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A. Lesser's Ponderings

Anne Katherine Lesser (please...call me Annie) is an award winning poet, produced playwright, and published photographer. Here are her thoughts and work she is currently exploring.

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My Electric Six pictures were posted on CMJ.com yesterday.

My Electric Six pictures were posted on CMJ.com yesterday.

My School of Seven Bells pics from Saturday up on CMJ’s website.

My School of Seven Bells pics from Saturday up on CMJ’s website.

Photo of Sen. Al Franken from the MN State Fair Affair at the Bell House in Brooklyn. I photographed this event for the Minnesota Culture club, and let me tell you, fun was had. Hosted by Sam Osterhout there was a food on a stick contest judged by Senator Al Franken, a butter sculpting contest judged by the crowd, comedians John and Molly Knefel of John and Molly get along, and much much more!

Photo of Sen. Al Franken from the MN State Fair Affair at the Bell House in Brooklyn. I photographed this event for the Minnesota Culture club, and let me tell you, fun was had. Hosted by Sam Osterhout there was a food on a stick contest judged by Senator Al Franken, a butter sculpting contest judged by the crowd, comedians John and Molly Knefel of John and Molly get along, and much much more!

Julian Koster tells the story of his Romanian Circus performing ancestors and the greatest circus act never imitated. A beautiful moment.

Another Doveman Burgundy Stain Session picture. David Thomas Broughton…he amazed me.

Another Doveman Burgundy Stain Session picture. David Thomas Broughton…he amazed me.

Because you all liked the pic of Tegan so much, here are some more.

Tegan Quin.
I really love these obscured photos I’ve been taking, ref my Glen Hansard one.
This was at this month’s Doveman Burgundy Stain Session.

Tegan Quin.

I really love these obscured photos I’ve been taking, ref my Glen Hansard one.

This was at this month’s Doveman Burgundy Stain Session.

My Soul: A RAMBLING ON PLACE AND ARTIST

I am graduating school this may and will be entering the world trying to break into the art and entertainment industry. I want my primary source of income to be writing, taking photos, and/or something of that nature. So the question that often arises when I talk to people about this is, “Are you going to stay in New York?”

Well I’m going to move wherever I get a job…and that may or may not be Los Angeles. And you might be saying, “HEY ANNIE! Don’t only sell outs or people without souls move to Los Angeles? Wouldn’t you be better off in New York, where the people and the art is real and hip like you?” I don’t see it that way. That is because starting about a year after I moved to New York I began to view New York as a city for sell outs and soulless artists.

When people talk about Los Angeles they often talk about how it takes people’s souls. They paint a picture of people who are willing to give up on integrity in their art in order to become famous or make money…But all my friends who have moved to Los Angeles are doing what they love and are being paid for it. And none of them are complaining. (I have lots of friends that moved out there to perform as comedians/actors, work as PAs, and get jobs as location scouts for films, and all are happy. Not a single one of them has told me he or she regrets the move.)

In New York a large amount of my friends are artists, all of them have their souls still intact, but I often meet artists who I try to become friends with, but discover their souls mangled things that I cannot even begin to look at without feeling physically ill. People in New York may have “integrity” when it comes to their art, but they lose their integrity when it comes to acting like good human beings. Some artists I’ve met will pretend to like you and your work, but talk behind your back constantly about how much better they could do anything that you do. Others will steal your clients. Many of them are just huge suck ups and fame whores. I literally feel like I’m dying a little inside every time I see one artist screw over another, or be passive aggressive when looking at another person’s work.

I grew up in Chicago, and in Chicago I may have been treated like crap by a lot of people, but when it came to dealing with other artists there was a mutual respect we had for each other. A writer will tell you to your face if he or she doesn’t like your work, but will do so with the good intention of giving you constructive criticism, there is no one lying to your face about your work. In Chicago people would be willing to collaborate for a love of the art, not for the prestige they’d get for working with a certain artist due to his/her notoriety.

I also lived for a while in Prague and although there is a lot of the pretentiousness and competitiveness of the New York art scene there, it is so intimate and runs with such small circles that everyone knows each other, so there is an immediate level playing field of mutual respect.

Basically a lot of what makes me an artist whose soul is still intact comes from the fact that I am a good person who tries to surround herself with other people who don’t draw on negativity for their triumphs. Because of that where ever I move/work after I graduate I will be able to keep my soul intact. I’ve lasted this long without losing it in New York, I won’t lose it in LA, and if I go to somewhere like Chicago or Prague or Baltimore (I have a huge city crush on Baltimore, I wanna live there hardcore) I will still be a good person even after having been surrounded by so much negativity. My soul is my soul and it shall stay eternally inside of me and of course in my writing and art.

Picture I took of Glen Hansard the other night. I got a lot of good shots, but this is my favorite because of all the obstructions along with his beat up guitar. He was playing with Doveman, who is doing a residency at Le Poisson Rouge. Doveman has his next show on March 16th at LPR and is performing with many special guests such as Martha Wainwright.

Picture I took of Glen Hansard the other night. I got a lot of good shots, but this is my favorite because of all the obstructions along with his beat up guitar. He was playing with Doveman, who is doing a residency at Le Poisson Rouge. Doveman has his next show on March 16th at LPR and is performing with many special guests such as Martha Wainwright.

GOLDEN TOWER OF HIPSTERS

My friend Jakub Johanek who lives in Prague and is a DJ for Radio Wave and is in the band 100Degrees was messaging me today asking me where I was living and this is the conversation that occurred.
ME: New York
Jakub: golden town of hipsters
ME: hahah indeed
JAKUB: and directly?
ME: I live on the top of that golden tower of hipsters in Williamsburg Brooklyn
JAKUB: sounds like some novel from mr. nobody :):)
ME: or a play
JAKUB: Any new photos?
ME: Just photographed this doveman show that Glen Hansard and Nora Jones came in as special guests for...
JAKUB: Glen is famous in NY or is some indie stuff....
ME: Can I put this conversation on my blog?
JAKUB: You mean like public boredom?
ME: EXACTLY!
JAKUB: Likein song from Glen NY Hansard
ME: He's Irish...
JAKUB: Little Irish, Little Czech...
ME: Markéta Irglová's Czech...