Actually, all of the above. One tells a story with photos. For live music, one freezes a continuous medium, yet has to communicate the artist and the continuity of the music. Portraits involve projecting the subject in a meaningful way, photojournalism has a similarity, except the subject explains or brings a story down to human level and draws people in to wonder about that person and ask questions. When people remember things, they mainly remember images. In other words, photos. Photos have symbolic meaning by the images contained.
An effective summary is I approach my photography like music. My eye is the instrument, the camera is the amplifier, the subject is the music itself or the inspiration for creating music. This is context dependent, but like a musician, a photographer has to develop their voice to stand out. My voice is well developed. I traveled to Japan for a music festival last year and spent over a week traveling throughout the country and taking photographs, including two days on Tashirojima, the cat island. I also have an infrared calibrated camera that I haven't used much due to the pandemic, but I can offer that unique service, as well.
Awards, honors and recognition
Two album covers in the past year, two photos in a music festival print calender (Gonerfest), photos used by bands for promotion, including one this week for The Bobby Lees on Alive Naturalsound, and a band photo published in LA Weekly. I met with a high end gallery owner a few months ago and shared my work. He said my work was unique and professional enough for a gallery show.
A fun fact about me
I have an MA in anthropology, which allows me to understand symbolic meaning of material culture. Hence, I can give a brand a voice or amplify the voice it has.
Nikon Z6 x2, Nikon Z50 with full spectrum infrared calibration
Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8,, 50mm and 85mm 1.8 z-mount, 16-28mm 2.8 Tokina, 18-55mm, flash, lume cube
Going the Extra Mile
Michael takes great rock and roll photos. The Soulphonics have hired him several times for live shots at our shows and he always delivered some great shots. He cares!
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