I see music and hearing photographs and at a Mötley Crüe concert you see all that fcuked up color, distorted and bent lights coming from the guitars – I think the right combination of chords can do something special to the light that no soft box can do for you. Nothing beats looking through the viewfinder, it’s like putting on the headphones and turning the volume nub to about 11 or so but looking at the life a in back of the camera comes a close second.
If it’s not worth shooting it not worth looking at and if its that great that needs to seen by the others then it should be shot by someone that can transcend that greatness to the audience that wasn’t there.
Did I hear it or see it first? I hear nothing! It gets fun when you get to predict what you are going to see next, then its when you get terrified, terrified because you know someone is going to step on set to touch the hair or clothes or say something dumb to the model and distract the moment for ever — wait we are at the concert, well same shit happens every where. On the plane for a wing shot, on the street, in the cab when you see an amazing moment of light [ thats when you are at the stop light and you see a shot out side your window lined up perfect, it happens all the time now !] then the driver decides to move forward and it all ruined – why do they always do that? Its always better to get the content or emotion feel right than to get the perfect technical images that says nothing.
People always ask what lens, what soft box, what guitar & what amp you are using. who cares ” its all same shit ” but what ever you do make sure you can play all your images on an acoustic guitar on some street corner anywhere – you will not always have the main stage and all the lights.
Here are some personal photos I did at the show – I like the sound of them – Babak Photos 2011 www.babak.ca