Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

My Best of 2017 (part one)

1. former JC Penny Building in Wells Goodfellow for Photo Flood Saint Louis (PFSTL)

As mentioned in my “Best of” post for last year, 2016 pretty much wrecked my life, so it should come as no surprise that 2017 was a year of contemplation, reassessment and rebuilding. As 2018 dawns, I am concluding or have concluded several projects, some positive/some negative, some personal/some public, and am ready to welcome the start of what’s next. Enjoy this numbered list of my favorite images from last year, with some anecdotes sprinkled in between (this is a two-parter for the first time; look for the second one later in the month).



KDHX’s Midwest Mayhem 2010

Posted in photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 15, 2010

Dear Vincent bandmember.

Well the pics are in! Soon, I will be sending them off for KDHX’s use, but here is a sneak peak at a handful of the shots I took at this City Museum-hosted event. If you weren’t there, you really missed out; Mayhem was absolute mayhem, and a ton of fun! Everywhere you turned something interesting was happening, and on the rare lull in activity, there was always climbing and exploring to be done.

I decided to take a bit of an unconventional set-up, it terms of my gear, which forced me to make some creative decisions. Instead of bringing my 17-55 and 80-200, I took my Nikon 105mm f/2.8G, 50mm 1.8D, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G, and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. The 105mm ended up being the best choice for the circumstances, followed by the 50mm. I expected a use for the 11-16mm that didn’t pan out, so it was the least used, and the 28-80mm required flash which I wasn’t always keen on using, given the result that I was looking for… It terms of flash, I brought 1 sb-600 and 1 sb-400 along. On the sb-600, I mounted a honeycomb diffuser that ended up pairing really well with the 105mm in the cavernous City Museum.

More pics after the jump–>

Midwest Mayhem 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 12, 2010

Tomorrow night, I will be out shooting pics for KDHX at their annual Midwest Mayhem event at the City Museum in downtown St. Louis. Come out and see it if you can!!

From their site:
“It’s back and badder than ever: Midwest Mayhem at the City Museum, May 13, 2010. Make room for the dancers, get down with the DJs, enjoy food, drink, and 12 bands on four stages, but most importantly, do not miss it. Become a member of 88.1, and get 2 tickets to this party to end all parties.

Now in its fifth year, Midwest Mayhem is KDHX’s annual spring membership party. The event takes place inside the City Museum, a 600,000 square-foot building in downtown Saint Louis, a space previously known as the International Shoe Company. Christened in 1997, the City Museum is part family playground, part infinite cavern, part psychedelic circus and part ever-evolving architectural spectacle. It’s the Eighth Wonder of the Urban World, and the perfect setting for a night of music, mirth and mayhem.

Who: 12 bands, featuring: Brothers Lazaroff, Dear Vincent, DJ Needles & Jingo, Bottle Rockets, the KDHX Blues Band (featuring Tom Ray, John McHenry, Art Dwyer, and Ron Edwards), Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, Richie Kihlken, Kevin Buckley and Ian Walsh, Ryan Spearman, Sins of the Pioneers, Fresh Heir, and the Funky Butt Brass Band. Plus: The Show-Me Burlesque Dancers will be strutting their stuff all night.”

The Bottle Rockets:

Dear Vincent:

DJ Needles:

Lola Van Ella: