The bug is back.
Over the weekend, I reviewed the Alkaline Trio show and I also got the chance to take some pictures during the first three songs. Thanks to the person at the label who set me up with a pass to the show, I also got a photo pass. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to at least try something I had not done in at least five years.
There was a time when I used to photograph a lot of bands. I'd get a disposable camera from Tom Thumb, take a bunch of pics at the show, process them, and then scan them into my computer. I don't know when or why I stopped doing this, but I think I just got tired of doing that whole process along the way. Film was going out of style, and digital seemed like a lake I wasn't so sure to jump into yet.
Back when I moved into the house I live in now, I blew up a picture I took of that life-changing Red Animal War show and framed it. (A portion of it is on the cover of POST.) The pic hangs in the hallway between my bedroom and Matt's bedroom, so I pass by it multiple times every single day. As proud as I was of that, I wasn't so sure as to when (or if) I'd ever photograph a band again.
Not to be melodramatic about it, but there's something very intimidating about having a point-and-click camera while a number of your friends have fancy schmantzy cameras that are worth a few thousand. The kind of pics they get are just stellar, and I just wasn't so sure there was much of an inbetween.
The small digital camera I have is great for taking pictures of my dog playing around the house, but not for shooting a band. So Diana was kind enough to let me borrow her camera for the Trio show and I got a handful of good shots. As I stood upfront singing along to "This Addiction" and "Armageddon," I enjoyed trying to get as much action into one frame.
What you see in my write-up is just an idea of how much fun the show was. And hopefully you'll be seeing more of my camera handiwork in the future.