Tonight I photographed a truly amazing show by Macklemore and his producer/dj Ryan Lewis, as well as The Physics. All the songs had the crowd moving. It was an incredible night. If you haven’t heard of these two bands, you owe it to yourself to check them out!
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Bumbershoot in Seattle is always one of my favorite assignments of the year to cover. The energy, enthusiasm of everyone there, and the sheer magnitude of the talent shown on every stage is just incredible. As one wanders the sprawling Seattle Center grounds, music ebbs and flows from the surrounding stages. It’s a neat experience, and allows people to discover new music in a unique way. This year, I received an assignment from The FADER (www.thefader.com) to cover all three days of the music and arts festival. On average, I photographed about seven bands per day, shot 750 or so photos, and was on location at Seattle Center for 10 hours per day. It was a long weekend, to say the least!
I am thrilled to be able to share some of my favorite images from this amazing assignment. Thanks for checking them out!
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Sometimes you see a feature picture, other times, you just hear it. The latter was the case as I heard jungle sounds emanating from a sculpture on Western’s south campus late Monday evening. The group, Ring of Fire, is a freestyle music group, who take turns playing on drums, didgeridoos, tambourines and anything else they can beat or shake. I climbed to the top of it to make the overhead photo with Ethan looking down onto the group. This is the same sculpture as seen in my Sunny Days in Bellingham post a few months ago.
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I photographed the last few hours of Endfair, a free concert hosted on south campus at Western Washington University. I am saddened that I missed out on shooting the other talented acts! The evening was closed out by Saadi, from NY, who quipped that “people in New York don’t dance. Keep on dancing, you four,” and Macklemore, who first said “Bellingham came out to have a party!” and ended his concert with everyone’s favorite words: “Bellingham is my new favorite place in the world.”
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Well, it’s over now. Bumbershoot. It only lasts three days these years (instead of the older four day schedule), and it just flies by. As I sat in the echoey walkways of Memorial Stadium filing my last photos from Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse, it really hit me: Bumbershoot is over
During the day I might be feeling tired from lugging camera gear all over, but each evening I tried to reflect on how terrific an assignment Bumbershoot is, and how privileged I felt to document it all three days. It is a special event each year, and as the last band plays the last show of the festival, I try to remember to put down my cameras and just take it all in. Something for me, and nobody else.
The second day of Bumbershoot 2009 was a lot of fun, despite the ever-looming rain. Even when the sun did come out, rain still fell off and on. Nonetheless, any chance I get to see this much good music in a single day is a treat.
From those I had seen before (Handful of Luvin, U.SE.) to those I had not (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Michael Franti and Spearhead, the second day of Bumbershoot was just a blast.
I was lucky enough this year to be credentialed for one of the coolest events all year in Seattle: Bumbershoot. Between the dozens of music stages, the performing arts spectacles, and the myriad of other activities, Bumbershoot is a visually-stimulating environment. It can really only be explored by wandering. My favorite pictures from yesterday are from when I just kept wandering the massive Seattle Center grounds.
In all, I shot something like 10 bands yesterday in as many hours, and will be doing the same thing for the next two days. It’s like the musical olympics.
Lebowski Fest came to the south Seattle city of Tukwila. Dozens dressed as characters from the movie The Big Lebowski, while quaffing down white russian drinks, and bowling a few frames.
Jeff Dowd, the real life inspiration for the film’s main character “the dude” was also in attendance.
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Local radio station Movin 92.5 FM hosted an impromptu gathering at the corner of 4th and S. Jackson in downtown Seattle, outside of Union Station, with one simple goal: to break the record for most people doing the moonwalk. As radio host Brooke Fox and Monti Carlo delivered instructions on doing Michael Jackson’s famous move, over a hundred people started the move themselves. Police blocked off traffic, and drivers got out of their cars to join in the fun. As Jackson’s hits like Beat It, Billy Jean, and Thriller played, the crowd simultaneously swayed and gyrated — and several impersonators brought out their white gloves and black hats for full effect.
No word yet on whether or not the radio station broke the record, but it was still a lot of fun to shoot — and I am glad to have covered.
Last night I had an assignment for the SeattlePI to photograph an amazing six-hour concert by three different techno bands, Kaskade, Crystal Method, and The Prodigy, at the WaMu Theater in Seattle.
To say it was surreal would be an understatement. Men and women entranced by shimmering glowing neon lights everywhere, the hypnotic bass notes pumping through the buildings all the way to the bathrooms — and everywhere — sweating, moving, masses of people. Like other events I have shot, although I felt out of place, I never felt unwelcome.
It was a great experience and I had a blast photographing the shows. Hopefully I get to cover more shows of this epic magnitude.
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