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FoolMoon 2014

 
FoolMoon 2014 | The quasi-damp — but not at all dampened — luminary processional that started at the UMMA makes its way towards downtown.
The quasi-damp — but not at all dampened — luminary processional that started at the UMMA makes its way towards downtown.

At 7:30pm, I was feeling a bit unsure about the impending FoolMoon. The weather was living up to the dire forecast — cold, drizzly, and gusty. And the customary throngs of luminary-wielding townsfolk were — not merely by coincidence, it seemed to me — nowhere to be seen out in front of the UMMA. This year, I brought an assistant with me. He had no idea what FoolMoon even was, and I was trying to assure him that it was gonna be awesome — but I suspect that I was trying to convince myself.

Then at 7:45pm, the energy shifted. People started arriving with luminaries and crazy get-ups. And other people emerged from inside the UMMA, where it was nice and warm (whodda thunk?). Well, everything just snowballed from there — and I’m not using the word “snowballed” metaphorically! It wound up being a really amazing, magical night. One of the best FoolMoons yet. Check out the pictures and captions for the rest of the story…

FoolMoon 2014 | When we first showed up at the UMMA FoolMoon constellation station, we were the only ones there. And for 15 minutes, we waited. Alone. In the drizzle. Finally at 7:45pm, participants and luminaries — dressed for the weather — began to trickle in.
When we first showed up at the UMMA FoolMoon constellation station, we were the only ones there. And for 15 minutes, we waited. Alone. In the drizzle. Finally at 7:45pm, participants and luminaries — dressed for the weather — began to trickle in.
FoolMoon 2014 | Ahoy Matey! Welcome aboard!
Ahoy Matey! Welcome aboard!
FoolMoon 2014 | This fish totally hooked me. Reminded me of the first FoolMoon in 2011.
This fish totally hooked me. Reminded me of the first FoolMoon in 2011.
FoolMoon 2014 | With Claire Broderick of Orbit Hair Design and Carrie Fawcett leading our processional, we were traveling in style.
With Claire Broderick of Orbit Hair Design and Carrie Fawcett leading our processional, we were traveling in style.
FoolMoon 2014 | The theme for FoolMoon 2014 was Moonagerie. Hence, all the cool creatures (and their luminaries are really nice, too).
The theme for FoolMoon 2014 was Moonagerie. Hence, all the cool creatures (and their luminaries are really nice, too).
FoolMoon 2014 | Thanks to these and all the other FoolMoon/FestiFools sponsors. View a list of current supporters. I’m so proud to support this Foolish cause.
Thanks to these and all the other FoolMoon/FestiFools sponsors. View a list of current supporters. I’m so proud to support this Foolish cause.
FoolMoon 2014 | The procession from UMMA started with a slight detour into the U-M campus.
The procession from UMMA started with a slight detour into the U-M campus.
FoolMoon 2014 | Along the Diag to State Street.
Along the Diag to State Street.
FoolMoon 2014 | Through the Nickels Arcade.
Through the Nickels Arcade.
FoolMoon 2014 | With a hop, skip, and a jump to the Michigan Theater.
With a hop, skip, and a jump to the Michigan Theater.
FoolMoon 2014 | All three processionals (from UMMA, Kerrytown, and Slauson Middle School) converged at the corner of Ashley and Washington. Given the freezing rain, the high luminary-to-spectator ratio can only lead to one logical conclusion: if THEY build it, THEY will come.
All three processionals (from UMMA, Kerrytown, and Slauson Middle School) converged at the corner of Ashley and Washington. Given the freezing rain, the high luminary-to-spectator ratio can only lead to one logical conclusion: if THEY build it, THEY will come.
FoolMoon 2014
FoolMoon 2014 | Shadow puppeteer Patrick Elkins demonstrates the Hold-Flashlight-in-Teeth Maneuver™ — an advanced technique that should be attempted only by experts.
Shadow puppeteer Patrick Elkins demonstrates the Hold-Flashlight-in-Teeth Maneuver™ — an advanced technique that should be attempted only by experts.
FoolMoon 2014 | Just as things started to really heat up, it rained, then sleeted, then hailed! But the drums never missed a beat. U-M Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS) Artists-in-Residence Magali Medeiros and Philip Galinsky led the U-M Vencedores Band.
Just as things started to really heat up, it rained, then sleeted, then hailed! But the drums never missed a beat. U-M Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS) Artists-in-Residence Magali Medeiros and Philip Galinsky led the U-M Vencedores Band.
FoolMoon 2014 | It was so exciting, I neglected to realize I had several thousands of dollars of equipment exposed to the warranty-voiding elements. (Thankfully, I came to my senses before any damage could be done.)
It was so exciting, I neglected to realize I had several thousands of dollars of equipment exposed to the warranty-voiding elements. (Thankfully, I came to my senses before any damage could be done.)
FoolMoon 2014 | Once the hail/sleet/snow stopped and it was safe to pull out my camera again, I was determined to capture this woman's radiant smile. Turns out she is Magali Medeiros, a singer-songwriter from Rio de Janeiro. She is a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at U-M’s Lloyd Hall Scholars Program and earned an Outstanding Artist visa with a Special Ability in Samba. (The US government is committed to maintaining our competitive edge over China in the samba market. I totally dig it.)
Once the hail/sleet/snow stopped and it was safe to pull out my camera again, I was determined to capture this woman's radiant smile. Turns out she is Magali Medeiros, a singer-songwriter from Rio de Janeiro. She is a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at U-M’s Lloyd Hall Scholars Program and earned an Outstanding Artist visa with a Special Ability in Samba. (The US government is committed to maintaining our competitive edge over China in the samba market. I totally dig it.)
FoolMoon 2014 | Volunteer Eric Bassey with his giant white rabbit. (Rico photo-bombs.)
Volunteer Eric Bassey with his giant white rabbit. (Rico photo-bombs.)
FoolMoon 2014 | The Spontaneous Art crew were back in force; this time they brought along a fire-breathing friend. Well, as some nervous Nellie would have scolded, had she been observing the antics on Washington St.: “It’s all fun-and-games until someone [in this case, Trevor Stone] winds up with 3rd-degree burns on a largish percentage of his body.”
The Spontaneous Art crew were back in force; this time they brought along a fire-breathing friend. Well, as some nervous Nellie would have scolded, had she been observing the antics on Washington St.: “It’s all fun-and-games until someone [in this case, Trevor Stone] winds up with 3rd-degree burns on a largish percentage of his body.”
FoolMoon 2014 | The Lunch Room’s Joel Panozzo “moonlighting” as a huckster of flame-resistant hats on some dadaist, late-night infomercial . (My credit card is burning a hole through my pocket. Just think how this amazing product could transform my life!)
The Lunch Room’s Joel Panozzo “moonlighting” as a huckster of flame-resistant hats on some dadaist, late-night infomercial . (My credit card is burning a hole through my pocket. Just think how this amazing product could transform my life!)
FoolMoon 2014 | FoolMoon (or at least this particular photo) was marked by a curious overabundance of frogs. The young frog in the stroller looks on with alarm as the fire-breathing dragon incinerates a passerby.
FoolMoon (or at least this particular photo) was marked by a curious overabundance of frogs. The young frog in the stroller looks on with alarm as the fire-breathing dragon incinerates a passerby.
FoolMoon 2014 | Quite a full-spectrum Moonagerie of head- and neckwear.
Quite a full-spectrum Moonagerie of head- and neckwear.
FoolMoon 2014 | Thomas Nighswander took photos with a gigantic, purple, luminary camera. Many of his shots can be seen here.
Thomas Nighswander took photos with a gigantic, purple, luminary camera. Many of his shots can be seen here.
FoolMoon 2014 | The DJ sister duo, Meryl and Leah Waldo kept the beats pumping all night. Meanwhile, Patrick Elkins’s horned, cycloptic hunchback lends a competing groove to the scene — old-school, ghetto-blaster style. (Back in the day, we’d listen to music on “tape.” Ask your parents.)
The DJ sister duo, Meryl and Leah Waldo kept the beats pumping all night. Meanwhile, Patrick Elkins’s horned, cycloptic hunchback lends a competing groove to the scene — old-school, ghetto-blaster style. (Back in the day, we’d listen to music on “tape.” Ask your parents.)
FoolMoon 2014 | My boys, dressed for a typical day at the office.
My boys, dressed for a typical day at the office.

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The pictures are awesome. I can see a lot of hard work and imagination went into this, Looks like a lot of fun. Ah, to be young again

#1 SOLOMON, MARILYN ELAINE

Myra!!! I’m the guy with the dotted helmet and chain jacket. This is so funny. I’m a student at WCC in the photography program and our instructor just recently showed us your website and work. Hahaha. It’s so funny that you wound up taking my photo at this event :D

Love your work! Perhaps we will work together sometime :)

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I’m a professional photographer specializing in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors, and performing artists. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Rich, and our 14-year-old son, Max. Learn more about my portrait and headshot services at Myra Klarman Photography.

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