Photo Daily: ARIISK

ARIISK performing in Chicago. Wesley Groves, Maureen Peabody, Ashley Klich and Rolan Vega. ©2008

ARIISK performing in Chicago. Wesley Groves, Maureen Peabody, Ashley Klich and Rolan Vega. ©2008


Making photographs in the dark. ARIISK invited me to photograph one of their Chicago shows a few years ago. I loved their sound. Moody, layered with analog synthesizer tones and walls of reverb. The stage lighting reflected that. Another show where my camera could see more than my eyes could.

ARIISK are, in their own words,

“Audiovisual works and bionic communication by us, this year 4102.”

I love that.

Right away I knew if I was going to get anything even remotely exposed, I was going to have to shoot wide open aperture and slow my shutter speed way down. I finally settled in on 1/13th of a second. Which is extraordinarily slow when shooting handheld. Focusing was my best guess.

But it worked. A visual representation of what I was hearing. Shadowy. Hidden vocals. Vague shapes and tones. Quite lovely actually.

The band were wonderful and made me feel very welcome as I moved around them. And over them in some cases. Everyone just doing their thing in the darkness.

Great fun.

 

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