When a friend of mine called me and asked me if
I would want to take pictures at a concert, I was a little hesitant at first.
Even though I spent 8+ years attending every concert within a 200 mile radius,
I’m not a concert photographer.
But considering the band, who I have been following since Panhead days, I couldn’t resist.
So, as the day approached, I got a little nervous, more nervous than getting ready for a wedding.
I kept asking myself, “What do I want to accomplish on this shoot?!”
I finally decided that there are two types of concert pictures:
1. Amazing professionals that have access everywhere on and back stage.
They get sweet close-ups and it’s all about the band.
2. Then there are the concert goers with their blurry and orange cellphone pictures
while they are trying to get close-ups because they’re all about the band.
So, I found my approach.
This band is so high energy and it always seems their mission is to be all about the crowd.
I wanted to capture the relationship between the crowd and the band.
Just like a wedding, I want anyone to see the story and feel like they were there.
I hope I did that…
8 October 2009
The friend who called me. Thanks, man. It was awesome!
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