About eight or ten months ago, I pretty much stopped shooting shows. I got really burned out and had a ton of self doubt about what I was doing and why I was doing it. I had to look within to really pull some things out of my work to take it to the next level. I made a few lens changes, went from being a purist with my editing to experimenting with different techniques that made my images standout. I started looking at what many of the photographers I admired were doing with light, angles and techniques but ultimately looking at the masters like Jim Marshall for iconic images. I started shooting more for capturing a mood or a feel for the show and trying to convey this throughout my shots. Where others I know can shoot thousands of images in an hour and a half (local) show, I would look for those moments that got me maybe 200 frames the whole night if I was pushing it. For those of you that read this site know that I normally publish 15-20 at the most of each show. Sharing only the best that makes the band look good and ultimately speaks to the quality of my work.
This week two bands that I really admire felt the work was good enough to share with their fans on their websites. Mindflow, a show I shot last week and Underride both used some of my best work. It makes me feel grateful that not only do they appreciate my efforts, but both bands have expressed it both publicly and privately. Guess I’m giving myself a pat on the back here.. .. but I’ll keep chugging along like the midnight train above.
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