Carole King, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. But she holds a great respect for today’s indie songwriters who take their inspiration from the 1960s folk rock genre. Her first two albums even dabbled with the trendy folk and indie rock sound, but Smith felt this work wasn’t reflective of her talents.
“It wasn’t me; I wasn’t writing songs as good as I could be,” Smith said.
In the same vein, the up-and-coming musician strays from listening to current artists.
“I can’t listen to it because I will want to do it…copy it,” she said.
Smith is in the business to stand out. Her confidence in her newly refined art radiated on stage, releasing her inner diva.
The album’s message throws a punch at the patriarchy — in the classiest and most sophisticated way feasible. The music video for the single “Magazine” features twenty-somethings dancing around in their underwear.
“I know what you’re thinking…” Smith joked.
But her back-up dancers were not the topless, thong-wearing models borrowed from Robin Thicke. Smith demanded some of her closest friends show up to the shoot in a come-as-you-are fashion.
“Half of my friends showed up in granny-panties,” Smith said. “That’s real.”
The video was directed by Dan Huiting, who has also worked with Bon Iver, Local Natives and The National.
Performances of “Magazine” along with “Child of Moving On” created the climax of the evening, both showcasing Smith’s range and diversity. The former followed a sexy, get-up-and-dance beat, while the latter put Smith’s vocals on an uncompromising pedestal.
Currently residing in Minneapolis, Minn., Caroline Smith and her band are just finishing up their 2014 tour, eager to get back to the pencil and paper, hopefully to create some more 90s nostalgic magic.
From the band’s packed NYC audiences to the “intimate” backstage affair in Nelsonville, Ohio, Caroline Smith is the power woman behind the tunes stuck in everyone’s heads.