Portrait session with Brian, Syracuse, New York. July, 2017.

  Brian, an old friend of mine from Syracuse, New York, recently sat for a portrait in an impromptu studio and brought along his Odd Fellows gear – what a treat!  I had a great time catching up with and collaborating with Brian and loved to hear of each item’s significance.  I look forward to collaborating with Brian in the future.

Portrait session with the Kain Family, Syracuse, New York. July, 2016.

My old friend Ron Kain recently celebrated the birth of his third child, a beautiful little girl, and I eagerly offered / demanded to make a portrait of the baby and her family in their Syracuse, New York home.

Portrait session with Helanah, Syracuse, New York. April, 2016.

Helanah and I recently collaborated on a portrait session in an ad hoc – errr, cough cough – garage studio during a visit to Syracuse, New York.  Despite the space being cramped (and the ceiling being comically low), Helanah was a trooper and her patience and poise are reflections of her professionalism.

Portrait session with D.J. Rose, Syracuse, New York. March, 2016.

I recently caught up with DJ Rose, an old friend and one of the owners of Syracuse’s Halo Tattoos (and one of the creative forces driving the Path of Resistance, a now legendary hardcore group), for a portrait sitting and a long overdue conversation about life, marriage, fatherhood, and a million other topics ranging from the trivial and outrageous to the serious and heartbreaking.  Collaborating with DJ was a treat and I look forward to handing him a boxed set of prints the next time that I see him.

Crown of Thornz, Syracuse, New York. 1997.

As I have discussed earlier (most recently here and here), music has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember.  In the late nineties, I even booked a few shows, though that’s a story for another day.  Crown of Thornz – pictured here performing at Syracuse’s once fantastic Hungry Charley’s – was one of my favorite bands and it was only natural to book them on a show with other acts that I loved and counted as friends.  Crown of Thornz shared a bill that day with Earth Crisis, Madball, Merauder, 25 Ta Life, and Libertine*.  In…

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…

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.