I recently acquired a Nikon L35AF — one of the original Nikon point-and-shoot cameras and also the first camera ever had. It was with that same camera that I started shooting my friends’ bands and was inspired to take up photography. It’s fun to have the camera again despite the cost of “cheap” film and lousy processing and scanning. Nevertheless, I took some random snapshots on our recent trip to Joshua Tree including this one of some folks having beers and waiting for a table at Pappy and Harriets.
Flags in New Mexico (2013)
Somewhere off I-10 in New Mexico there is a gas station that loves American flags… and locally grown nuts, fresh jerky and Icees. I highly recommend it.
Also, here’s one of my favorite John Prine songs, which he opened with when I saw him perform at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky, in 2004.
Fugazi in Pittsburgh (2001)
I nearly missed this show because I was unintentionally watching some jam festival on Pitt’s campus instead of being at the proper venue at Carnegie Mellon University. Eventually I figured out that I was at the wrong place, and I got to CMU just as Fugazi was taking the stage under a tent in a parking lot. I tried to use my college newspaper press pass to get on stage to shoot, but was denied. So I went to the other side of the stage and walked right up beside Guy Picciotto from where I photographed the entire set. I shot a number of images I liked at that show, but this is the only one that has survived electronically. One day I’ll find those negatives and rescan them. Dischord seems to like this image and has used it in a few places, so that makes me proud. Fugazi is still the best band I’ve ever seen live.