CONCERTS + SESSIONS
Have you ever been stressed but also enjoying something at the same time? I'm hardly an expert at analogies but I would compare shooting concerts to like maybe ... skydiving? But like, not your first time where you're terrified, like the 5th time, when you have the confidence of not dying probably, excitement of doing something unusual, and a process that allows an atmosphere with unusual levels of visual inspiration. Like that. But, I've never been skydiving, so what do I know.
Anyhow, art layered on art is always cool. There's something about being in a crowded environment where most everyone, even complete strangers are feeling the same way at the same time all because of lyrics, or a beat, or insane vocals, or the emotion of an entertainer. I'll never forget the goosebumps that I got when I heard the entire crowd at a Tom Petty concert sing in unison the chorus of "You Don't Know How It Feels." We were all singing it, the same as we had every time we heard it before, cooking in the kitchen, or around a bonfire with friends, or in the car on the way home from work, but when thousands of people sing it together, the words almost take on a new meaning. They feel like a bond, an understanding in that one moment that other people could possibly understand things the way you do and that right there is something extraordinarily special. Most people don't even consciously recognize what happens in these moments. They have deep appreciate for them, heck they'll even rate their best and worst concert experiences by them, but they don't even realize it. It's what make music and art absolute magic, it subverts the conscious and goes straight to the subconscious. An artist that can create these moments, song after song after song is one in many many millions. It's why people make the big bucks.
But anyway, I like concerts, I like the energy, I like that moment, and I'm a photographer. It just works.
I also shoot artist headshot/promo sessions (musicians and others) when it comes up.