I’ve never re-blogged something before. Anyway, here are my shots and write-up from the Kodaline show on Ear Nuggets.
April’s been a super busy month for me so far, so I have tons of photos to share. First and foremost, I’m happy to announce that I have joined the team over at Ear Nuggets as a contributor. Check it out, especially if you’re looking for new music to listen to this summer. As a music fan as well as a photographer, I’m excited to watch the project grow.
Now to the photos. Last weekend I was booked fairly solid, but my buddy John told me he was playing an acoustic set at a nearby pub (J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Wayne, PA if anyone’s interested). I had Friday night free after work, and rented a Canon EF 50mm ƒ/1.2L from BorrowLenses for the weekend, so I stopped by to hang and shoot a bit. The 1.2L is a beast in a poorly-lit situation like the front area of a bar with the tables cleared. Literally, there was only ambient light available and I rarely use flash shooting live music. I think it kills the mood. Even at an ISO of 2500, on the APS-C sensor of a Canon 7D I got some pretty awesome shots without having to do some extreme noise reduction. I changed the autofocus to one zone to ensure there weren’t too many shots with the microphone as the focal point. It’s no wonder this lens is so damn expensive!
First off, please excuse the new bare-bones blog theme. I’m currently shopping around for a premium theme to make the most out of my blog in 2015, but I want to make sure I’ve found the perfect one. In the mean time, I needed some sort of change.
Winter was something I definitely did not have to deal with last year when I lived in Los Angeles. This was not the case for 2014-2015. I would even go out on a limb to declare it the worst winter I’ve experienced since 2006-2007 (because I didn’t live here last winter). Winter makes it hard for me to do anything. Apparently I become some sort of hibernating animal, and I only emerge when completely necessary. Needless to say, I stepped away from the camera for two months because I stepped away from my life (I believe this is called Seasonal Affective Disorder). I’m really looking forward to dealing with that next year, since it’s not something I can ever truly do again.
March actually came in “like a lion” in the shape of Winter Storm Thor, which decided to remind the East Coast that although it was the month of March, it was still in fact, Winter. This season was filled with false predictions of large snowfall totals for Philadelphia (sorry, Boston), so I did not expect I would be shoveling my car out from a foot of snow on March 5; but that is what I did. And then I bit the bullet and went outside with my camera:
What in the hell is “Hybrid of the Streets?” Good question.
In short, “Hybrid of the Streets” is a personal project of mine that combines the feel of street photography with the look of an environmental portrait. Everyday humans with an unorthodox sense of style posing on the street, but with higher production value. The name derives from my first model, who reposted one of my photos to Instagram and sent it to Twitter: because of the 140 character limit, the name was cut short. So I took it.
I have always been fascinated by “street” fashion. My fashion sense has always been unique, and it has definitely evolved with time. During high school, I would essentially take whatever Gwen Stefani was wearing and translate it into menswear. As my taste broadened, I began to pull influences from other cultures: Rockabilly, punk, formalwear, even some hip-hop. My fashion sense has also transformed with each location I’ve moved––most recently, the West Coast. My residence in California introduced me to surf wear and taught me that just wearing “shorts and a t-shirt” could be exciting as well.
I worked with Ariyahna years ago and watched her style evolve via Instagram. I knew she was the perfect model to begin this exploration, and I photographed her on a playground last week in Philadelphia. Canon 7D; Sigma 10-20mm; Canon Speedlite diffused with a 60″ umbrella.
Follow Ariyahna on Instagram: @highimariyahna.