I love rock and roll photography. It's addictive, a serious rush, especially when the band knows how to put on a show. Last weekend at Harlow's in downtown Ozark , Alabama, the band "Midlife Crisis" put on a great show.
I liken live performance photography, most notably high energy music like rock, to a high intensity workout. It builds one's skills and quickly highlights a photographer's weaknesses. The floor is crowded with people who want to see the show, not a photographer's back. If you can keep up with fast moving band in a dark venue with constantly changing light conditions, those skills readily translate to other subjects in challenging conditions.
I try to come out of every live performance session with a list of lessons-learned to carry to my next session, whatever the subject may be. Sometimes, if the band is really good, I find myself pulsing to the harmony, my Canon's shutter clicking to the beat. It's a great feeling capturing photons in sync with the rhythm. Last Saturday was exactly like that. Here's some of my favorite shots from Midlife Crisis, Live at Harlow's on 2 October, 2021.
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