Archive for 'Live Music'

One of my favourite cameras is my Fuji instax, it’s a new school camera that shoot instant film like the old school polaroid cameras your parents loved so very much. I’ve been shooting with it for two years and I’ve taken about 300 shots so far.  Although it’s not cheap -at a buck a shot- it is quite beautiful and worth every cent!

It’s a bit bulky, so I can’t take it when my bag is packed to full already. When I do get to take it, I get some fantastic shots instantly. Fuji Instax unlike like its older counterpart Polaroid, develop in any condition and within about 5-10 seconds.

I also own the awesome Lomo Diana with an instant back shown below. Its a film camera that my awesome wife bought me a few Christmas’s ago. I eventually bought the instant back at the LOMO store in Toronto while checking out CMW this past year.

If you love photography and want something that has instant gratification grab an Instax!

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2012 was a great year! I quit smoking and hopefully worked my last days in a restaurant! Here are some of my photo highlights from the past 12 months.

I shot two rock legends Bruce Springteen and Tom Petty. Along with some other great shows like Death from above 1979, Sam Roberts, Black Label Society and Deltron 3030.

Music Fests on the East Coast this year were fantastic; Summer Sonic brought some amazing acts such as Father John Misty (my favorite album of 2012), Rise Against, Bahamas, K’Naan, The vandals, Stars, Propaghandi and Lag Wagon. I went to Harvest Jazz and Blues fest for the first time this year and saw two of my favorite bands of the last few years Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Avett Brothers and Charles Bradley ( three times this year!) lots for other great acts like Kathleen Edwards, Tedeschi Trucks band, John Mayall, and Wintersleep rocked to festival as well. Halifax Pop Exposion had a rediculous lien up this year a few of my highlights from the fest were El-P, Yamantaka, Black Lips, DJ Craze, Deer Tick, of Montreal, Purity Ring and Elliot Brood.

I did a few new promo sets for some local bands and great Friends The Stanfields, Kim Wempe, Rain Over Saint Ambrose and J-Bru.

Had my first ECMA nomination for Visual artist of the year. My first Music Nova Scotia nomination for Visual artist of the year and was voted BEST live music photographer in Halifax by readers of The Coast.

Cirque Du Soliel Dralion came to town and  I got to shoot it for the second time. What an amazing show!

A few covers with my images hit news stands across halifax this past year including the Bruce Springsteen Metro cover. At The Coast I had the Willie Stratton cover (New music 2012), Jean Benoit- Deslauriers – of Benjamin Bridge (wine Enthusiastic), Halifax Rainmen (Major League) and Ace Burger’s co-owner George Christakos (New Restaurants 2012).

This year in Weddings we had six lovely couples including Courntey and Joel, Joel and Suzanne, Alex and Curtis, Ryan and Kara, Scott & Maureen, Jennie and Jake and Lucy and Ron.

I want to thanks my Wife Joce whom I couldn’t have done any of this with! All the fine folks at The Coast for letting me do what I do. Also huge thanks to my intern Eric “Erock” Matheson for doing  such a bang up job helping me out this past year (can I keep you?) hahah! Thanks to all my fantastic clients and friends for another great year!

Bring it 2013!

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November 10, 2012
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After thinking I would never get a chance to witness the greatness that DFA was. They decided to reunite last year at SXSW and people freaked out! So glad they decided to do a Canadian Tour.

Here are a few favs form the show last night.

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November 08, 2012
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A few photos from the Black Label Society show that Sonic Concerts put on last month.

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November 03, 2012
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Sonic Concerts puts on some amazing shows! Summersonic is an example of what kind of awesomeness can happen in Halifax, if you put your mind to it.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the two of three days I got to photograph Summer sonic this year.

Biggest highlight of the fest for me would have to be Father John Misty, my favorite album of 2012 by far!

October 24, 2012
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The Halifax Pop Explosion celebrated their  20th anniversary this year!

They brought in some amazing acts like El-P, Of Montreal, Black Lips, Purity Ring, Atlas Sound, Elliot Brood, Wintersleep,  Deer Tick.

I got around to photographing 43 of the 150 bands over a five day span.

Some of my favorite acts were Black Lips, El-P, DJ Craze, Elliot Brood, Purity Ring, Nova Scoita’s own Rain Over Saint Ambrose and  Failure Epics and the ridiculous Of Montreal show.

A few weeks ago, my wife Joce and I headed to Fredericton for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. I was so excited to have the chance to see three major acts that are currently on my live band ‘bucket list’.  I saw and met so many talented musicians – local talent from New Brunswick, major international acts and lots of talent that I was experiencing for the very first time.  It was an incredible weekend and one of the best music festivals I have ever experienced.  I want to share my top three things about the whole festival:

 

1)    First and foremost I went to experience the music, and the music alone was the highlight.  With my top three acts- Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley (twice!) and The Avett Brothers- I was bouncing from street to street, tent to tent to catch others such as, Wintersleep, Said the Whale, Kathleen Edwards, David Myles, Derek Trucks- and even catching a few legends along the way like Bruce Hornsby and John Mayall.

 

2)    Secondly it’s clear that I loved the Festival- beyond the music it was amazing to see the streets shut down and the city of Fredericton buzzing – the people are all top notch!  To all the volunteers of the Festival- I know there were so many- everyone was friendly and able to help in any way they could, they all deserve a huge shout out for their hard work and long hours keeping organized!

 

3)    Lastly, I have to let you know that I ate from a food truck for almost every meal. The food was awesome!  On Saturday we took in the Fredericton Market… wow! From Samosas to Lobster Rolls, Chowder to Schnitzel we saw and ate it all believe it or not!

 

If you have never made the trip to Fredericton to experience this music festival I highly recommend bringing your friends and family along.   I have next year’s Festival dates set in my calendar already and I am already looking forward to seeing some more incredible musicians next year!storyboard015 storyboard001 storyboard023 storyboard017 storyboard014 storyboard006 storyboard007 storyboard008 storyboard009 storyboard011 storyboard002 storyboard003 storyboard004 storyboard022 storyboard005 storyboard010 storyboard018 storyboard021 storyboard019 storyboard020 storyboard012 storyboard013storyboard016 storyboard024 storyboard025 storyboard026 storyboard027

Who doesn’t like Bruce Springsteen? Honestly….everyone loves The Boss! If you’ve seen his live performance, you can’t help belt out the lyrics to some of your favorite tunes! I only got to see the first three songs of his almost four hour set, but I loved that he played “working on the highway”, one of my favorite songs by The Boss. The selection of tracks from the new album were fantastic as well, especially ”wrecking ball”!

Take a look at the photos… maybe you’ll see yourself in one.