For me, concert photography is like a game.
Unlike many other more controlled branches of photography, when you’re at a show, you have to work with almost exactly what you’re given–and what you’re given is the often-frantic state of flux made up of unpredictable, shifting subjects, challenging lighting puppeteered by someone in a dark booth at the back of the room, crowds of people surrounding you, and a whole lot of sensory distractions. You can’t direct what’s happening in front of you, the vast majority of the time at least. You’re trying to catch lightning in a bottle by seeking to make a visual replica of an experience that can’t ever truly be replicated. It’s a futile mission, but it’s still fun to try, and you can make some pretty awesome images in the process.
It’s a game of chance, strategy and action all at once.
I love playing that game, and I’d like to get some more wins under my belt–hence, this venture.
For years I’ve built up a collection of photos on sites like Flickr, but at this juncture, I’ve decided that I want a place for my photos that is a little more “me.” Photography is a hobby for me at this point, but one of my goals for the next year is to try to elevate it from hobby status a bit. I thought a good first step would be to have a website. “You need a personal brand,” says the cynical former PR major, with a barely concealed grimace. 😉
Basically, I want to try to spend this year expanding my portfolio and working through the backlog of shows from the past year that I still have to edit. And this is where I’ll be doing that! I’m also hoping to use this site for other content of a musical nature–that is still to be determined, but I figured I should have somewhere to write about the stuff that occupies my mind at least half of the time. But commitment is hard for those of us who are prone to starting creative projects enthusiastically, loving them for about five minutes, and then wanting to move on to the next big idea a couple days later. That’s why I’m making this thing flexible! Maybe I’ll even roll some of those other ideas into this one.
Anyway, enough rambling. Over the coming month, I’ll begin working through my backlog of photosets and posting new-old content. But for starters, I’ve posted a series of photos from Kris Allen, Sean McConnell and Tyler Woolf at The Hamilton earlier this month. You can view those HERE, and stay tuned (ugh, bad unintentional pun) for more sets coming soon!