Photos off the clock – Chin Up at Generic

Chin Up Generic Shop Show 2011

Chin Up band vocalist Calvin jumps

(1 part finding a post in the drafts folder, 1 part nostalgia for the old hangout downtown, 1 part chicken logo – shake & enjoy)

Generic Shop South Bend Indiana 2011

What to do on the way home from shooting 10 hours of wedding fun on a hot muggy day? Stop by a sweaty hot back room hardcore band debut show at Generic downtown. (I mean at that point I already needed a serious shower and had camera gear handy from a wedding shoot so if ever I was prepared for such a show it was that moment.)

Chin Up Generic Shop Show 2011
Chin Up at Generic Shop in South Bend, Indiana 2011

Generic Shop show Chin Up 2011

Motion blur concert show photography

The guys from Analecta were back at Generic as their posi straight edge hardcore side project Chin Up.

Clothing store back room hardcore music show

Loud live music: making the crooner dinner medleys bearable since… forever.

AVB Acapella Vocal Band t-shirt hxc

The Almost in Concert – Live Performance Photography

If you like our Facebook page these photos and more came across your feeds last November when The Almost were in town. Nothing like a good local basement venue show to get up close and personal to enjoy the music. The girls fans loved being feet away from lead singer Aaron and the band too, and I’m always a fan of free reign to shoot from wherever I prefer. Here’s a couple of favorite shots from Aaron Gillespie, former drummer of Underoath, and The Almost’s stop at Church of the Heartland in South Bend’s own River Park neighborhood.

the almost IN concert 2011

the almost IN concert 2011

Aaron Gillespie the almost IN concert 2011

the almost IN concert 2011

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Dance Performance Photography – Caught at LangLab

Reiterated confession: I’m a live performance & visual media junkie.

The anticipation, nervous energy before the stage comes to life, and one-shot no retakes atmosphere gets my creativity charged up. I absolutely love the countdown to go time. Troubleshooting in a pinch to make it work and look flawless. Fast paced action all around! (These all translate just fine to wedding photography moments too… but that’s another post.)

Caught performance at LangLab December 2010

Earlier this month I joined the production of Caught – a senior thesis turned full out dance production by Hannabeth Fischer. A brief excerpt from the show’s event page goes like this:

Artistically acclaimed “mesmerizing”, “enthralling”, and “beautiful the whole way through,” Caught is up for it’s second run in South Bend, IN. Choreography and film: Hannahbeth Fischer. After a highly successful debut at Saint Mary’s College in November, Caught has grown. Adding two musicians to the original sound artist, Patrick Quigley, the Analecta trio is complete. Analecta is a group of rising local musicians: indie, progressive, classical.

Experience a cross-platform performance with digital film and dance, playing on the borders of Dance Theater. Live sound engulfs the entire audience, the entire building. This performance, while beautiful on camera, cannot be experienced anywhere but live. Fischer’s statements about movement, duality, tension, architecture, desire, and interaction permeate the multiple channels.

Audience members should look forward to an exciting new space at LangLab. The truly unique space, conducive to incubation and artist musings, will shock many that it exists in South Bend.

Fischer shot some of the film for the projection in the space, adding a unique parallelism to this run of the piece. This is LangLab’s first full length dance performance. Neither South Bend nor LL have experienced a full kinesphere performance such as Caught, and should make it out to LangLab on December 10. Fischer and collaborators welcome conversation in the post-show hang time.

Aside from the usual available light performance photography I also worked with a great crew to provide video and multitrack audio recording for the performance portfolio DVD project. This was a first to go a huge step past mics-mixer-camera to allow for precise audio postproduction mixing of the single-take recording. Translation: geeking out.

Caught LangLab Dance Photography

Shots made with Nikon D700 and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens in existing light / video projection.

Technical challenges outside of the recording side included adapting a theatrical stage performance at Saint Mary’s College to the LangLab warehouse art venue (very cool feel!). Full theatrical lighting and dimming control was simplified to fit the intimate space. I do enjoy a good brainstorm and improvisation!

Congrats Hannabeth and the cast of Caught on a wonderful 2nd performance! Glad to have been part of it!


UPDATE! Jan 2011 – Check out the LIVE recording album the band made from the audio tracks from the show.

Jams at Ugly Mugs

I’ve been fortunate to catch some good local music at Ugly Mugs downtown. The favorite and most recent is the Jess Strantz band. (What started as a solo piano / acoustic guitar vocalist act incorporated a shredding bassist and kickin drummer.) Here’s a handful of my favorite shots from the set while hanging with guys from the Underground Cafe crew.

Jess Strantz on acoustic guitar

Musicians Jess Strantz and drummer

Live music coffee house photography at Ugly Mugs

Ugly Mugs Coffee shop musicians drummer Aaron

Live music coffee shop performance bassist at Ugly Mugs

Jess Strantz Band - the Rendition - Von Strantz at Ugly Mugs South Bend Indiana

Well played, Jess, Jess and Aaron!

Update August 2014 – check out Jess’s latest musical ensemble Von Strantz