As December winds down, I'm done shooting concerts in 2017. Throughout the year, I've seen a number of acts live in both rooms large and small. Now I'm sharing my favorite images taken between January and December. Over the course of the year, I captured photos like these for Impose Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, The Photo Ladies, PopGun Presents, and for my own website.
For more of my favorite photos taken in 2017, portraits are available in this gallery.
And in case you're curious, here are 10 albums released this year that I really enjoyed/listened to quite often:
Chastity Belt, I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone (Hardly Art; released June 2017)
Downtown Boys, Cost of Living (Sub Pop; released August 2017)
Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds from Another Planet (Dead Oceans; released July 2017)
Melkbelly, Nothing Valley (Wax Nine; released October 2017)
milo, who told you to think??!!?!?!?! (Ruby Yacht; released August 2017)
Open Mike Eagle, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group; released September 2017)
Priests, Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon; released January 2017)
Protomartyr, Relatives in Descent (Domino; released September 2017)
Sneaks, It’s a Myth (Merge; released March 2017)
Vagabon, Infinite Worlds (Father/Daughter Records; released February 2017)
2017 was a weird year. I took an unexpected hiatus from photography (thanks to a broken tibia and ankle surgery). As this year comes to an end, I've selected my favorite portraits taken throughout 2017 (there's nothing from mid-March to late May because I was in a cast and couldn't bear any weight on my right leg) in the gallery above which features Japanese Breakfast, Chastity Belt, Cindy Wilson, Heems, Milo, Melkbelly, the team behind Shea Stadium, and others.
A giant thank you to everyone for their time and for letting lil ol' me to take portraits of them this year. I am beyond grateful to you.
My favorite live shots of the year are now available in this gallery.
On Monday, November 6th, tUnE-yArDs announced a last minute show that would take place the very next night at Baby's All Right, a venue with a capacity of 280 people. The band previewed songs from their upcoming release, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, which will be released on January 19, 2018.
Brooklyn rapper Miss Eaves opened the show and was wrapping up her string of tour dates with tUnE-yArDs. I was lucky enough to see Eaves perform at Muchmore's in the past (her record release show for Black Valley was held there) and it was wonderful to see her play for a crowded room with people who were unfamiliar with her smart, feminist, and funny rap songs and experiencing them for the first time.
This was my second time seeing Merrill Garbus' band live (I attended their Webster Hall show three years ago) and I was thankful to catch them in a much more intimate setting. Garbus remarked they were getting the kinks out of their new material but it sounded as if all rough edges were smoothed out before this performance.
I photographed both bands for the above gallery. If you missed the sold out Baby's All Right show, don't fret because tUnE-yArDs will return to Brooklyn in March for a show at a much larger venue, Brooklyn Steel.