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 …

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: 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: 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 …

Photo Daily: Cirque du Soleil Allegría

  A lot of people think I learned to speak French because I’ve spent a lot of time in Paris. It’s true that it came in handy later during my visits, but my desire to speak that beautiful language was triggered by something slightly more North American. I’ve only missed a couple of the touring …

Photo Daily: Die Antwoord Concert Audience

  I had the pleasure of attending the June 3rd Chicago Die Antwoord concert with my good model friend Carlotta Champagne. It was her birthday, and she happened to be staying at my studio for a week. We made some great art (short film coming soon), and then headed out to the beautiful old Riviera Theatre …

The Embarrassment of Photography Riches Week

It seems like everything is arriving late in Chicago this year. We’re all still wondering if we’re done with rainy 50 degree days yet and it’s mid June. And I finally got a few days of freedom for the first time in I can’t remember how long. My Memorial Day Holiday had to wait until …

Panic! at the Disco

Well, this was a nice thing today. I love it when your get up and have no idea that something really cool is going to happen to you that day. Without going into the details, I got to watch Panic! at the Disco from the side of their stage tonight. I have to say it …