(Regarding Pop MTL, Part IV)
I remember asking someone at Pop if they had any “hot tips,” particularly regarding up-and-comers. The response was simply that they were “the last person who would know.” As I said in my previous post, I’m decidedly sticking to what/who I know. I combed through the schedule many times, trying not to be the jaded old guy; it’s utterly dizzying with bands that I’ve never heard of before — just so many of them.
So the second day of Pop made me feel a little like Danny Glover just trying to keep up with all of it. Just trying. In the face of this, it has still been a really positive experience in so many ways. At over 40 years old, in the eye of the Pop storm, I still feel relevant, hungry, and inspired to both contribute and consume — to learn. So like Sgt. Roger Murtaugh, I’m still gonna jump off the building or whatever.
On the shutter side of things, this project has been really tough. I’ve resigned myself to rely on the flash hoping for the best. It’s definitely “a look” that sometimes works and other times, not so much. Occasionally when I see that the meter is within the zone, I’ll switch off the flash and go for it. Again, hoping for the best; every once in awhile the stage will light up to at least 1/30 — wide open, making (manual) focus utterly critical. Between really dim lighting and performers constantly on the move, it’s most challenging to accomplish truly great exposure.
Shooting roll after roll and scanning negative after negative is reflective of my Pop experience this year. Every once in a while something will…pop out at you, that is, if you’re lucky.
Above: The only way to describe a band like Pigeon Phat is “refreshing.” Cool looking duo/trios with pads, buttons, backing tracks and dancers be damned: Who woulda thought that six people onstage making a crazy racket is already “old school.” Here, an f stop under, Aaron (another fucking Seligman) raises his first of fury. Looks cool, though, and the show was amazing.
Bonus snap, w/ flash: “Pigeon Phat II”
Yash SLR, Tak 55/1.8, HP5@1600, D76 1+1, 18mins