Commentary, Personal, Photography

Thank you old friend

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I have no secrets. What you see is what you get. It is simply not possible to make a living in music photography without living in your Mom’s basement. This includes live music, band promo, artist portraits, et al. There are truly great people in this industry (you know who you are) and true leeches in this industry (you know who you are too). If you are questioning yourself right now you fall on the leech side. That is not my problem, it is yours. This is my first blog posting in over two years. There are a variety of reasons for this. Day job needs, which I am very thankful for. The Ex, and I highlight EX girlfriends who think sitting in traffic after work for two hours, paying for parking, not having dinner, not being with your family, being sent packing after three songs or around 15 minutes on a good night is some kind of wild stripper party backstage I participated in. We most certainly do not get the VIP treatment. No catering, No open bar, No stripper poles, No pay. That stuff doesn’t ever happen anymore. This is the business and politically correct 2010’s or whatever you call it. Hell, I often receive not even a photo credit which is worth about as much as a pile of my dogs poop anyway. I do this because I love it. I do this because I need it. I do this because I care about you more than you care about me and more often than not more than you care about yourself. I do this because I will become an axe murderer if the creative beast does not get out. To me, photography is the most intimate form of communication that exists. The perfect blend of art, science, and life at a moment in time that can never be repeated or experienced again.

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Concert, Photography

Hank Williams Jr

Hank Williams Jr.

Son of legendary country music singer Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr has arguably equaled his fathers influence in his own right. As Hank puts it “I play a few shows a year…when I want, where I want, and for who I want”. Atlanta is fortunate to have the artist perform in our town every few years as he brings his entertaining blend of southern rock, outlaw country, and traditional country influence performing exceptional shows that demonstrate the artists depth and breadth as a musician and songwriter.

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Concert, Photography

Deftones

Deftones

Alternative Metal favorites Deftones deliver a blistering set in direct support of Avenged Sevenfold at Aaron’s Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta, Ga. There are three givens when shooting this artist. All three were met exquisitely.

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Concert, Photography

Ghost

Ghost

Sweden’s Ghost (as in Ghost B.C. when in the States) opens for the Avenged Sevenfold “Hail To The King” tour at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, Ga.

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Concert, Festival, Photography

Wolf @ Progpower USA XIV

Niklas StÄlvind

Founded in Sweden in 1995, Heavy Metal powerhouse Wolf makes their USA debut during Progpower USA XIV in Atlanta, Ga. Bringing elements of now classic metal (think Judas Priest) and Speed Metal (think Motorhead), Wolf was one of those annual great discoveries for me that I never would have had without the existence of this festival. They slayed it during their midday set.

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Concert, Photography

Warrant

Robert Mason

Formed on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California in the 80’s, Warrant continues to delight crowds with classic hits and contemporary works delivered with a newfound enthusiasm brought by frontman Robert Mason.

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Concert, Festival, Photography

Shadow Gallery @ Progpower USA XIV

Shadow Gallery

Revered Leigh High Valley progressive rock band Shadow Gallery performs in the headlining spot of Progpower USA XIV’s first night in a rare live performance that audibly exceeded all expectations with one of the strongest showings of musicianship I have ever had the pleasure of covering.

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Concert, Photography

Preview: Deftones

Deftones

Yea, though I stand in the photo pit of the evil red lights, I will fear no red lights…

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Concert, Photography

Bloody Red Hearts

Jesse Harte/Tommy Redd

Last fall I traveled to the 1930’s built Civic Center in Rome, Georgia to relive the glory days of the local Atlanta scene coupled with the still very relevant Skid Row and Warrant for a night of Rock and Roll. Jessie Harte and his new band Bloody Red Hearts opened the show.

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Concert, Festival, Photography

CIRCLE II CIRCLE @ Progpower USA XIV Preparty

Zack Stevens

Circle II Circle performs Savatage’s classic “Wake Of Magellan” during the Progpower USA XIV pre-party at Atlanta’s Center Stage Theater.

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