Ericson Holt would be my choice for my favorite keyboard player AND vocalist among the many Florida Keys music performers. He’s got old school N’Awlins piano chops combined with a whiskey-soaked voice that is steeped in emotion and vibe. Mick Kilgos is possibly one of the finest rock and blues drummers I have ever had the pleasure to perform with, and he backs up Holt with an experienced hand that most drummers couldn’t handle….from a whisper to a crash.
These are a few pics from a gig at the Little Room Jazz Bar – shot with the Nikon Coolpix A, using an analog film preset in Photoshop to get some of that analog warmth to go along with the music. I try to make my images look like the music sounds to me….synesthesia, I suppose. I hear in colors and I see in sounds sometimes. It was inevitable that photography and music would collide in my life.
During my latest trip, I tried to shoot as many photos as possible. I have done a lot of gigs with Chris Rehm and Dani Hoy, and wanted to capture what it’s like to be there. My photos are infrequently “proper” – they are not expertly exposed and focused, but I am trying to capture a mood. As one street photographer said ( I think it was Bruce Gilden) – “When I see a good street photograph, it can make me SMELL the street”….
For me, I just try to capture the essence of the subjects I am shooting, as well as the environment around them and use a touch of post-processing to make things “pop” a little. All shot with the humble Nikon Coolpix A – I am following through with the Zack Arias challenge to shoot one full year with a single camera and lens.
These photos were taken at Grunts, a small off-Duval watering hole, as well as at the Doubletree Grand, a big corporate hotel way up on the other side of the island from Duval. It was a fun week!
Lance is one of my favorite singer/songwriters on the island, and I used to gig with him pretty regularly when I am on the island. Here’s some shots from a recent gig he did at an art event at SALT in Old Town KW….