Sister Munch is the band I photographed the most in 2017, I went to a lot of their hometown shows and also toured with them out to the midwest which obviously, was friggen one of the best things I did in 2017. They are good friends and I love them, plus they are a damn good band that never disappoints when I see them. These are the pics from their last show of the year a few weeks back, which was also the release show for their new EP "Death Breath" which you can check it out on Spotify. Or better yet, DL it from their Bandcamp before 1/16/18 and they'll donate the proceeds to New Alternatives an organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth in NYC. Sounds like a win win to me!
Skip this if you're not a photo nerd...
So "writer's block" for photographers is a real thing which I guess I shouldn't be surprised by but I am. I say that because I've never experienced it before but the past like 2 months or so I've been shooting quite a lot actually, but feel really blocked none-the-less, which is why I have not updated this at all. I've just felt everything I've been doing hasn't been up to par so I've put myself in a rut. I know intellectually that that is not true, that my work is not shit, but emotionally it does feel true (I get really emotional about my work both as a photographer and when I do mixed media stuff haha #emo)
I overthink it all and then want to scrap everything thinking it's not good enough. I also question my skill level and get angry at myself for taking 12 years off, a time in which software and stuff drastically changed so I'm still playing catchup and frustrated by things I don't yet have mastered. But I have been doing a lot of thinking and reading, so I have made some lists of exercises to work on both shooting wise and in the software realm (and started to check things off).
Most of the shooting exercises not related to music photography btw because I think that will help me more in the long run because especially the last year or so, I've tended to do mostly just live bands and I'm not exploring anything else as much as I should be which isn't helping my predicament I'm sure. I absolutely LOVE being at a show with a camera, I always have and always will, but I need to be working on other things too. It's been too long since I have concentrated on random things or abstract work, setting up table tops at home with objects and such and I really miss that.
All artists go through this no matter what our chosen medium is and work through it as well so I'm sure I will too. My friends etc have been supportive and reassuring which is good. I've been getting hired for some things (hire me more people, hire me more!) too which obviously is a good thing. I just need to do what I love, shoot as much as I can and never stop pushing for better. When I was in college I barely ever put my camera down and that's what I think I need now.
This block is why I have yet to have a more formal website. This is better than nothing and it'll do for now but I am going to get out of this rut, stop wasting time, and get to it. So stay tuned!
I have been seriously all about black and white lately which will be obvious once you take a look at the pics haha. I have been thinking a lot back to the black and white epic punk albums/photo spreads within them which opened my eyes to a whole other world out there. I loved getting new records/cds back in the 90s because it was sometimes my only look at these bands cuz it was years before social media and most magazines didn't cover what I wanted to read about (why I started writing zines and taking pics myself in the first place) So I really think I've been feeling a real b/w vibe lately to kind of mirror that aesthetically of the classic heyday of punk and hardcore in the 80s into the 90s.
I saw the documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk a few months ago and thru that also discovered the early work of Murray Bowles and he really captured some remarkable images from the early days of 924 Gilman including Operation Ivy and very, very early Green Day. The rawness of Glen E. Friedman too (I have loved him for many years though I do know he uses/used both color and b/w) That spirit I think has been hanging out with me as I approach shooting shows lately which is cool.
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Necrotic Society is a band I am really growing to love shooting, and I obviously love their music (we share a rehearsal space as well, keep it in the punk family!) Though I'm still working on capturing their drummer JR. Some drummers I have good luck with, others not so much haha. She has proven to be elusive thus far, but I most definitely WILL get that shot! That chase is what I live for afterall ;)
WWIX was up next and talk about a great band to photograph. These guys are so much fun and are pretty much some of the most irreverent punx out there which is a nice change sometimes when the world feels like it's going to fucking shit. They make my life so easy when I'm shooting, though then I have a harder time reigning myself in during the edit! Such is life. Anyway, I can't get enough of their shows and def hope to get to play with them finally in 2018. They've got a bunch of music on Spotify so I suggest you grab a beer (or a Coca-Cola if you're like me) and get to blasting that shit.
The cutest punx in NYC right here people!
I've already sang Sister Munch's praises but for real. DL their music and support them when they play live. Their next show is 1/27 at The Gutter in Greenpoint so point yourselves there, you won't regret it. More info here
Stay tuned, I have a fuck ton more photos from shows that I've shot recently. Will post at least some of them and perhaps some of the portraits and rando-ness I have been doing too though those posts don't even get half the views the band ones do! Come on you punx, you can look at other shit too hahaha
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