rlrad 2011-11-16 21:31
I'm trying to puzzle out how you got into a venue with not one, but two DSLR cameras when I am reduced to begging to be allowed to shoot national (not to mention international) acts at all. Then I picture you juggling a pint of beer at the same time. Quite a feat - you are considerably multi-talented!
I had a look at both photos, somehow I must have missed the older shot because I can't imagine I would not have commented. Technically, I like the color version better, but emotionally I enjoy this one the best. It catches the action and the spirit of rock 'n' roll better, in my opinion. You got him screaming into the mic, sweat and veins popping out at his throat, eyes squinting from the effort. Here you show the feeling and passion of the man in his moment - one of the reasons why he became so wildly popular, even beyond the borders of his home nation.
It's moments like this that make me, a beginning-to-be-old man, clamor for tickets to shows and brave mosh pits at punk rock bars in an endeavor to capture how the music sounds and feels in one incredible shot.
So, technically, this shot might have been better, sure. Emotionally, no. I mean, you only have a split second to take the shot and maybe less to recognize it and bring your camera to your face so you can compose and press the shutter. You were fortunate to get Nick's screamin' self into the frame over the other folk's heads at just the right moment. And you got the area of most interest off-center, up and to the left in the sweet spot. Great job!
So, in Australia don't they refuse you entry at the door if you have a "professional" camera, or did you have some sort of special dispensation that allowed you to photograph your hero with wild abandon?
We have a fight going on with the music industry here - the bands are being more and more restrictive regarding music photography. Professional music photographers are starting to boycott shows when management tries to make them sign away the rights to their work. Even I have stopped giving shots to the band in support of the persons who make their living doing that work. It's counter-productive for the music industry. I mean, would you have been as eager to buy the Pearl album if you hadn't seen a Rolling Stone photo of a nearly-collapsed Janis Joplin, backstage after a concert, in a recliner with a bottle of Southern Comfort between her legs?
Photos like this make people seek out the music of the subject. They see they passion and will buy the music because they know the musician really means what he sings. I hadn't heard Nick Cave in some years, so now I will be checking out some of his latest. Maybe if he comes to St. Louis, I will hit up his Facebook to see if I can take a few shots myself.
I do like the black & white conversion and the over-exposed white of the background. Makes it seem more raw. Rock n roll is at it's best when raw, don't you think?
Party on girl!
To rlrad: Nick, Janis & Friends
Do you know it was only yesterday I was thinking of my old friend Reed. How have you been matey? I hope all's good in downtown Missouri. Please send my best to Bubba too! Your garage shot still has me in stitches.
I'm so happy you commented on this one, thank you so much. Whenever I see photos of musicians I think of you and nobody here on TE takes better concert shots than you. I mean that most sincerely.
Yeah the shot aint the best, I prefer the colour one for the reasons you talk about. But I love this one because it's Nick completely unleashing. Which, as you say, is what rock n roll is all about.
Actually I only had one DSLR with me, the 30D. I made a mistake with the camera description. I only took about 5 shots as the concert was so good and after all, we go to the concert for the music right? Janis would have been proud of me juggling my camera and the beer - although she'd have preferred a Southern Comfort or Wild Turkey I suppose
Security here in Australia is pretty laid back with cameras, especially at the smaller venues, like this one was. I even got a camera into see Placido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins!
I take your point about the industry fight. It's all about money at the end of the day. But with digital cameras being accessible for everyone now, and joes like you and I being able to take half-decent shots, the ball really in open court. Plus, I take these photos for my own memories - as Alzheimers runs in the family, I reckon they're gonna be necessary
All that aside, as for Janis, my idol (God Rest Her), I would have bought Pearl no matter what photo I saw or didn't see of her. Actually, I think I was only about 1 year old when Pearl was released, but 11 years later I was hooked In fact Little Girl Blue is playing loud n clear on the amps as I write this. What a tragic, raw talent she was. And no one was more raw than Janis.
Are you on Facebook? I'll have to stalk you. I'm there too if you want to stay in touch.
Cheers and thanks so much for taking the time to write such an interesting and thoughtful critique