I get to drive around and take selfies on the clock. It’s pretty awesome to have a job that has yet to feel like I’m actually doing any ‘work’. I’m busy from the time I get to work until the time I leave, but I’m doing everything I’d wanna be doing on my own time, but everything I’m doing now actually has a purpose.
It feels absolutely incredible to have spent the last 2 years essentially homeless because I was so damn hard headed and positive that I was headed down a life changing path.
Every up and down, every let payment on a bill, every pawned or sold possession all make sense.
Every subway gift card, every Golden Eagle & LoFidelity article of clothing passed me way, every couch offered to me, and every kind word kept me going just knowing that I had so many friends that I’ve NEVER EVEN MET backing me up so hard.
I know that I’ve talked a lot about backing your friends up, but it’s seriously of the utmost importance. Without the help of so many people, I’d be another case of ‘man, he really coulda done something with it if he’d kept up with it!’, but I’m not because so many people stepped up and helped me out.
I very strongly look forward to getting myself firmly planted on my feet so I can pay it forward.
Thank you everyone of you that’s helped me out in any way. Whether you were a blessing or a lesson, you’ve gotten me where I am today and I appreciate every bit of it.
Don’t talk about it, BE about it.
New York Times photojournalist Tyler Hicks spoke to Fresh Air about his Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs of the terrorist siege at a Nairobi mall in September 2013. In today’s interview Hicks tells Terry Gross about taking this photo:
"It’s a very exposed vantage point so I didn’t spend a lot of time there. But I looked down and saw this incredible scene of a young woman with two children hiding on the floor of a café. You could see shell casings all around them from bullets and they were just petrified, they were completely still and … to me, that photograph really sums up what happened there. Outside of the frame, all around them and on the floor of this mall were bodies, a man next to an ATM machine, a woman still holding a shopping bag who had been killed, and they somehow managed to avoid that."
Photo Tyler Hicks/New York Times
This is absolutely insane. What a powerful image, holy crap.
My $5,000 camera that takes the photos wasn’t free and neither was the $10,000+ in lighting gear that I have, so why should those images be free?
Not to mention, myself and other LEGIT music photographers have YEARS of experience with shows in general. We anticipate the action before it happens and most of the time, we capture things that the naked eye misses, making iconic images. Your argument here is terrible and even worse because it’s anonymous.
That all said: My camera alone probably costs as much money as all of the instruments a band uses on stage at any given time, so why should they make money off THEIR music, MY photos, A DESIGNERS artwork, the ticket sales, back end from the door, food buy out/catering at venues, etc etc and then all of behind the scenes guys are bent over biting our thumb and taking a load on the chin.
The entertainment industry needs photographers as bad as they need the actors, musicians, writers, etc.
The sooner we all stop fighting each other and stealing from each other, things will be a lot easier in the creative world.
For now, we have scumbags like RedJumpsuit.
Those guys are full of shit. One of the members tweeted “We feel that all art should be free and to prove it we will give our music away for free” well I then asked them if their merch would be free because that is art. I also asked them will the tickets for your concert will be free. They responded yes then deleted it. They then retracted and said some forms of art should be free. Yeah by some they mean the ones that don’t affect their income.
Please note that they say they will give their music for free. I bet soon after that you will see them do a kick starter to pay off the advance the label gave them. In order to pay the Cd they are supposedly gonna give for free.
It’s simple use someone’s work pay for it. Don’t be a piece of shit.
I suppose at this point, with this whole RedJumpsuit mess, there’s no use in pulling punches anymore with my own reasoning for stopping my little run as a music photographer. I’ve touched on it before in past blogs, but with this new situation, I may as well go into more detail… let’s take a ride.
anatomy of a letlive. show
- step 1: find table in the photo pit
- step 2: throw table on-stage
- step 3: k done
- step 4: stand on table
- step 5: jump up and body slam table
- step 6: sing on table
- step 7: finish cracking table in half using your head
I wonder if the other dudes in this band are ever like “oh god, the hell is this fool doing now?!”
Every time I read some list about ‘things we are doing that are causing our children not to grow up properly’ or ‘the reason selfies are worse than slavery & the holocaust combined, says experts’ it really makes me immediately lose any kind of hope for the future.
So many critically important…
Yet another of my rants.
this kinda thing will never happen, or I will lose my job, with everyone. Everything revolves around trust, plus I dont even have the images to post.
this response is the reason that Adam is in the position he’s in and so many other people aren’t. You NEVER post unflattering photos of anyone or you will never be hired straight up
Thank you @derek_stays_afloat for capturing this beautiful moment 👍
my little rock star child 😍😍😍