Taking photos at concerts is a bit double for me. Should I do it or should I put all my focus into enjoying the concert and put the phone away? I love taking photos at concerts, because you often get that smoke and cool light, like the photo above. But at the same time, when you’re at the concert your primary thing should be to listen to the music. I’m sure musician wants you to stay focused at what they do on stage than have your face planted at the phone screen to get a good shoot.
I try my best to not take photos, but the photographer in me makes me pull up that cellphone. Oh, I will without shame tell you that I love to show people on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook what awesome concerts I’ve been too. Not because I want to brag, but to tell that I’ve been part of something really nice (which most concerts I’ve been to have been, luckily). If I’ve been to memorable and fantastic concert, I always tweet / tag the band I’ve seen–always nice to let them know they’ve done a great job. Huge band like U2, Springsteen or Green Day might not see my tweet in the ocean of tweets, but small bands do. I like to be complimented when I’ve done a good job and I’m sure the bands appreciates it as well.
If I ever were to become a photographer for real, like a professional one, I think I would’ve tried to be a concert photographer. That would combine two of my passions: music and photography. I don’t think that will happen, so I have to settle with photographing bands with my cell phone when I’m at concerts.
This year, I’ve planned to go to lots of concerts, hopefully more than last year where I saw Springsteen x 2, A-HA, Brian Fallon, Chris Farren, Dead Swords, Kent, Dum Dum Boys, Sivert Høyem, Lars Winnerbäck, Odd Nordståga and Eva and the Heartmakers. Oh and Veronica Maggio and Jarle Bernhoft.
It’s looking good so far. On wednesday I’m seeing Green Day for the first time (woho). Then in march I’m flying to Alkmaar to visit a friend for a long weekend and we’re going to see Dave Hause, which I discovered last year and just have to see live. Since he’s not playing in Scandinavia, I have to travel. He’s playing lots of shows in the UK and Germany + one in Amsterdam. Lucky me got a friend in Alkmaar (NL) who wants to join me. In april I’m going to see His Bobness AKA Bob Dylan for the second time. I’m so looking forward to that. Bob Dylan rules. Last but not least, in september (or august, I’ve forgotten), I’m seeing Volbeat with some friends. I’ve only heard a few songs by them, but my friends says it’s great so I just said yes to join. It’s golden circle tickets and I’m sure it will be great. Just gotta get familiar with their songs first.
So… here is some photos I’ve taken the last year. I hope you like them.