Gettin Groovy...

 

11.08.09 Last Sunday I went to support some friends of mine at Dave & Busters at 101.9fm's Battle of the Bands. Its always fun to shoot around when I'm surrounded by friends and an awesome soundtrack.

I got there just in time to watch Phoenix Rose finish off their set and destroy some eardrums. Sadly got their a bit late and the crowd was already going nuts so it was a bit hard to sneak through the audience and shoot at that point. But I did manage to pull one off.

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Next up was the always fun and catchy as hell, Busekrus. I found me a nice spot in front of the audience to shoot from. The white material that made up the ceiling was perfect to bounce light off of from the external flash. When I'm a huge fan of the band its always a bit more challenging. The urge to jump around and headbang usually takes over even when I have my camera hanging from my neck. I get a bit more critical about my shots when I have a feeling I'll be seeing them on the bands myspace the next day... even the bad ones. Ooooh, the pressure.

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Check out Busekrus the next time they play. Their shows are always entertaining as hell and I guarantee by the end of the night those songs will be stuck in your head all the way home.

 

Beneath the surface

 

Do you ever stop and wonder what the names of the hundreds of people that pass through our daily lives are? Everyone has a story. If we could just look past stereotypes and what we see on the surface you really see the beauty in people.

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It was a normal day at Magic Island. I went for a quick swim close to sunset. And saw a young girl running around with her camera taking photos of every palm tree within my peripheral view. She looked as if she was witnessing the most beautiful thing she's ever seen. And then I realized she was taking the exact photos I took years ago under the same tree at the same angle.

It was like someone kicked me upside the head and woke me up. I had the urge to grab my camera and just shoot random things like I used to. I started shooting a tree. And noticed in the corner of my viewfinder a man riding his bike towards me that I recognized.

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I had not seen him for over 2 years. Every beach has their own regulars. For a while I was "capoeira guy." This guy on the bike used to be "the dude with the headphones that used to do headstands against a tree." I spoke to him briefly all those years ago. He introduced himself as Chan. When he spoke to me he seemed so confident about his life. He was determined to teach me that "you have to live everyday like its your last."

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Now 2 years later he showed up again where I was shooting. I actually hesitated walking up to him. Maybe he wouldn't remember me? That would be awkward... than I thought, "I don't think that way. I never have. Just go say Hi." So I did. As soon as he saw me approach he gave me one glance, smiled and said "Long time no see, Raul!"

We talked about life and pursuing our dreams. And he told me about his hardships and than he told me "No matter what you do, the mind has to be strong. You have to be confident about who you are or you are nothing!" Then he told me about his life torn from the world. (which I won't go into out of respect) Which I couldn't believe. And all the while he kept calling me "kid." And said "YOU still young, you get long life ahead you." Then he told me his age. 52 years old. And here he was in full splits doing a headstand while blasting Metallica through his headphones upside down, talking with me. So I asked if he would mind if I took a few photos. He told me "Man, it's your art. Do you're thing.

Incredible. If you just look past the surface, everyone has a story. The world is full of them, sometimes you just gotta stop and listen.

 

Beating the blues... with the blues.

 

08.29.09 Like I've said a hundred other times on this site, Friends of Adam brings a dedicated audience wherever they play. It so happens that one of them happened to be the current dean of the College of Education at UH. She put on a fundraiser up at the school and invited her favorite blues bands to play.

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Time Travel

 

08.22.09 Yeah, I know. A lil' late on this one. Here's some photos from the Led Zepplica tribute show put on by my friend Brett of Big Dawg/Black Prizm at Pipeline Cafe.

It was a full house at Pipeline Cafe with good friends on and off stage. Friends of Adam opened the night to a ridiculously hyped audience anxiously awaiting to relive the 70's or just trying to imagine they were born at the time. Either way, they were happy and screaming their heads off.

And Big Dawg was welcomed with open arms and fists in the air as they brought that classic rock thunder to a grateful audience.

And then came the main event. Led Zepplica. They were quite amazing. Deep down I tried not to think of it as a "tribute" show. I imagined it as time travel to a place I'll never see. Its more fun that way.