Ten of my Favorite Concert Photographs I've Taken (Vol. 1)
Music is my passion and live concert photography makes me feel like I'm staring into the soul of the performer during their most vulnerable moments. I have lots of favorites, so please don't hate me if this list resurfaces a time or two. (All photos here are mine) In no particular order:
- •Pete SeegerI had the pleasure of (literally) sharing a Coke with this legendary songwriter/activist and all-around nice guy at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Okla. several years ago. We stood together at the back at the crowd and watched other performers on the main stage and complained about how hot it was. (Go figure, Oklahoma in July).
- •Mavis StaplesShe sings like an angel and is sweet as one, too. I've seen her perform live a number of times and she has never disappointed.
- •Bruce SpringsteenOne my all-time favorite artists. I've seen him twice, most recently with my sons at JazzFest in New Orleans. He's tricky to photograph because he doesn't stop moving for very long. This isn't a great photo, but I think it shows how happy he is every time he walks into the stage.
- •The Black KeysDan Auerbach performs with such passion that he's always a treat to photograph.
- •NeedtobreatheThese guys were one of the biggest surprises for me. I had low expectations and was blown away by their command from the stage.
- •Ramblin' Jack ElliottWoody Guthrie didn't have too many running buddies, but Jack Elliott and Pete Seeger were two of them. I've been blessed to capture both of their images.
- •Ryan BinghamA couple of my favorite concert images don't even feature the artist's face and this photo is one of them.
- •John MellencampThis was a low-light situation, but sometimes the lighting gods smile down upon you.
- •The Black CroweaSpeaking of lighting gods, this frame demonstrates how important properly placed stage lights are to a well-composed concert photo.
- •Ray LaMontagneI've had the good fortune to see Ray perform a number of times and his haunting voice and lyrics hurt me in ways that are difficult to understand.