I recently visited an event in which my girlfriend had an important role organizing it. One of the artists performing was Poliana Vieira. I got this singer on my radar some time ago and she turned out to be an acquaintance of my girlfriend, which gave me the opportunity to meet her in person. Very talented and a great performer. Surely I got the M9 with me to register all wonderful things happening that evening, including this performance. You should definitely check her out. Watch her perform here.
I recently visited an exposition by Anri Sala in the GEM museum in The Hague. Sala is an Albian artist who has won the Vincent Award (named after Van Gogh and not me obviously….). His work of art contains video art combined with different performances of the Clash’s Should I stay or should I go and a drumkit that drums on its own. It did not particular got my attention, but this scene did. Although its was pitch dark, knowing my camera inside out I quickly grabbed it, set the aperture on the F2,0 and the shutter speed on 1/15 combined with a ISO of 320. By leaning against a wall and having a fairly steady grip, I managed to take this picture. I am quite content with it as it represents the atmosphere of the room perfectly.
Whenever I visit a concert, my thoughts wander away from the scene….wishing I was at the stage instead of the artists I’ve come to listen and watch. These are people who are following their passion and use their talents to the fullest. The saying ‘want what you have and don’t want what you don’t have’ is oh so true, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting things which are apparently not on my path :-). Having said that, I do actually play in a band which is great. Music let’s you connect with other people on a whole other level than with words. For me creating music with like-minded people really fills up a gap which is otherwise been neglected. It can be playing in a band other just with a singer, which I have done many times too. This picture is of the awesome band Oli Brown, taken at the Satriani concert in Tilburg. If you like gutsy blues rock, you definitely have to check them out!
I recently went to a concert of Joe Satriani. I am a music fanatic and a guitar player myself from my early teens on, and this genius is on my musical radar for more than 20 years now. Joe Satriani has the ability to mix unearthly virtuosity with beautiful musical landscapes, as I like to call his compositions. This week I came across the term synesthesia, a condition in which you see colors when listening to music and I have a similar experience with his music.His tunes are very melodic and hummable. I often tell people the story of my daughter, singing his tunes in the back of the car as she was only a toddler. The fan base of Satriani consists not only out of guitarists, but a wide variety people who are just as caught by his music like me. He seems to be a very nice, humble and fun loving guy too. In is fifties now, he does not show any signs of slowing down. As I have listened to his music for so long now, It feels like he has written the soundtrack of my life and continues to do so. This picture is taken while the professional photographers were allowed to take pictures with their ‘rifles’ (as I like to call their big DSLR’s). Luckily only for a couple of songs. I was able to take some good shots of Joe as I had the perfect spot, right in front of him! You can see a few examples in this set of my Flickr photo stream.
This boy had a sign which stated: I am saving for my own saxophone’. I thought: how great is that?’ .I grabbed my just acquired Trip 35, snapped this picture and give him a donation, naturally. I fascinates me time after time how kids develop talents and passions, which drive them to do things like this. A big applause to his parents as well, stimulating him to get on the street and to perform!
Taking pictures at concerts combines two passions of mine and furthermore, it’s very time efficient! Like I stated before , due to other time-consuming activities I don’t shoot as much as I’d like to so I try to take my camera with me whenever this is possible. This month I went to a concert of the incredible Kaki King. I stumbled upon this amazing guitarist a while ago as she performed at a Ted talk. My jaw dropped on the floor as she combines an unbelievable virtuosity with the most beautiful melodies. As she visited the Netherlands this month, I just had to see her. I sat in the front row with my girlfriend, just a few feet from Kaki. Just with other artists I admire, like Satriani, Brian May or Harry Sacksioni it is almost a surreal experience to watch them just in front of you doing what they do so good.
At his concert Kaki left me in complete awe. As a bonus, her guitar tech turned out to be a very capable singer!
Being in the moment. With spirituality on the rise, being ‘present’, ‘aware’ and ‘conscious’ are top priorities among those who seek enlightenment and freedom of suffering. Being attracted by Buddhism and the practice of yoga myself, I’d guess I am among these group of people as well. As a guitar player and a photographer, I try to put these insights into practice via these two hobby’s. Being present means that you can sense what’s going on, inside and outside of you.With the art of photography, this is essential for making a picture which is meaningful. With guitar playing or making music in general, it means that you are able to transcend something to your audience which makes them joyful, sad or just plain happy to be alive. Let’s call it vibrations. I am always in awe when I see an artist who can perform flawlessly, who can enjoy the music and stayed focused on his or her playing at the same time. It definitely is one of my challenges as a guitar player! The picture shows Dutch guitarist Harry Sacksioni, who is an awesome player and pleasant human being too. He liked the pictures I send to him so much that he published a few on his site. A great combination of my two passions in life!
Seasick Steve. Stompin’, sweatin’, guitar wieldin’ like a lethal weapon. Taking the music world by a storm and leaving everybody with the love for earth shattering blues in awe. Former hobo,70 years old and still rambling on , this man illustrates that the path of your life takes unexpected turns. Never take the destination you think you’re heading to, for granted. Live intensely and enjoy life to the fullest.