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There is truth in candid moments... little slices of time where your subject remains unaware of you and your camera. My portrait subjects are often inside their own minds; caught up in the truth of moments which when spread out make their day. I call it "Gestalt Photography" - I never look to create the story being told; instead I trust my instincts to guide me to the proper moment where a story can be revealed.
Many performers have expressed to me that they feel most alive during the brief time they get to perform before an audience.
I have shot many portraits of musicians performing live as opposed to a studio setting because I find capturing moments of truth during a performance I seek to translate the energy and passion given during the performance.
Chicago blues legend Ronnie Baker Brooks Jr. performing in Los Angeles.
@dillonk I see what you mean. Great shot @JonPatrickHyde!
His facial expression in this shot are exquisite. It really comes across in your work that you want to capture these musicians' energy and passion for what they do!
Thank you both! It's a fun thing to witness. And when you step onto a stage (to shoot photos of a famous musician) and there's 20,000 people screaming "I love you" and stuff like that... you feel the energy. The first time I ever experienced this it flat blew me away. And I now totally understand why many performers say that they live for the hour or two - a few days a week when they are touring - that they are on stage. It's electric, it's powerful, it's moving... it's inspiring.