So, yeah. With wedding season right around the corner, I thought I'd venture out to cover some shows here in New York. For 20 years I've been lucky enough to cover shows for various publications around the state. Covering acts from Pearl Jam to Bill Cosby really kept my job as a photojournalist exciting. Once I exited the newspaper business back in 2010, I was a little sad about having to give up some of the more beloved and personal photo assignments that pushed me to be a more successful photographer. I always loved combining two of my passions, photography and music and although I can't sing or play an instrument, blending the two art forms was thrilling... I was instantly hooked. I took a good two or three year break from the live music scene after I left but shortly found myself in a rut of sorts. It wasn't a creative rut, it was one of those moments in time where I felt I needed to find something in the field to be more passionate about which in turn, brought out more passion in other aspects of my work.
We as photographers always have our ups and downs as well as our strong and weak spots. One week, our work pretty much sucks, or at least we think it does, and the next, we are overjoyed with a collection of images. While I certainly love to photograph weddings and documenting the love between two individuals, there is a certain sense of sanity and comfort when I cover a live show. I'll complain about photographing bands that I've never heard of... until I actually do it and then I'll come home and need to research their entire backgrounds and catalogs. It's a consistent challenge in regards to lighting, usage rights, house and act rules and especially venues but it's something I'll push myself to continue to cover as long as I can.
Enjoy these photos from a recent Primus show with All Them Witches as Mastodon. Photographed for Nippertown.com on May 25, 2018 in Glens Falls, NY.