Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Man Behind the Curtain...

©David Sorcher 2013

Well, maybe not the man behind the curtain. Perhaps way out in front of it would be more accurate. You may not notice this guy at your next concert as he does a great job mixing sound to make any number of different ensembles sound good in all kinds of acoustical conditions. But i am willing to bet that you would notice right away if he was doing a bad job. I often like to find a moment to get a shot of the unsung heroes of the soundboards when i am at a show. These images don't often get published, but i like to shoot them anyway. It would be very easy at a show to forget about everything else except the band on the stage, but as a documentarian i enjoy getting other aspects that make up a show and the techies behind the boards are a big part of the sound you hear from your seats.

Whenever i approach any job i try to adopt this attitude, looking for the shots that aren't quite so obvious at first. What's not right in front of your eyes, what is happening behind the scenes? Often clients really appreciate this approach. If not, nothing is lost in shooting the extra frames and i might find my own uses for the images outside of the assignment. 
A less overlooked secondary subject for concert shooters in the enrapt fan. I like to photograph not only the music, but how people respond to it. Music doesn't exist in a vacuum. It effects everything it touches physically, emotionally and psychologically. 

©David Sorcher 2013

Of course, it is really satisfying when you can put the music and the fan together in a moment of interaction. That really puts the whole picture together for me.

©David Sorcher 2013

1 comment:

  1. Nice mysterious silhouette shot on the first photo.