Victoria Price at Phantom Carriage Vincent Price Beer Dinner~
Whenever possible, you should always find something to love about your work. I don’t mean overall. I mean, every project you agree to be a part of, finding even a small thing to be passionate about, results in whatever you’re making, better. Better for your client and better for your soul. Better for your art.
I do appreciate being asked to photograph the occasional wedding or event. But almost without exception, I turn them down. It’s not that I think I’m “too good” to do that kind of work. It’s almost the opposite. There are wonderful photographers, many friends of mine, who positively love the challenge of walking into a fluid scene, and making absolutely beautiful photos of it. And much better photos than I would probably make. Simply because I don’t have the passion for that genre of work.
But notice that I said, almost without exception.
Finding passion in any project is different for everyone. And that’s a wonderful thing. Sometimes it’s that I really believe in the people involved, and I want to be a part of it. They inspire me. What they do inspires me. Maybe it’s the spirit of their community. Maybe I see how they treat the people around them with care and grace. And in that I find the passion to create something beautiful for them. With them.
Martin Svab and the community at Phantom Carriage Brewery inspire me. I like what they do. I like how they do it. And because of that, I’ve made a lot of photography for them in the past year. Doesn’t really matter what it is I’m photographing for them. Doesn’t matter that it’s not the kind of photography I’m most known for. Their passion ignites my passion.
I would describe Phantom Carriage as a kind of haunted brewery, with a great heavy soundtrack (and more Kraftwerk than you usually here these days), and an unusual on-premise-crafted selection of beers, that are often inspired by the classic horror films they screen in the Phantom Carriage Theatre Room. And the food is exceptional too. It’s quite the atmosphere to walk into. But it’s more than that. When I walked in for the first time over a year ago, I felt a warmer welcome there than most other adult beverage joints I’ve happened into since I reached legal drinking age. And that’s the community I mentioned up there at the top.
And it’s because of that combination of warmth, skill and enthusiasm for what they do, that they’ve become the occasional stop for old hollywood horror royalty. And one night back in November was typical of that.
Hollywood horror acting legend Vincent Price, managed to transverse many genres of the entertainment industry in his varied career. From classic films such as, Laura, The Song of Bernadette, House of Wax, The House of Usher, The Abominable Dr. Phibis, to more recently, Edward Scissorhands. He was Egghead in the 1960’s Batman TV show. He was even on the Brady Bunch. Michael Jackson used his voice in Thriller. As did Alice Cooper in Welcome to My Nightmare.
What is less known about Vincent Price was his love of fine art and of cooking. Which brings me, (at long last), to today’s blog photographs. Vincent published several volumes of cook books with his second wife, Mary. Their daughter Victoria continues to keep her father’s legacy in the public view. And she was the guest of honor at the Phantom Carriage Vincent Price Beer Dinner. And she regaled a gathering of diners with stories of her father, his films, his love of art, and of course, his passion for cooking.
Victoria couldn’t have been more gracious, even when I sheepishly told her my earliest memory of her father was on Batman when I was a boy. Apparently, Vincent loved the role of Egghead.
Books were signed. Specialty beer cocktails were enjoyed. Delicious food was served. Lively discussions were had. It was a beautiful evening held in the shadows of hundreds of Phantom Carriage’s aging barrels. A perfectly haunted atmosphere to celebrate a legend and his daughter.
No problem finding the passion there.
Cheers, Gentle Readers!