In my quest to merge my two artistic passions I am embarking on shooting live music as much as possible. Since I play no instruments and can't sing a note photography allows me to experience music in a whole new light.
Lucky for me I live in a place where there is a variety of live music every night of the week and for most you are only limited by your own time constraints. Last week I sat down and figured out what I could see over the next few weeks. I plotted and planned and lucky for me about 85% of these shows coincided with a day off; so I made my schedule 10 show in 24 days, ambitious sure but I am confident I can do it.
Last weekend I began lightly with 2 shows. 1 Thursday and 1 Friday. I was amazed, as long as the days and as late nights these were I was energized. This was what I wanted to be doing. I did not take a ton of shots at these shows. I really wanted to see the locations, check out the best spots and any issues with lighting and assorted stage set up since I was going to be shooting at these locations in the coming days. 2 shows out of 10 in 24 days down.
This weekend I hit 3 shows, 2 at the same locations I was at last weekend and a third at another location I am very familiar with. I have spent this week preparing and I know what I hope to accomplish at these shows. This should be great and when it is done I will have completed 5 shows in 10 days.
By the end of this project I will have some new exciting images to share and hopefully I will have heard back from the national tours I requested a photo pass from.
I recently watched an interview with a musician who spoke very elegantly and emotionally about the interaction between photography and the music. It was amazing to listen to a musician speak from their perspective. I think these two things go together so well because both are open to interpretation and evoke feeling. I now find myself in the unique position of being a fan of the music and a photographer. I watch the show in awe of the show itself, but I also now find myself thinking about what elements of the performance make a dynamic image.
I look forward to seeing what I develop over these next shows.