A rather irregular photo blog sharing six images from the archives at www.timbirdphotography.com and other adventures.
One of the great things about self-employment in this line of work is that life is even more full of surprises than it might be otherwise. Las Vegas was one of those places I never thought I would visit, but a couple of weeks ago I was commissioned to attend a conference on something called Big Data and to write an article on the subject. Not my usual field, but I’m nothing if not versatile, so I jumped at the chance. I listened to Steely Dan’s Showbiz Kids and ZZ Top’s version of Viva Las Vegas to get myself in the mood and off I went.
Las Vegas is like concentrated USA, a money-making, money-spending machine in the middle of the desert in Nevada. I was a bit frustrated to be mostly confined to Las Vegas Boulevard, otherwise known as the Strip, lined with endless casinos, hotels like mini-Disneylands, restaurants selling unfeasibly large plates of food and Latinos in g-strings and nothing else gaily jogging over the crossways. I glimpsed the rugged mountains of the desert glowing at sunrise and sunset, backdrops for a thousand Westerns, but I couldn’t get out there. I also regret not having time to go and see Donny and Marie Osmond perform. Maybe I’ll go back one day and the chances are they’ll still be on the bill.
I probably wouldn’t hurry back to Vegas – I don’t know how to gamble for one thing, and that’s a fairly basic requisite. But it provided some entertaining shooting opportunities that distracted me from losing my wages. Here are a handful of shots from my short visit: