I love to create a portrait with someone that I love, respect, or even have a momentary connection with in time. My brother has been going through some character-testing challenges, and on New Year’s Day, I captured a portrait of him playing his beautiful Martin Jorma Kaukonen Signature, M-30 guitar. He played with intensity and joy. This one came pretty naturally.
Tunnels, train tracks, The Allegheny River all give Sewickley, PA a timeless feeling, like old industrial Pittsburgh. We went for a walk in the fresh snow on Sunday and came upon some graffiti in a tunnel leading to the River.
This is from my first trip driving across the country with my old friends, Mitch and Garry, in a little Toyota Corolla. It was an eye (mind) opener, the summer of my junior year in college, very impressionable times, lots of discovery. I had only been taking pictures for a few years but fell in love with photography immediately. Although mostly into black and white photography, this was the kind of scene and light that I was (am) most attracted to.
I was shooting this show for Peter Tosh, whose band was opening for The Stones on this tour in 1978. The backstage area was large with lots of outdoor space. Peter was riding his unicycle, his band was kicking a soccer ball around. As the Stones were getting ready to hit the stage, Mick and Jerry came out of their trailer clowning around, Mick with a lime smile in his mouth.
It gives me great pleasure to share my passion for photography and music with you. I will be sharing insights and techniques to help you take better photos, but most importantly, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. What makes a photograph successful? For me, a successful photo creates an emotional response, placing the viewing within the frame.