Bobby H. of The Sea Wolf Mutiny taken with #PX680 Old Generation Film #Impossibleproject
Things become different when you go from a part of the crowd to the guy who captures the show on film. When you’re just there for the music you take it all in, and leave with a memory of a great set. But when you have a camera you tend to miss some things. You’re trying to capture the earnestness someone plays with and take it with you for others to see later, and you don’t really live in the moments your trying to imprint on a roll of film. You’ve got to be sure not to get so involved in lining up a shot that you miss what you came there for.
On the plus side though, you often get to meet the bands you’re photographing. In this particular case, I should have met Bobby a long time ago. I’d seen The Sea Wolf Mutiny for the first time last year, and felt that familiar energy while watching them perform. This band enamors crowds with a haunting, passionate sound that ebbs and swells in your bones. I was just another member of the crowd fixed in position to be moved by the music the first time, but after taking some Polaroids of this show I got the band to sign a few of them and had a conversation with Bobby in which we discovered we lived on the same side of town, went to the same school, and graduated at the same time years ago and never knew each other. I constantly discover just how small this town is and how many musicians I should already know, and this is by far the best example of it. But without a camera, I might have missed this revelation. So while I miss things while pointing a lens at others, in the end you often end up finding something completely different and worthwhile.