I ventured out to a very salty land with musician and composer Paul Dateh. The back story behind the location is that it used to be a paradise in the middle of nowhere showing potential to rival against hot spots like Palm Springs. Then the salinity took over, all the routed water dried up, and a bunch of fish died then stunk up the place. I thought this desolate place would be perfect for Paul.
The other day I got to check out and support my pal’s band, Vice Versa, at the El Rey Theatre for the Evolution Music Tour. This was the first time I heard them play live for a performance and dude they kill it live!
On another note it’s fun for me to photograph them from the pit like back in the ole days. Photographing performances is more like documenting participation. I’m not really creating an idea or concept. Instead I’m watching and anticipating when the right moment is going to come for me to capture.
While browsing around YouTube I rediscovered the above image below of David Choi as his YouTube avatar. Thanks to this talented and wildly committed artist I feel like I now have the reputation of breaking instruments on set. Musicians bring me your musical toys and we will smash and burn them together for a photo!
Continuing with my theme of destroying things during shoots, I recently set David Choi‘s guitar on fire. I figured since the first time we shot together I threw the guitar into water it’s only right that give it a little pyro action. David is one of those subjects that I appreciate having in front of the camera. He’s one of the most down to earth guys, passionate about music, and is down for my eccentric concepts. Bye bye guitar!