Allgäu. Window view.
Moving Targets in Nürnberg
Allgäu. Window view.
Moving Targets in Nürnberg
…as every year. Some views on Fluff Fest – the place, some friends, some bands:
The Arson Project
Colour Me Wednesday in Erlangen/May 2018
… seeing the Band Hope perform brought back a lot of memories of the time when they asked me to take pictures of their old band project. Since back then I was able to follow their way. I am trying to describe the feeling that I have thinking that it`s wonderful to witness the creative process of four individuals through some photographs (that probably weren`t even my best work at times). I think I am… also… proud to have done that. Thank you Phillip, Christine, Martin, Fabian.
…is the new album by Scraps Of Tape (Swedish band with a lot of guitars, friends) and its release was celebrated in Malmö*.
*Bells Fell Silent also played
… he said to me.
It was „illegal“ to bring my camera inside. Why? Well every phone can take pictures nowadays and I got told again (this happened before) that I might use my camera to produce something for commercial reasons… what? Me? I don`t earn a single buck with this even so I would want to and probably should. Anyway, my friend xxx decided to trick the staff and got my camera with his backstage pass. So… after all I could take some pictures of Quicksand at xxx in xxx which I enjoyed even more while feeling illegal! By the way… if anyone wants to buy one of those pictures…I gratefully sell them now!
…means these are the top three of pictures I took of live-performances due to my own taste.
Godzilla Was A Friend Of Mine in Nürnberg
Wet The Rope in Erlangen
Saroon in Erlangen
Somewhere in the north, animals can find a new home…
… im „Land der Tiere“.
Old Seed and band, Nürnberg 2017.
Before the elections…
Actually I have been thinking about this for a long time but I always felt that this blog is more about my photography/work and less about my thoughts (on it). Now it`s going to be different though.
In fact, I would want everyone, especially people related to music, to read this. Because it is about them, too. Ever since I started doing photography I was always connected to a certain scene of music and people playing in bands, setting up shows and what not. You could even say that without looking at certain pictures of bands and musicians on records or in magazines or whatever my interest in photography would have never developed into what it is today. You can see on this page and on this blog that taking pictures of bands/musicians is still a big part of my photographical work and I guess it will always be. But lately a feeling of frustration and anger started growing when I thought about this connection. I took pictures of artists for years and some of the pictures appeared in other contexts such as websites or magazines. Moreover, my pictures were used by bands – for promotion or on their records -, sometimes I worked with the musicians and got paid for a picture or two but this happended very rarely. Most of the time my pictures weren`t of interest at all for anyone but me… Even if it sometimes happened that those being photographed were happy about some sort of promotion or were thankful for the pictures, what annoys me is that most of the time noone seems to care about it at all.
I am trying to see this more from the point of being a fan of music and being appreciative of it… but realizing that people are not as supportive, thankful, or interested in music photography as they are in music itself saddens me more and more and it raises questions like: Does the music scene not realize how big of a part even the visualization of this artform is? That photorgraphy works as documenting everything besides audio? Isn`t that worth something? Could everyone involved in music pay a little more attention, please?
I have given up hoping for bands to contact me about being photographed… now I simply wait until the bands show up at my doorstep and then take a picture. See the talented and friendly people of UKs Haters here:
I honestly can`t remember feeling more happy at a concert… Texas Is The Reason in 2013
Still my favourite shot of Scraps Of Tape in 2011(?)
…and some Title Fight in 2012
…here is what happened lately:
A painful reminder… (SNFU live in Nürnberg. 2017)
Now is liberation now. Lyrics by Reds (a musical group)
A row of cops…
… livemusicpictures in 2016. The 2nd half!
Zement in Erlangen
Rome Is Not A Town in Munich
ALBIN (Johansson) in Erlangen
… while visiting Vienna for the first time ever. Featuring Petrol Girls / Triebwerk / Wiener Neustadt 2016:
…on Crush, a Band from Graz/Austria
First… RVIVR. People talked to me about the band before… already comparing them to those bands coming over from the US on a regular basis to tour and probably live from playing music while becoming too routined. But what happened at Fluff Fest on stage was far from that. In fact, it was the best solution to that problem I have and had when going to the Festival the years before: So many people – and not just likeminded! – with so many tattoos and t-shirts with slogans transforming what people call Punk or Hardcore into a fashion-show. Now, for the people reading this and having no idea of what I am writing about… RVIVR are – and were on this evening – just a great and energetic band that still has something to say on stage and continues to do so (queerness, feminism, changing for the better… you name it)! More then music? Stay tuned for more photographs and (maybe) thoughts, too.
…of 2016 brought these great shows that I witnessed with a camera. Kind of my personal Top 3:
Sleep Kit in Erlangen
Dag Nasty in Munich
Personal Best in Erlangen