Bonus Round: P.O.S “Chill, dummy” Release @ 7th St Entry

I love a judicious and merciless edit. It often has nothing to do with the quality of the shot. More often, it’s to do with redundancy. When two shots fulfill the same function in a story or a slideshow, don’t include both. Pick the one that works better with the rest.

That being said…

Sometimes I love the stuff that didn’t make the cut.

I shot P.O.S’s Chill, dummy release show at 7th St Entry last night and it was bonkers and bananas and amazing.

Here are some of the B-sides.


Dwynell Roland, seen here hawking merch (I think.)

The tight microphone shot is such a staple of the rap show. Always trying to do something different with it.

More mic shot experiments.

Suddenly, J. Plaza asked for most of the lights to go out. Suddenly, it became about a form moving through patches of light.

In the Entry, choosing color vs. monochrome is usually neither here nor there because the light never changes. It was fun to get to shoot a show with different light for each act.

Playing with compositions with the round objects: the halo, the balloons, the lights.

Somehow the crowd let me elbow my way to the front and center spot, so I got to spend a couple songs with my camera all up in P.O.S’s grill. Good time.

At such an intimate distance, my camera’s autofocus struggles to keep up with the thrashing and the running around. Why not embrace that and drop my shutter speed to 1/30th and see what happens?

I LOVE this one despite it’s aesthetic problems. That’s what it feels like to have P.O.S right. in. front. of. you.

Mic stands are underrated.


Progress, the beast

As so many creatives and artists out there can understand, I felt “stuck.”

What am I doing that’s different than what I was doing, say, this time a year ago?

I’m out of school.

That’s intimate and conjures up a memory. OK.

I still take pictures of concerts. The process is starting to feel routine. Is that comforting, or is that boring?

Hold on, that Dan Wilson show was amazing and I don’t know anything about Semisonic. I like that one of Sims in the smoke a lot. And both of those shows were the same weekend. OK. 

I still don’t make as many portraits as I wish I did. I made that a goal a long time ago, so what am I doing to change it? Headshots don’t count.

Oh wait, that light is pretty good.

What about my storytelling? When will I finally have a strong enough set of singles so that maybe I can start marketing myself as more of a photojournalist?

I nearly forgot about going to Mountain. I actually remember a lot of important things. I remember how I used to think that I couldn’t navigate intimacy with the people in my pictures. That felt good. The story makes me feel good.

I made a video. I didn’t shoot enough footage and that made the edit difficult, but that gonzo-y wide angle walking stuff is interesting. Bring a monopod or some kind of stabilizer next time.

The stills ain’t bad either. I can see some Mountain in them.

How could I forget that it still hasn’t even been a year since Prince died, and what a rewarding experience covering that beat has been?

How could I forget that I started working on Interface? I made cool, different stuff about things I care about. It’s slow going and sporadic, but it’s meaningful to me.

What I can see, and can’t see. The progress I didn’t notice. Proof is in the pictures, I guess.

Now, to remember that down the road, the next time I get “stuck.” That’d be the real progress.



Women’s March Minnesota

I made my first video piece in I-don’t-remember-how-long today.

100,000 people marched on the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Dozens of speakers and musicians took the podium to cheers from a sea of soggy pink hats.

A few stills from the day as well.

I’ve never seen a crowd this big in Minnesota unless you count the State Fair.

Gonna try and make 2017 the year I exercise the video muscle and keep focusing on the things that Mountain taught me.

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