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Folklore #2 | Music + Makers

In Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on June 17, 2016 at 1:32 am

On Wednesday, June 1 Tempus Projects and Vessel Collective hosted the second Folklore, featuring interviews with a music journalist and the creators of Tampa Indie Flea. Ray Roa writes for Sub Ap!, Creative Loafing, and TBT* to name a few as well as working part-time at a local advertising agency. Seanissey Loughlin and Rosey Williams created an event that fosters the makers community and the ‘buy local’ movement. Each of the interviewees comes from a different background, but they’re cut from the same cloth because each is passionate about seeing their friends, neighbors, and Tampa as a whole flourish. About 40 of us listened to their personal histories, lessons they’ve learned, what they love about our city, and what they still hope to see happen in the next few years to our local culture. All proceeds of the event benefit Tempus Projects and its future programming.

This event also marked the 6th birthday of Vessel Collective. That’s 6 years of sharing the successes and struggles of artists, musicians, and creativists. We’re hosted more than a dozen community events under this moniker, including  ‘The Travelogues’ and now ‘Folklore’. Thanks for your support and we’d love to see you at the next events in August (The Travelogues) and September (Folklore).

Thank you to Ryan Seybold for capturing all of Folklore #2’s lovely angles. Keep creating and building, Tampa!




Folklore #1 | Food + Art

In Culture, Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on March 4, 2016 at 4:06 am

On Wednesday, March 2 magic took place. There were no playing cards and nobody was sawed in half, but magic happened in the form of community. A chef and a curator talked about their struggles, successes, hopes for Tampa, and more in front of a live audience in a local art gallery in Seminole Heights amongst over 40 people, one greyhound named Sabina, and several art installations by Brooklyn-based artist, Langdon Graves (the show by Graves was it’s own exhibition, but lended itself very well to Folklore).

The creator of Folklore is also the person behind its umbrella project, Vessel. Her name is Gina Moccio, and she is me. I am so proud and excited to have been able to dream up another project and see it come to fruition. I’m thankful to have partnered with Tempus Projects and have Folklore be a part of the gallery’s 2016 programming and I’m so excited to get to not only do interviews again, but to do them with people who I admire in the local food, music, and art community.

March 2nd’s Folklore heard stories from Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Sarah Howard, Curator of Public Art and Social Practice at USF Institute for Research in Art. We received radio love from JoEllen Schilke on WMNF’s Art in Your Ear and from Lenora Lake at The Tampa Tribune. Thank you to everyone who attended Folklore and those who will come and see us in June for Folklore # 2 with Ray Roa, Rosey Williams, & Seanissey Loughlin. We’ll see you soon! In the meantime, check out photos from the event below by the wonderful Luis Gottardi and stay tuned for more photos by Trey Penton of Two Keys Press and audio from March 2nd’s interviews.

Follow us on Instagram here & tag photos from the event as well as legendary locals you think would make great interviewees at a future Folklore at #folkloretampa.
Chef Ferrell Alvarez – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]


Sarah Howard – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]



Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Postcard Swap with Tampa Type

In Event, The Travelogues on April 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

During the Travelogue that took place on Friday, April 4th, we heard stories from Tampa and Israel. Tampa Type hosted a postcard swap, where audience members could fill out a vintage postcard, drop their address in a fishbowl, and receive a postcard in return from someone else at the event. These are the wonderful postcards that were created that night, and that will be reaching a mailbox near you.

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To see photos and listen to the audio recordings from the Tampa and Israel Travelogue, “Stories of Exploration”, click here.

To find out when the next Travelogue will take place, click here.

Travelogues – Tampa and Israel

In Event, The Travelogues on April 9, 2014 at 3:28 am

On Friday, April 4th, we heard “Stories of Exploration” from Tampa and Israel. We also had a postcard swap, where audience members could fill out a vintage postcard, drop their address in a fishbowl, and receive a postcard in return from someone else at the event. Old Tampa Book Company brought books featuring Tampa and Israel. Profile Racing and History Bike Tampa showcased Tampa’s cycling opportunities.

Matt Coplon shared stories and photos of seeing Tampa’s details and taking advantage of the abandoned during BMX rides with his friends, and Randy Rosenthal showed us the contradictions of Israel– both its stereotypes and its surprises. Stop and look around your hometown. Enjoy it. Take a closer look at what you think you know. Try to hold two ideas in your head at once. Let the good outweigh the bad. These are the ideas, lessons, and images we were shown that night. Below are a few photos and the audio if you’d like to take a first listen, or a second. See you on July 11 for “Tour Stories”.








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To view all of the postcards from the postcard swap, click here.

To view more photos from “Stories of Exploration” on 4/4, click here.

Matt Coplon – Tampa [Presentation Recording]

Randy Rosenthal – Israel [Presentation Recording]

Trey’s Words

In Interview on August 29, 2013 at 2:40 am


Trey Penton is a talented photographer, ambitious creative, definite conspirator, and future pediatrician. I was Googling for images of Old Tampa Book Company because we didn’t have many to choose from, and came across Trey’s blog. He’d posted a photo he’d taken in the store, and a lovely one at that, on his blog, ‘Who Painted the Lion?’. I messaged him to see if he’d be interested in taking some more, he said yes, and now we have a trove of beautiful images and I have a new friend. I’m pleased to present you with Trey’s words.

Who are you, and what are you up to?

Trey Penton. Songwriter. Filmmaker. Photographer. Budding pediatrician. Currently, on a plane to Nashville to see my good friend Ali get married this weekend. But besides that, I’m working a lot at the hospital this month and helping to set up and run this new art label/modern day printing press called The Two Keys Press. I’m super excited about it.

What’s the first thing you created/made that you were proud of?

Probably something out of K’NEX when I was a little kid. Then maybe some sappy poetry in middle school. But if you’re asking about the first thing that I created that I’m still proud of, then I would have to say an album’s worth of songs I wrote with my buddy Paul Tran toward the end of my undergrad days at USF for my honors college thesis project. The album was about Florida history and we played the whole thing live in the Oval Theater with a small orchestra.

When was the last time you felt very inspired?

I was up in Boston and New York City working on a screenplay back in March. My friends took me in and allowed me to live like a writer with no responsibilities other than crafting a good story. I usually gain some inspiration whenever I travel but something in particular about the pace and people and atmosphere of those two cities really inspired me. What I realized was that in a place like NYC, you really have to slow down to understand and digest the meaning of things. But in a place like Tampa, you really have to energize and speed everything up in order to make something meaningful. I came back from my trip ready to hit the ground running and excited about speeding things up.




What was your most recent obstacle? What happened and did you overcome it?

A couple months ago I was stuck writing the final stanza of a new album I’ve been working on. My friend and roommate at the time, Kevin, came in my room and suggested I try to write a couple songs that aren’t a part of any project just to get my creative gears turning again. I took his advice and wrote a song that I’m pretty happy with and I’ve been working on a couple others here and there. I haven’t gotten back to the final stanza on my initial project yet, but I’m confident it will come to me when I need it to. In the meantime, I have a few new things that I wouldn’t have had if I had just kept myself in that place of frustration.

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Nicole’s Words

In Interview on March 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm


The photographer and environmental lawyer, Nicole Kibert, also known as Elawgrrl, is the person you want behind you because she’s incredibly encouraging, and the person you want next to you because of her positive attitude and bubbliness. Once you meet her, it isn’t long before you know exactly what she’s about: travel, photography, and her heart and hometown of Tampa flourishing. Here are her words.

What are some of the things you’re sure of now that you weren’t sure of in your twenties?

1. Gratitude – how being grateful about all the splendid people and things in your life brings more goodness your way.

2. Time – My mom was right about how to assess who to spend your time with… If someone or something adds to your life in some way, you should spend time and energy on them. If someone or something is negative, then don’t spend a moment worrying about them or doing stuff you don’t want to do, especially out of some misguided sense of obligation. The only thing we know for certain is that our time here is finite and you should spend it with people who enhance rather than detract from your life.

3. Money – It’s important to consider how financial decisions that you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. Go to the cheapest, best school you can go to… don’t go to graduate school just because you can’t think of anything else to do and definitely make sure that your likely income will support living and school loans after graduation. And, don’t charge it.

4. Do it anyway – The money comment aside, don’t wait to pursue your dreams, no matter what. You don’t want to be that person in their thirties who wishes they had done x, y or z and are now completely bitter about it.

What’s something you’re still not sure of now?

Why I don’t always follow my own advice. Ha.

What’s something you’d like to try out that you haven’t yet?

Music is an integral part of my life but I haven’t written any music yet. I was in a band briefly in college, but I was the not-so-good singer. So, I’m learning guitar and looking forward to trying my hand at writing some music in the near future.

What have you been thinking about the most lately?

How to move beyond rhetoric to meaningful solutions, which has two main obstacles.

1. THINK – Social Media is such a tremendous asset, but it encourages sound bites and gut reactions rather than well-reasoned, thought out responses to problems. And, I think we have a lot of problems that have solutions out there – we just need to take the time to develop the best solution. I have a sign in my house that simply implores you to “THINK”, and while this is a simple command, it is actually very challenging to be present in the moment and think about one issue and possible solutions for any amount of time because something interesting could be happening on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram right now. If you’re not careful you end up in a continuous loop of not creating yourself, but rather constantly consuming content or checking if other people are consuming and appreciating the content you posted. An example: if I post a cute photo of my dogs or photo of myself wearing a crown, it will often get 10x the amount of interest as a post about writing to your legislators about a terrible bill for Florida. While it is nice that people like my photos, it would be better for society if more people would engage on interacting with legislators too. The problem is that is much easier to click ‘Like’ on a photo than it is to call your representative or write an email.

2. LONG-TERM DECISION-MAKING – My primary focus is on sustainability which on the surface should appeal to everyone since it balances the needs of the environment, economy and people to make the best decisions about how to develop. Unfortunately, short term decision making is the name of the game for power centers for profits (quarterly reports), politicians (next election) and even for us as individuals. It’s important to recognize when you might be impacting the ability to have the best long term future for yourself and the community by demanding a certain outcome right now. An easy example: It takes a long time to grow a shade tree but someone had to be willing to plant that tree knowing full well they likely wouldn’t live long enough to fully enjoy it themselves.

What are you looking for when you photograph?

I seek to capture the essence of a moment in time – the momentary magic. I specialize in live music photography and while music is auditory, the first experience most people have with a band is visual. I seek to capture the essence of live music performances to set the stage for listening to a band or accompanying the first or millionth listen. I posit that only music has the answer.

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(Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls at Webster Hall / 9.30.2013. This is an example of a capture of momentary magic when Frank Turner taught 1,400 people how to play air harmonica and they actually all did it simultaneously.)

What’s the last photo you took?

Yay! An easy question… this photo of the silhouette building in Atlanta yesterday afternoon.

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It’s part of my 4th ‘365 project’. A ‘365 project’ is where a photographer captures at least one image a day. My personal ‘365 challenge’ is to capture something every day that isn’t live music photography, but I annotate the photo with illustrative song lyrics. The link to my 2013 ‘365 project’ in progress is here.

What happens to you when your photograph?

I am focused entirely on what I’m capturing… My friends make fun of how completely absorbed I get when I’m shooting. And that singular focus is why I like to have someone nearby when I’m shooting to let me know if someone is going to jump on my head at a show.

I know you’re an avid traveler, too, which is wonderful! What happens to you when you travel? What are the kinds of things you lose yourself in? What about that challenge you?

Traveling is a core part of my life. The best thing about traveling is the realization that people are the same everywhere and that happiness very truly comes from within no matter where you live or what you do. Along the way, you learn about how to do things in different ways and how to be adaptable and resilient. Traveling brings out the happiness in my soul in a way that few other activities do.

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Kostnice Ossuary Kutna Hora 9.21.11Bone Cathedral – Kostnice Ossuary  Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Sea Lion - Cormorant Point (Floreana) - Galapagos 2.3.09Getting dive bombed by a seal lion in the Galapagos.

Tsaatan Mother and Child - MongoliaA lovely Tsaatan mother and child, Mongolia.

What is it about Tampa that makes you happy to come home from a trip?

It’s simple – Tampa is home. I’m frequently asked why I don’t live in New York or Austin or some other hipster hot spot and the answer is that nowhere else has the unique attributes that make Tampa an ideal community to foster creativity in an environment with unparalleled beauty. Tampa bay is not perfect by any means, but in the past 10 years that I’ve been back in Tampa, the commitment to community building has grown by leaps and bounds for music, art, bicycling, sustainability, etc. It’s awesome that I have continual conflicts about what to do since there are so many great things happening here. It’s possible to make things happen here and to find people who are willing to help make your dreams a reality. It’s not like that everywhere.

Finish these sentences:

I love: color.
I’m always looking for: new ways to engage and expand my horizons as a lawyer, a photographer and a human.
I often tell myself: do it anyway.
I can’t stand: meanness – just be kind.