For years, I've been meaning to scan film negatives that I have stored in various binders. I began this work a while ago and kind of abandoned it when I realized how much time it would take me to complete. Since I'm still recovering from a fractured tibia and not really shooting many shows in the near future, I'm going to finally move this project forward. I've begun by scanning some film I shot at Warped Tour back on August 4, 2001 at Randall's Island. I ended up shooting many frames of Rollins Band which can be seen in the gallery above. Pretty sure these were taken with my Minolta Maxxum camera that I received as a high school graduation gift from my parents.
Last night, Digable Planets and Joey Purp performed a free show at House of Vans and it was the first event I've shot since Pissed Jeans, Mannequin Pussy and Prowler in Philadelphia. The reason for my hiatus was that I broke my right tibia in mid-March and haven't been able to stand or walk on it since the injury. I'm on the mend and wearing a boot for another few weeks.
House of Vans announced their lineup for this summer and series kicked off with Digable Planets and Joey Purp. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to shoot with a camera, cane and medical boot in the pit but I made it work (the pit wasn't extremely crowded which also helped). The lighting on the performers made things a little tricky but I'm happy with the results (although I think last summer's photos of Digable Planets are stronger). Images from last night's fun show appear in the below gallery. If you missed DP, they're also performing on June 21st in Red Hook for Summerstage.
I'm pleased to announce that I'm participating in an upcoming art show called Stakes at Cloud City in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I'll have a print for sale with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center.
The show will open on Friday, April 28th and I hope to see you there! The Facebook event page can be found here.
I've finally decided to create an Instagram account that only has my photography work. It's now available here and I'll post at least one image I've taken each day there, like the above photo of Ian Mackaye of Fugazi taken in 2002.
I got my start photographing shows in the late 90s by showing up with a camera and seeing if I was allowed to shoot. There were definitely concerts I wanted to attend but missed out on because I wasn't old enough to get in (the age restriction was either 18 or 21). All ages spaces like Shea Stadium are crucial because they allow people to perform in front of others and grow from that experience. I'm not an entertainer but Shea allowed me to take photos whenever I was able to. When I was the photo editor at Impose, whenever a photographer requested to cover an event at Shea Stadium, Nora always enthusiastically said yes. I can't think of any other venue in NYC that is still around that almost always allowed photographers to capture shows there without any hesitation.
Shea Stadium recently closed but the good news is that they're working on reopening. They're aiming to get the space up to code, acquire permits, and meet all the requirements that would facilitate their opening. Earlier today, they announced a Kickstarter campaign and they've already met their goal. If you have the means to support them, please do. We need spaces like Shea to foster live music, comedy and other community events.
The Village Voice wrote about Shea's campaign and one of my images ran with the piece. That can be found here.
On Saturday, March 11, Pissed Jeans celebrated the release of their fifth album, Why Love Now? (which is now out on Sub Pop Records) with a sold out record release show at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia, PA.
More images from the concert are now available on Impose Magazine here.
On Friday, March 3, Band Practice and Catherine Cohen celebrated the release of Friends Live #1 (which is out now on JMC Aggreggate) with a live show at Shea Stadium. Friends Live #1 was recorded upstairs at Silent Barn in March 2015 and features live comedy from Catherine on one side, and live music from Band Practice (a.k.a. Jeanette Wall) on the other. Helping the two friends celebrate were more of their friends: music from Debbie (Hayley of Human People), Ben Hopkins (of PWR BTTM) and comedy from Sarah Squirm and Ruby McCollister.
Images from the night are above and more can be found on Impose Magazine here.
On Thursday, February 23, The Lite Blue Movers tour featuring Milo, Randal Bravery, and ELUCID came to Brooklyn, NY. The show also featured an opening set by Denmark Vessey.
I took a few portraits of Milo after his set and the full gallery is now available on Impose Magazine here.
On Thursday, February 10, 2017, the east coast was hit by Winter Storm Niko and NYC received around 9 inches of snow. Thankfully, that didn't prevent three bands from Philadelphia from performing at Sunnyvale.
Until the end of this month (February 28, 2017), I am having a sale on existing prints (11"x14" that are framed and 16"x20" that are unframed). There are also a few 8.5"x11" prints that are available too.
Please check out the print store here.
On Monday, November 21, 2016, Mitski headlined a sold out show at Webster Hall in New York, NY in support of her newest album, Puberty 2.
I spent the previous two years watching her perform on smaller stages around town and it was truly a delight being there that night.
On Sunday, October 30, 2016, legendary British punk band The Damned performed their final sold out 40th Anniversary show at The Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan. They did two sets that night comprising of songs from their extensive catalog and I was lucky enough to shoot the first three songs of each set.
More photos from the show are now available on Impose Magazine here.
In July 2016, I had the pleasure of taking portraits of Norwegian musician Jenny Hval for an upcoming feature on Bandcamp.
The feature is finally live and you can check it out here. Her newest record, Blood Bitch, is out now on Sacred Bones.