Say Anything

Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Author: Chris Payne | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hey all.  Recently I have not been shooting very many concerts.  This is a choice of my own and I wanted to explain why and to expose some things that really piss me off about photographing concerts.  If you want to read that, you can below these photos I shot of Say Anything at the Opera House in Toronto.  Enjoy!

Alright.  For those of you who stuck around to read my rant- I will make it short and sweet

I know I have ranted about them in the past for bringing horribly unnecessary gear to shoot shows that they are not being paid to shoot.  If it is their passion project then I admire them for doing so because shooting concerts doesn’t pay anything unless you are shooting for a magazine, publicist or label that can afford to pay you.  Those gigs are few and far between.  I won’t beat a dead horse by ranting about dudes with enormous lenses who are definitely compensating for something…  Instead I want to write about an experience I had with a fellow photographer I met in the pit while shooting the photos above.  She was very sweet and we had a cool conversation about bands from the early 2000’s and how our 16 year old selves would be losing their minds to be a few feet from Fred from TBS, Max from Say Anything or Kenny from Moneen.  She mentioned near the end of the night that it was great to have talked to me because most other concert photographers do not talk to her.  She blamed it on inflated egos and I know exactly what she means.  If you are a concert photographer who wears ear plugs while not in the pit or between bands; eat shit.  Concert photographers in my opinion should create a community in which grossly underpaid artists get to create and share photos of bands that others would be dying to see.  If we were all more interested in how many likes our last post on instagram got rather than meeting other people with the exact same values…  Well that’s just a little too introverted for me.  We are in a creative industry that focuses on capturing the unique or the beautiful, it boggles my mind that some of us think we are better than others.  If you are a concert photographer (and I know some of you who read this will be), don’t be a prick to your fellow photographers.  Put your cell phones down and strike up a conversation with another photographer.  If they don’t want to talk to you, then tell them that they should take themselves a little less seriously, only a handful of people will see their photos anyway.

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