Fartbarf – Mon Keys in LA

  Gentles Readers, I really don’t know if the man-ape in today’s photograph above is Dan, Josh or Brian. And that’s kind of the point. I photographed Fartbarf in their analogue post-neanderthal glory last July. But Dan, Josh and Brian do put on one hell of a show, pre-digital and completely anonymous. Nothing but analogue …

He Shook Sinatra’s Hand – Brian O’Rourke

  He Shook Sinatra’s Hand – Brian O’Rourke~ Life is probably best when you go from, “Oh. We’ve made a horrible mistake,” to, “Whoa. This is amaaaaazing!”, in a matter of a few minutes. I was out celebrating the birthday of a great friend of mine. Her newish boyfriend had spent all day on Yelp, …

Photo Daily: Grant Chambers Fulton Market Cold Storage

  “Well, you know, because Google’s moving in…” You hear that a lot in the West Loop these days. And mostly in a positive way. It’s a booming neighborhood. And if you haven’t been through there in the last 10 years, or even the last 5, you’d hardly recognize it. I made this photograph of …

Photo Daily: Jillian Ann Loves Her Piano

  One of my missions as a photographer is to find ways to integrate people and their passions in any image I’m making with them. The essence of who they are at their core. With my friend Jillian Ann, that often means finding her a piano. Jillian Ann loves her piano. She loves posing on it as …

Photo Daily: Heavyweight Dub Champion at HOB

  I know it’s going to be a fun shoot when I’m wearing two cameras around my neck. One with a wide zoom lens for shots like this one of Heavyweight Dub Champion playing a great set at Chicago’s House of Blues. And the other with a nice longer lens for more intimate shots of …

Photo Daily: ARIISK

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 …

Photo Daily: Jacob Brody Chicago Recording Company

  Young musicians are fascinating to watch. A mix of confidence and uncertainty. But mostly confidence. The good ones already know to simply let their music do their talking for them. Jacob Brody was still in high school when I photographed him at Chicago Recording Company, or CRC as it’s better known. A ridiculous number …

Photo Daily: New Canyons

  Okay, I guess we’ll keep going on this unofficial music theme this week. It might be RiotFest that has me in a music mood. Or it may be that I’ve realized that I have more photos of music and musicians than I thought! Either way. Here’s another. I was photographing the band of a …

Photo Daily: Grant Chambers Liberation Movement

  Like the models I photograph, musicians are innate performers, and by their nature, always fun to photograph. Whenever I collaborate with a musician, I do my best to find the persona they are trying to emote. Sometimes serious. Often thoughtful. Always cool. Grant Chambers of Liberation Movement stayed at my studio a couple of …

Photo Daily: Totter Todd at House of Blues

I made this photograph of Totter Todd at the House of Blues during a performance of Heavyweight Dub Champion in 2009. The band gave me full access to roam about both in front of and backstage, a rarity for me, since I don’t often photograph bands these days. I always enjoyed photographing concerts, going back …