Some recent street photos from “The Rock” – Key West. As someone who has lived there on and off for over 2 decades, I have a little bit of a different eye for the Key West most tourists know. It’s a fantastic little island, but one that requires a little searching to find the soul within….
Here are a few of my photos from my trips to Chinatown in Chicago. With this set, I tried to process and finish them with a mindset of putting together a gallery set of images that could be shown together, with a cohesive look and framing. Perhaps one day I will see my images matted and framed and hung in some gallery or coffee shop somewhere….
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!