Doing what I love for a living is something I don't take for granted. While combining my love of music and photography is something I'll never tire of doing, I try my best to photograph a few shows for fun too.
So of course, when I saw The Front Bottoms had a free show at Lagunitas, I knew I had to bring my camera along for a fun night out. These are a few favorites from the night.
I wrote a long piece explaining the history the 707 area code plays with in the Bay Area hip-hop and rap community and though I've photogaphed and seen E-40, Nef the Pharaoh, OMB Peezy and Andre Nickatina a few other times, this time felt special. The Rohnert Park stop of 40's The Gift Of Gab Tour was the smallest venues I've gotten to photograph the Bay Area Legend and the line-up was a photographers dream come true.
Over the past few months, I’ve found myself only taking pictures for work but I think it’s important to take pictures for fun too.
The medium doesn’t matter, it can be with a polaroid, digital camera, disposable camera or even a phone.
I recently downloaded an app called HUJI, and I’ve had fun challenging myself to create photos while I’m out on the go. Here are a few faves.
I took some time off after the North Bay wildfires started.
The path I run on everyday doesn't look like it used to. Police cars block it and the area behind them looks gray. It's just one of many places affected by the fires but together maybe we can bring a little color back into the gray areas.
These photos are from yesterday's benefit concert at Atlas Coffee.
Ok. So I realize that lately I've mostly been photographing larger venues, but there's a little part of me that will always love photographing D.I.Y concerts. I know that they've recenty gotten a bad rep because of the Ghost ship fire in Oakland but I will never stop going to them.
While yes, this event was tragic and my heart goes out to those who lost some one in this horrific event, I feel this speaks more about the lack of space for the arts in our every day lives and how desperate out housing situation has become in the Bay Area. It's hard for artist and creative spirits to afford housing in the bay, a lot of times people have to live in areas that need a lot of repairs if that means cheaper rent.
As some one who spend a lot of time at house shows and odd spaces watching live music, there is nothing that makes me happier than going to small concerts band's put on themselves. I've laughed, cried, danced and became who I am today because of these impromptu concerts.
So, I thought I'd post a few shots from a show I went to the other night, because for me, nothing heals wounds like live music.
Driving in the rain is usually pretty therapeutic, unless you're driving in San Francisco because thats probably more scary than any haunted house or horror movie I've experienced. Of course, this didn't stop me from driving from the North Bay to photograph M83, who made me forget the horrors of stoping at the top of slippery San Francisco hills and walking a mile in the rain once I finally found parking near the Bill Graham Auditorium.
The whole show was basically one giant dance party and the bands live energy was contagious. I still can't get the bands newest single " Do It, Try It," out of my head. Even the calmer songs like "Wait," off Hurry Up, We're Dreaming had the crowd chanting and cheering.
Growing up, I had photos of Good Charlotte plastered all over my binder. In true eight grade fashion, I listened to The Young and The Hopeless on repeat as though the album's home was in my cheap white boombox covered in band stickers. It was nostalgic photographing a band I listened to in my early teens. The most surprising part was seeing people my age running around moshing and crowd surfing.