MARIACHI!

Mariachi guitarist I photographed in Seattle WA

A short story to share with you this week.

A few months ago I was in Seattle attending a workshop when, much to my surprise, an amazing mariachi band just walked into the studio and started to jam (John Keatley may have had something to do with that…)

These guys looked incredible and could they ever play. I had a chance to make this quick portrait of one of them during a break in their set.

TOM TUBIOLO

Tom Tubiolo

Tom Tubiolo is a working musician in Rochester NY, playing live in bars and clubs around the city –  just a guy and a guitar on stage making great music.

Some people are passionate about music, but Tom is Passionate (note the capital P) about it. He proceeded to thoroughly out-geek me as we got nerdy and talked about the music we loved – he became extra enthusiastic when he found out that I was heading to Seattle just a few days after this shoot took place. It turns out that Tom is a huge grunge fan, so my impending trip opened up a whole new facet to our conversation as he told me of the acts from that region who had influenced him over the years while I was photographing him. His love for music is infectious – after I made these promotional portraits of Tom I had to set myself on a steady mission to re-acquaint myself with some musical favorites of mine that I hadn’t listened to in a while.

I often write on this blog about how other artists and creatives are some of my favorite subjects, and Tom is a perfect example of that. He is a working artist who is really, really into what he does, regardless of where or how he is doing it.

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City of God

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Todd Gregoire a member of the Buffalo, NY based darkwave trio City of God. A performer, composer and technologist, Todd is a multitalented artist who, along with his bandmates Melanie (City of God’s lead vocalist) and Qwak, has been a staple of the electronic and darkwave music scenes in the northeast for years. The use of blue and black as a color palette has long been a thematic element of the band’s image, and Todd wanted to continue that motif with this project. I decided to develop a cool detached tone to the image to complement the color choices the band as made as well as the electronic perfection of their music.

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Mark Miller

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Images are a powerful factor in how we form our impressions and opinions on things, especially in regards to people. And this is doubly true in the image conscious worlds of  music, fashion, style, and art, where often times an individual is not just the defining force behind their own brand, but the brand itself. Changing your image can be a tricky thing and often polarize others opinions about you, even if that change is a natural growth that happens organically. Enter Mark, a friend of mine for years, Mark is a musician and well known concert promoter in the northeast, especially in the Western NY area. Already a polarizing figure, his years playing in hard rock bands, and bringing some of the best niche acts in the punk, hardcore, and rockabilly scenes to the area gave him a reputation that was inexorably linked to the rock genre and lifestyle, It seemed that Mark, occasionally known as Mad Dog, was a long haired fixture of the rock scene in Buffalo.

But when Mark contacted me about creating images for his new musical project, a departure from previous acts and ventures that boldly moves away from his rock roots, we decided to start crafting images that, much like his music, moved in different directions than he had been working towards in the past. It was important to create images that were simply about him, and to move away from alot of the artifice and overproduction that is often utilized in music photography today. These shots are meant to reintroduce him to his audience as a more cerebral and lyrically versatile musician that they can connect with, rather than the very physical and wild persona he had performed under for years.

Supreme General

David Adams

A preview from a new series of promotional images I did for hip-hop artist Supreme General (AKA. David Adams). David has become one of my favorite subjects to work with over the past few months because of his enthusiasm for both his music and in collaborating on these photo sessions.  An extremely talented musician as well as a shrewd self-promotor with a talent for marketing himself, we have worked together on everything from his press and album images to a series of candid photographs documenting his recording sessions and personal life. The last time I had worked with David was in creating pictures for the artwork of his soon to be released album, a reasonably large and styled studio production that resulted in some great images. But this time David wanted to work on creating some promotional photographs that were simpler and more stripped down, images that put him center stage, and were less specific to his album.