I’ve always found it a bit difficult to maintain a blog – mainly because everything I like is all over the place and to say that my mind itself is a huge clusterfvck is really a huge understatement. So because of that, I decided to sum up who I am with these five things, technically seven if you count the different lenses. I’ve noticed over the course of the years that no matter how much my interests sway or evolve, these are a constant for me.
So let’s get started!
‘History Made at Night’ photobook , Godlis.
Godlis’ ‘History Made at Night’ is a compilation of images taken in front of the CBGB&OMFUG in New York City. I got this jewel when visiting the now high-end men’s clothing store, John Varvatos – the location where CBGB used to be up until 2013 or so. My love for concert photography stems from my growing up listening to an array of bands, primarily my father’s influence with heavy emphasis on punk and grunge music. The vibe from the music goers and musicians is something I can never get over, and always strive to capture on camera.
Two things about this shirt; simply put, I’m happiest in a t-shirt and jeans. Second, punk bands fueled my interest in concert photography. There’s a bit of debate on where Punk music actually originated, if in the U.K or in the U.S – whatever the case may be, my interest went from CBGB&OMFUG to the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and The Roxy on Sunset. In fact, The Roxy is where everything started for me as a photographer.
My absolute favorite accessory is men’s jewelry. My clothing and jewelry preference actually stems from the next item on my list here, but all in all, I’m in love with the rocker-style accessories and the edgy look of them. The bracelet furthest on the left is from Japanese fashion brand, Diavlo, while the other are a bracelet set from Marc Jacobs. Eventually, I hope to own a few Justin Davis pieces into my collection.
SOUL SISTER, Japanese Gyaru fashion magazine.
Since around 2004, I’ve been in love with Japanese fashion, primarily Gyaru which was a subculture and fashion that came from Shibuya, JP. My style eventually evolved to what is portrayed in SOUL SISTER, which is Ora Ora or street style. While I don’t claim to be Gyaru anymore, I do still follow the same style and listen to music popular within this style such as Japanese Hip Hop (as I said, I’m a bit all over the place).
Canon Rebel T3i | Prime Lens | Wide Angle Lens | Telephoto Lens.
I’m pretty sure I’ve had this camera since my first official gig as a concert photographer. This would have been around 2011 when I photographed Tony Grinder & Means to an End at the Comcast Arena in Everett, WA (my first arena!). Since then, this camera has been through all the gigs with me, last one being Elis Paprika & The Black Pilgrims which I not only had the pleasure of photographing, but also interviewing.
My prime lens is my partner in crime. Even though I’m a bit limited to solo shots, I love how up close and personal it gets with this lens. My second favorite is the telephoto lens, especially for venues with no photographer pits, and lastly my wide angle lens. I’m most comfortable with the prime lens, though every gig is a learning experience for me. Depending on the venue and the vibe at the gig, a different lens is best.