Earlier, we introduced you to our 12 favorite music photographers in North Texas. We got more than 50 nominations, and our team of expert judges narrowed it down to these 12. Over the next two weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share five of their favorite concert photos and answering a few questions about their process and passion. Next up is Darkhouse Image, whose work can be viewed from their website, Darkhouse Image.
Darkhouse Image, what's the best thing about live music?
Seeing shows, by that I mean the feeling you get walking up and into the venue. Seeing a band or performer really enjoying themselves or showmanship.
What makes a great concert photo?
I believe it's about framing a moment in time, an action by the musician that makes it magical.
What's the strangest thing that has happened to you while photographing live music?
That really depends on access. I've been backstage where it seemed like the circus rolled in with a sideshow.
Not strange but heartfelt is seeing people going nuts when they see their idol or favorite band. I see myself in them and how I felt growing up seeing bands before I started shooting.
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What makes a professional photographer as opposed to an amateur?
This is tough, we all started as amateurs. Knowing what frames a good photo, and that quality is better than quantity.
Pick one of the photos you've submitted and tell us a little about it: Where was it shot, who is featured and (most importantly) how did you capture it? We'd love to hear logistical description or technical breakdowns or whatever else you want to tell us.
I knew there would be confetti canons, and really wanted to capture them going off. I happen to be walking from one side to the other to capture a wide angle of the crowd and saw them going off. Sometimes wondering around can allow you to be in the right place.