Photography has its ups and downs. Granted, significantly more ups than downs of course, but there are a few downs that are worth griping about. One of the major ones is that I take a couple hundred photos per show, send in a group at the end of the night, and I’m lucky to get four printed per article. You do the math; that leaves a whole shitload of photos per shoot taking up space on my macbook until they’re retired to the graveyard know as my external hard drive, sitting there getting e-dust all over them for the rest of eternity (or until my hard drive breaks).
Well, after a couple hours of searching through my photos, I’ve come up with my favorite shots from the past year. 2013 was an interesting year of shooting, allowing me to stand in photo pits during sets by such a varied roster of bands and artists. I was a few feet from both Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake; survived mosh pits at Anthrax, Rancid and Megadeath shows; fought for spots against hipsters at Yo La Tengo, Wilco, Vampire Weekend and Snow Patrol; rubbed elbows with Houston hip-hop royalty at Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy and Kendrick Lamar; got my classic rock fix with Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Monkees and Fleetwood Mac; and was fortunate enough to photograph acts I never thought I would like Blondie, Iggy Pop, Cyndi Lauper, Ted Nugent, Juanes, Brad Paisley, Fall Out Boy, The Jonas Brothers, Courtney Love, Black Flag, The Moving Sidewalks, The Cure and so many more in between.
It’s easy to say that I’ve been lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to be able to catch so many great bands, but I’ve worked for it — I’ve worked hard as hell. I hope you enjoy the following gallery, as I’m as proud of each and every single photograph I take. I’ve taken many more than what are represented here, but these are my favorites from the past 12 months.