Posts tagged “concert photography

Matthew Dear at Capitale (before, during, after)

Standing back and watching the show, backstage with my best friend while working for a publication was thrilling.

Matthew Dear
Capitale
New York City
February 22, 2013

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Bands Without Faces

I got my start in NYC photographing bands for temporarily-defunct The Whiskey Dregs. Free shows. Free music. Cool people and interesting venues — all with various lighting conditions and a sometimes adherence to non-flash photography, which is a bitch when you’re shooting at places like Mercury Lounge with dim moody lighting. I’d take a shot and pause to review it on my tiny LCD screen. Sometimes it’d look sharp and right and others it’d look blurry with light smearing the background. Although unusable, these shots would often become favorites which would be sadly relegated to the un-flagged pile of my digital contact sheets.

I enjoy the abstractions of light, the contours of the human body and how it could be pulled apart like sci-fi film experiment. I rarely ever look at these though I feel that they more accurately portray the feeling of the artists’ music — the mood and the action. A couple years ago, I wanted to make a whole series of these. Blurred portraits of indie bands on the up-and-up but I never pursued it. It might have been a fun project.

To be clear, most of these are happy mistakes.

Various Locations
New York City
2009-2011

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A Place to Bury Strangers’ New Video Made from Hipstamatic Photos

I’m a huge fan of A Place to Bury Strangers and they’ve provided my favorite concert photos. Lead singer and guitarist, Oliver Ackermann composed this video from his collection of Hipstamatic photos in what is probably the most inexpensive yet cool music video I’ve ever seen. The song is pretty great, too. It’s on their upcoming EP due out on 2/7.

To see some of my favorite shots of this raucous band, go HERE.


A Place to Bury Strangers, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Kills @ Terminal 5, New York, NY

August 8, 2011

Keep scrolling to find pictures of all of the bands.

This is part of a review I did for The Whiskey Dregs.

A Place to Bury Strangers






The Pains of Being Pure at Heart






The Kills








Photos From The Other Night

Apollo Heights is a very good band to watch when you’re out and about town.


What? No cameras?

Obviously I’m in the “let the photographers take pictures at the show” camp. I completely understand people who have beef with using flash at a show. It totally kills the mood and I will argue against those who do. Nothing is more annoying than trying to enjoy the vibe of a show and a photographer has a flash going off in your face. Have I done it? Yeah. Totally but not anymore. If I have done it in the last few months, it has been for effect, away from people’s faces, off to the side, or during some crazy strobe action. In other words, when I do use it, I blend in.

So why not let me bring my “pro” camera to the show to take pictures of bands I like? At least my shots will be good.

Last night I saw a metal band at Gramercy Theater called The Chariot. They fucking rocked so hard. The bassist is the greatest bass player who never played bass. The band put on a performance…in other words the BEST time to have a camera. Eff. But no worries since the iPhone has a capable camera — capable of doing shitty pictures in low light but if you know what you’re getting into and want to shoot for a certain effect then having one around is a million times awesome.

What’s also great about the iPhone’s camera is that it’s kinda stupid and doesn’t know that shooting at f/2.8 when the subject is 10-15 feet away will render it blurred. Thankfully I like blurred because it almost looks lomographic — like a pinhole camera.

Anyway, here were the results. I edited these in Lightroom and rendered them in black + white to make them look as lomo as possible. Beautiful shapes and arcs of light occurred. Who cares if you can’t see their faces?

* Although I have Hipstamatic on my phone, I chose not to use it because it’s become a caricature of itself. Great app but, to me, it just makes a crap photo look cool. Good intentions overused.


Emilie Simon, Jessica 6, and the yes yes band

There’s no yes yes band.

Here are some pictures though that I took of Jessica 6 and Emilie Simon @ Mercury Lounge on 3/1

Emilie Simon

Emilie Simon

Jessica 6

Jessica 6

Jessica 6