So many years I’ve had the privilege of a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival photography invitation which is basically a marathon photo session with just about the same level of running. Carting gear from stage to stage for 7 days is trust me, worth it, capturing the creative energy specific only to New Orleans is one of my favorite gigs. Last year we created a pop-up gallery of Instrumenthead – a two-week exhibition of my portrait series – in a warehouse at the Frenchman Art Market. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of positive response and were encouraged this year to apply to join as one of the festival’s vendors. As a result you will be able to find us the second weekend in the Congo Square African Marketplace, Tent “M.”
That being so, we are up to our ears in preparation. I’ve chosen photo collection celebrating the African Diaspora we’ll offer both as take-away pieces and the option to order prints in your choice of size with shipping so you won’t have to worry about it getting lost or damaged in the funk.
I’m also proud to be able to share proceeds again this year with the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic and Assistance Foundation which serves as a primary physical and mental health resource for “more than 2,000 local musicians and tradition bearers” regardless of ability to pay. We love being able to help them out with our sales and encourage you to help them directly if you’re feeling so inclined.
Here is a sample of work from this exclusive collection:
Zolani Mahola from the South African band Freshly Ground
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux at Preservation Hall
Big Chief Donald Harrison
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Cody Chestnutt Piano Multiple Exposure
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333 feet below ground stands the Volcano Room at the Cumberland Caverns near McMinnville, Tennessee. This U.S. National Natural Landmark plays a unique role in the area’s cultural musical tradition and I had the pleasure of being tapped as house photographer for Bluegrass Underground, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series filmed there, for the second year in a row.
Widespread Panic Performs in the Volcano Room
I thought I had done everything I could do in music photography until the lessons learned on my first cave adventure. For starters, I had to acclimate my equipment before use as cave temperature is 58 degrees with 98% humidity and a camera needs at least two hours of adjustment before it can capture accurately and without damage. That experience allowed this year be a bit more comfortable and I could run around taking pictures like my normal self.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Taking Stage
The Bluegrass Underground series, scheduled to air on the Fall of 2014, invites legends like Lucinda Williams and David Grisman and relative newcomers such as Shovels and Rope to light up the cave just outside of Nashville. Widespread Panic was there off their Wood Tour to play an acoustic set and Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys came to showcase their collaboration, Pick, among many others.
Dave Eggar with Deoro and Hammerstep
Everyone’s performances make for great surreal cave imagery. The experience truly inspired me and I’m really honored to be brought into a community of such great people who evoke an atmosphere of family.
Ronnie McCoury Entering the Volcano Room
Thanks to Bluegrass Underground and everyone involved who make this remarkable place that much more special. Check out the full photo gallery on the Bluegrass Underground Facebook Page and tune into PBS this Fall to see it all.