I saw a great show before I went to Beijing that I forgot to post about. I’ve written it up already at Black Plastic Bag, but I wanted to share some photos that I’m very happy with.
This was a metal show at DC9, with very challenging lighting: completely static, with a bright spot in the middle of the stage and everything else extremely dim. My options were thus pretty limited – I could get good shots of one member of each band than played and almost nothing of anyone else. I pumped up the ISO and converted almost all my photos to black & white (since I find the additional noise far less objectionable in black & white than in color), and managed to come away with some stuff I like.
The first band, Salome (pictured above and below), was a band I wasn’t familiar with but that really caught my ear. Crushing, mean doom metal with a vocalist who stands about five feet tall but growls and screams with the best of them (she also does vocals for Agoraphobic Nosebleed):
The next was Behold… the Arctopus, an extremely technical band who emphasize ridiculous musicianship above all else, but who in recent years have managed to pen some decent compositions. These guys were REALLY fun to shoot as they were all over the place, particularly their Warr guitarist, who in addition to having a very distinctive-looking instrument also sports a very distinctive hairstyle. It all makes for interesting photos, although it was a hell of a challenge maintaining a shutter speed fast enough to come anywhere close to freezing the action.
The third band, Intronaut, was much less photogenic than the previous two bands, mostly standing still without much change in facial expression. But their music rocked, so I shot the first couple songs and then put the camera away to just listen. Left after them even though a final band, Mouth of the Architect, was still on the bill – I was just too tired.
Anyway, it was fun times and the last show I shot; can’t wait to get back into it. It’s been about 2 and a half weeks and I’m itching to shoot some more live music. I get my chance tonight when Secret Oyster, an old Danish fusion group, hit Orion Sound Studios. Hopefully I can get over my jet lag and make it up there.