A few weeks back, I had the honor of spending some time with the amazing writer, performer, and recording artist, Carl Hancock Rux, at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater.
Now, I’ve shot tons of live shows over the years, but more recently, I’ve really been pursuing lots of backstage/behind-the-scenes shoots. I’d say maybe 5-10% of a musicians life happens on-stage, so if all I shoot is live shows, i’m simply writing one chapter in a huge novel.
That’s not to say that there’s not something to be said for capturing the moment, as there’s lots of music photographers out there who absolutely kill it day in and day out. With that said, the off-stage moments have become a huge interest to me, and I hope to continue to build a niche for myself in this way.
It’s a hell of a lot tougher to get access to shoot this kind of work, but when you can get an artist on board here and there, it can sometimes work out really well.
Here’s a few shot from that effort…
A big thanks goes out to Carl and his band for letting a random guy with cameras hang out in the green room. Hoping to shoot some more formal portraits and street candids of him very soon!
If you read my last post, you saw that I recently spent a few weeks in Dubai, and shot a bit of personal work.
Another band I met while there is the incredibly talented, Bull Funk Zoo. This group of four guys, is a supergroup of sorts, each member having come from well-accomplished bands in their own right, and formed one of the tightest, most polished song catalogs i’ve heard in awhile.
I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours with them, while recording their new album (soon to be released), and got a few cool snaps while doing so…again, all with the Leica M Monochrome.
There’s been a lot of buzz about these guys, and Rolling Stone Middle East ended up using one of the shots in their new issue..