“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers
Photography is a fantastic form of expression and Live photography is a way for me to combine my love of image making and music performance. My main musical interest is in heavy metal and the many variations of guitar driven rock music, usually of the extreme variety. These shows are high energy, loud, abrasive and chaotic (well the good ones!). The rooms are packed, the atmosphere is booze fuelled revelry, bright flashing strobe lighting. It is not the most ideal place for photographic portraits unless you have a press pass and can get between the barrier and the stage. I usually find that clear photos of musicians on stage, unless they capture an exciting moment, do not really capture the atmosphere. I much prefer to use slow shutter speeds that capture the movement and the changes of light. It is a very ad hoc way of making photographs and leaves a lot to chance giving suprising results that can never be captured in the exact same way ever again.
They say that inside every artist is a musician wanting to break out, and inside every musician is an artist. There is always a third option, and artist who wants to depict the music.