Post Date Jan 6

Eric Lambert – Shoe Fest 2011

This shot of Eric Lambert was taken at Shoe Fest 2011 when he was still playing with Henhouse Prowlers. The first year of Shoe Fest at the original campgrounds was really something special in 2011. This set from the Prowlers drew nearly every head in attendance to the stage and controlled the energy of that entire crowd throughout the set. Great memories.

You can find more on Eric’s new projects and teaching at his website. www.ericlambert.com

Eric Lambert - Shoe Fest 2011

Post Date Jan 3

Bluegrass Sunday – String Cheese Incident wsg. Greensky Bluegrass

SCI wsg Greensky Bluegrass sit-in. Electric Forest 2013. 2013-06-30

Sunday afternoon Cheese at Electric Forest is always a blast. It’s laid back, it’s bluegrass, and both years I’ve been there it’s been the day for great sit-ins. This past year Greensky Bluegrass took the stage with the band for an late afternoon of kickin’ up dust. The lens I was using couldn’t hit the whole stage so instead I grabbed three shots in succession and stitched them together. It worked and I couldn’t be happier with how the shot came out.

I was also down there with a video rig, which unfortunately hadn’t been packed right. So I switched up the setting on my camera as the band took to the stage and shot the first two songs, Atlantic City and Gold Rush, the first of which I was shooting handheld and has some shake to it. Either way it was a special moment. Enjoy!

Post Date Dec 23

Dixon’s Violin – Live Fractography – Inside the MItten

This past weekend I had a unique opportunity to try something I’d never done with my art before. The usual approach that I’ve taken to creating Fractography has been to create imagery, release that imagery as a editorial release and then create artwork from a select few of those images to satisfy my own creative urges.

This show however turned that model of creation on it’s head. The goal here was to take photos live on site, hook in to my computer and fractal database via a projector, and share my screen as I created live artwork. Creating artwork in this fashion was incredibly rewarding and produced some very awesome results, but that did not come without troubles. Technical difficulties left me unable to create live on the screen, but I was still able to create two images while I was in attendance and I’m very happy with how they came out. I edited a third image with lettering once I returned home from my trip.

I learned a lot from this experience and look forward to doing more Live Fractography events in the near future. A special thanks and shout out to Luke Sass the former Creative Director at Watermark Live, follow his new endeavors as the host of Gold Coast Radio, a new music oriented podcast, at lukesass.com. I’d also like to thank Dixon’s Violin for his wonderful performance and allowing the creative space to co-create, you can find more from Dixon at dixonsviolin.com

Dixon's Violin - Fractography -Jay Miller-4

Dixon's Violin - Fractography -Jay Miller-3

Dixon's Violin - Fractography -Jay Miller

Post Date Nov 27

Looking Back – Jordan Daniels of Afternoon Moon

Jordan reminded me the other day of what it is to look back and fondly remember things that have come to pass. Things that we may once have cherished, but through time have grown distant from. The whole concept of remembering our pasts is something that often gets put on the “I’ll do it tomorrow” list, but once in a while we let our intuition carry us.

After having retagged an old photo I’d taken of him, Jordan reached out to tell me how thankful he was for the image I had captured of him. We spoke briefly but the exchange left me feeling grateful for having impacted someone’s life in a way that they recall fondly.

It’s a big world out there and I know I’m guilty of looking forward more often than back. Perhaps there is someone or something you’ve not acknowledged in a while?

Jordan Daniels - Afternoon Moon

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Post Date Nov 26

New Beginnings – Ed Anderson

I first saw Ed when I was 15, in a dirty garage that some locals may recall as the Lacrosse House. I was by far the youngest person in that garage, and I could honestly not tell you a single song played as I was more worried someone was going to grab me up by the back of my neck and throw me out. Years later Ed, still playing with Backyard Tire Fire, was one of the first musicians I ever had the chance to photograph. I’d shoot thousands of photos of him and BTF just to get a few good images, which looking back on aren’t so great, but inspired me to push forward and keep trying.

Time passed, things changed, Backyard Tire Fire went on hiatus, Magic Box grew into a new project with tons of potential and I was off shooting different bands in different cities. It occurred to me last Friday however that I hadn’t shot photos of Ed rocking the stage, like I had done so many times in the past, for quite some time.

With my gallery show quickly approaching, as well as Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how thankful I am for people like Ed who allowed and inspired my creativity to push forward no matter the cost. So this one’s to Ed and all of the other people who have inspired and encouraged me to forge ahead.

Ed Anderson w/ Magic Box

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Post Date Nov 25

Look to the Sky – Roy Ponce of Brainchild

Back in 2011 I had the honor of working with Brainchild on their album cover, and album release design projects. It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had creating artwork. It taught me a lot and gave me an education on how client work operates. Though shows have been fewer and further between these days I still love seeing a Brainchild show. The energy they bring on the stage is always received and amplified by their audiences and it becomes an experience for everyone in attendance. Here’s to looking forward to many more ahead.

Look to the Sky - Roy Ponce of Brainchild

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