“To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is a by-product of an act of total attention.
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Somehow I overshot or over published by a day, so I just took a break, it allowed me to finish post processing a Spirit and Bone shoot from this past weekend. It was a full moon and a Blue Moon. First time to actually be in water as the moon was rising and it was incredible to see the glow from the light of the moon shining, reflecting on the water. So peaceful. The only noise was the sound of the river as it quietly moved along.
Sometimes I wonder where this will all end up. So this post may end up rambling a bit as I let my thoughts meander.
After really looking at everything, the truth is at this point, I feel like the book is about dreams and the tour here in the US certainly supports that with almost all of the theatres being historic ones. The three theatres in England also seem to be historic, in fact I am going to cover and add them to this roster of dates…but Australia, New Zealand are brand new complexes and not keeping to the US tour’s idea of small and intimate. I get it, business, gotta get the sales in there and in this case since you have not really been there as a performing artist, you want to be able to present to as wide a range as possible.
I personally, while seriously stoked about winning the media pass and enjoying the concert as it was a first for me…I can see and definitely get the appeal of a smaller theater. When I shot Jesse Cook in 2014 at UT’s Texas Union Theatre, seating there is like 500 or less and to be able to see Jesse for the first time in this small venue, really set the tone for me and the closeness for imagery was incredible.
When I am shooting like that I know how to either become one with the people or shoot unobtrusively. I have to say that when it comes to shooting live music, I am finding myself really drawn to the smaller crowds, the bands that interact with their fans ….WITHOUT charging an enormous meet and greet fee. Music has been and always will be built around the art of storytelling and that relies on emotion and connection. I have sat in the crowd and watched how the bands interact with their audience…I find the best shows are the ones where you felt really connected with the artist. And your show in Houston that year…well it was huge and it was more like a movie than an actual interaction.
I now know that as a general rule I prefer the smaller more intimate venue shows and the less famous musicians (lol)…that being said however I am really excited to see the imagery that can come from this tour. Especially the back stage ones, the un-thought about ones. This comment from Eric Ryan Anderson pretty much sums up my style/thought process:
“…sometimes it can feel like a bit of a transaction, but really all I am searching for is that one moment where someone lets their guard down. Celebrities are so used to being photographed and I never walk into the shoot expecting them to see me as anything more than a technician and a checklist in their daily routine. What’s great is when you can break that barrier and engage ever so slightly, reveal a bit about your intention and learn a bit about their expectations. If you can get just below that surface level, you are much more likely to come away with something interesting…”
I suppose this is a conversation that can go on forever. Fans of and Not fans of “big” music…technology vs personal shows and interactions, in the end the public will be the deciding factor.
as an aside……you should know I really dislike the word FAN, in fact I pretty much avoid it and won’t use it. To me it is a negative. It implies a thoughtless or mindlessness and that is NOT true…well of in 99.5 percent of the audience. Music has been and will continue to be the one form or expressions that encompasses everything in life, thought, story, emotion, sharing. In order to build an audience the musician/storyteller has to be available to his/her audience.
I think I have rambled enough for today