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FINE ART CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY by Douglas Gritzmacher

Scientists are unsure whether music is has evolutionary use or is simply nothing more than a pleasure to be enjoyed. Their jury may be out, but mine is most certainly in. The verdict? It’s essential. I regard it as the highest art form (is there any other that compels you to move physically?) and it is my greatest indulgence. Nothing connects with me deeper. And the process of making it is a complete mystery to me. I have tried and failed to learn music and instruments.

 

Just as well — more time to listen to the music of those who have mastered it and to attend their shows. Which brings me back to an art form I can do — photography.

 

Most concert settings have incredible light shows. Pair that with the visual spectacle of the performers and the energy and mood provided by their music and you have the makings of fantastic photographic material. Given that, it’s still a challenge to make compelling images. I’m hardly the first person to recognize the photographic potential of concerts and without a press pass vantage points are limited and I don’t want to be another dope with his camera (phone) stuck up in the air for the entire show, blocking the view of those behind me.

 

So, I try to pick my moments, make them quick, and utilize my position or the characteristics of the respective concert venue for an inspiring composition. My favorite images are those that capture some feeling of the music and the energy of the crowd, such as the electrified giddy happiness that is the music of Grouplove, or the Crosby, Stills, and Nash-inspired tones of Jonathan Wilson.

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