43% (sun) Burnt – The Dillinger Escape Plan live from Hellfest, Syracuse, New York, 2003.

As I posted earlier, 2003 was an interesting time – I was finished with school (for the first time), was fresh from a stint in London and had my whole future in front of me (much like I feel now, aside from the London part).  Photographing hardcore and heavy metal was familiar and I took to it as soon as I returned from London.  I hoped that tour management and the opportunities that came with it would help push my photography beyond the then-contemporary magazines “borrowing” my photographs for nothing more than a credit.  In many ways, it did.  More…

Photographer at Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakesh, Morocco.

No trip to Morocco is complete without spending some time at Jemaa el-Fnaa, the Mosque at the End of the World.  Jemaa el-Fnaa is a large public square serving two separate functions – during the day, Jemaa el-Fnaa is occupied by roving street performers, monkeys and their trainers, dancing cobras and other spectacularly wild characters.  At night, the square fills with food vendors and hawkers attempting to steer would-be customers to their stalls. Our favorite feature?  Easily the fresh orange juice vendors.  Try the “melange” – ooh la la! Photographers roam the square offering to capture tourists’ and locals’ experiences alike….

Hell(fest) to Pay – Converge live from Hellfest 2003, Syracuse New York

I recently posted some old photos from Terror’s set at Hellfest 2003.  Like the Terror photos, these Converge photos were made on film and scanned by a cruddy mall photo shop a few days after the fest wrapped up.  Uggggh.  Film was incredibly expensive to learn on…and shooting live photography was a costly adventure regardless of how far along the curve the photographer was. Things have changed.  I walked away from concert photography right when things were getting much easier and cheaper.  I used to hate running home from a shoot, running to the darkroom (or the mall), processing, scanning…

Terror – Live from Hellfest 2003, Syracuse, New York

And now for something completely different – Well before I started assisting photographers and spending all of my time in the darkroom I pushed my way into photographing as many metal and hardcore bands as possible.  Photography was a fantastic point of entry into hardcore – I had a reason to be there even when I didn’t know anybody and my cameras (and the work that I was producing) opened a lot of doors and started many friendships that I still have to this day. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.