Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow”.
— Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
In the early days of my interest in photography I worried little about the quality or the composition of my imagery, focusing instead on the moment itself, attempting to catch, no matter how well or badly, the ephemeral – the music. I didn’t achieve the fame I wasn’t looking for, but Universal Music UK ended up liking a couple of my concert shots and using them in the booklet for VIBRATE: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, the acclaimed singer / songwriter’s 2014 release.
Mr. Vonnegut’s words are dear to me as they are true.
The memories of my concert experiences – the hassle and the expense of travel, the crowds, the exhaustion, the chaos of the pit – are still among some of the best memories I have.