Posts tagged “Rock and Roll photography

This consumed my life for nearly 72 hours straight

My new portfolio.

Only 31 photos to keep it short, sweet and expresses a full range of event, portraiture and fashion photography.

I’m New York City based. If anyone needs an event photographed in a unique and bold style, please feel free to review the new portfolio to see if I’m the right fit for you. If I am, contact me! I’m still booking for the summer.

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A New Portrait of Cunao

…well, it’s from the same shoot I did back in June. This portrait of Julio Montero (the musician behind Cunao) was previously lost due to the amount of work to putting THIS together. Looking back at this portrait, I think I’ve come to like it more than the other one.

Long Island City
June, 2012

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

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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.

Jump, Tami! Jump! Tami Hart of Making Friendz and MEN

Ok, it’s close enough to the release date. Here’s is a shot for Performer Magazine that will be on shelves next month.

This is Tami Hart.

Photos of Dum Dum Girls @ Bowery Ballroom, March 4, 2011

Some pictures I took of Dum Dum Girls for The Whiskey Dregs.

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