Last weekend was my high school’s alumni event and I was tagged as the official photographer by the C. W. Baker Alumni Association. This event pushed my photographic skills from concert, people, fireworks to documentary photography.
This was my first time attending the annual alumni weekend in Baldwinsville, New York. I got to meet and photograph members from the 1960’s right up to this year’s graduating class. Talked to people who attended one room schoolhouses, the old academy (which was my elementary school) and when the current high school housed the junior high classes until the junior high was built. During a Seneca River lunch cruise, we went through Baldwinsville’s Lock 24. As the captain explained how no pumps were used in raising the water level, it got us all to talking about the physics of the lock and the science teachers we all had during high school. Many such discussions over the weekend would spur old memories as we caught up we each others lives.
Paper Mill Island was the site of the evening events. The first concert night was headlined by Bon Jersey, a Bon Jovi tribute band, featuring lead singer Joe Ventura. The second night was a combined event with the Village of Baldwinsville and had a VIP area for the returning alumni. The area gave us all time to reconnect with old friends and create new memories as we reminisced about the good times passed.
Oh, I did mention fireworks…