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Stranger 41/100 – Tim

Stranger-41–Tim.jpgOur next stranger had such a cool look that I had to approach him and learn what he’s all about.

Meet Tim.

What brings you uptown? “Well, I work across the street at Charlotte Center City Partners. I’m the artist in residence there, so I do all the music programming for all the city funded events. So, right now I’m working on the big Thanksgiving parade that’s going to be on this street.”

What advice would give to your younger self? “Be patient. I’m a musician. My father was a professional musician. I grew up surrounded by some of the most talented and gifted musicians and artists and singers in the world. You know what I mean? I think, because of that, I’ve spent my whole life in a rush to get somewhere. So I’ve seen that life takes it’s own course. You kind of get to sit back and enjoy the ride. Patience is everything.”

What are your goals? “When I was younger, I wanted to work for a record label, but the record industry is non-existent. I started managing some groups a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it and had a really good knack for it. People started calling me and having me put things together. That kind of took me to the event production and event management world, and I’ve really taken strongly to it. So I just want to keep growing in that capacity. And I don’t know what that looks like yet. I don’t know if that means I’m going to start my own event management company one day or if I’ll just freelance… I don’t know yet. But, I’m enjoying this space. I’ve learned to be patient, so I’m not going to rush myself this time around.”

So you must be a people person? “Oh, yeah. Absolutely. I have to be.”

Being a musician might be kind of lonely? “It’s only lonely if you make it a lonely existence. I’ve never been in the spotlight. I play drums. You know what I mean? I’ve never been at the front of the stage in the spotlight. Sometimes for those kind of people it can be lonely I guess because there may be a different pressure”

“I feel like singers and musicians, we’re all part of the same community… the sound technicians and the roadies and the tech guys have the same relationships that you have. It’s just about knowing your place and understanding that we’re all in this together and we all need each other to make these shows work.”

“Everybody has to feel important and I want to make everybody feel comfortable enough to where they feel good about doing their job. So, at the end of the day, we can all leave the event feeling good about what we did. That’s important.“

Technical Notes: Tim was well lit from the street on his right side, and I used a small LED panel from below to add more light to the left side of his face.

Stranger 27/100 – Jill

100 Strangers - JillI had only just arrived uptown when I spotted our next stranger sitting on a bench taking a break from work. What a great start to the day.

Meet Jill.

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Don’t follow the crowd.”

What are your goals? “Hopefully my band will take off. I’m a lead vocalist. I actually met the lead guitarist on Craig’s List Musicians. He had the perfect style of music, and he and I wrote about eleven songs in a month and a half.”

Do you have a name for the band? “Forever May Fall… and we’re looking for our drummer and we’re ready to go.”

Are you connected with the music scene in Charlotte? “There’s actually a really great music scene. I’ve been in and out of it with open mics and stuff. It’s a little hard to find a dedicated drummer because they seem to kind of spread themselves thin. The three of us in my band are very dedicated, so we’re trying to find somebody that has the dedication to match and can also match the music style. Otherwise we’re doing pretty good.”

Can you describe the style of music? “If Breaking Benjamin and Flyleaf had a baby. {laughs}”

How would your friends describe you? “I do what I want. {laughs} Free spirit, leader… I don’t care what anybody thinks. I stick to my guns. That’s me… the most lovable asshole you’ll ever meet. {laughs}”

Technical Notes: We were in a well-lit area next to the curb. Her eyes really popped with this angle, so I had to pick this one for the project.

Joy – Motorco Music Hall – 9/26/2017

Joy was one of the supporting acts for Touché Amoré at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC on 9/26/2017.

See all of my Joy photos from this show here.

Touché Amoré – Motorco Music Hall – 9/26/2017

Touché Amoré put on an amazing show at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC.  They were joined by Single Mothers, Gouge Away and Joy.

See the rest of my Touché Amoré photos from this show.

Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré)

JeremyBolmPortraitI arrived early to the Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC to see Touché Amoré perform. As I walked around the corner of the venue, lead singer Jeremy Bolm just happened to be exiting out the side door. We chatted briefly, and I asked him if I could make a portrait of him later. He agreed and we parted ways.

Walking back to the front of the venue, I struck up a conversation with a fellow photographer. She was a student who was planning to shoot the show with a old Pentax film camera. I found that fascinating.

We were only minutes into our conversation when Jeremy walked up to us and said that now would be a good time to make the portrait. This took me by surprise as I had intended to use the flash and reflector that were in my car. There was no time to get that extra gear, but everything turned out great.

Jeremy and I walked back around the corner where I first met him. The lighting conditions were actually really good. We were out of the direct sunlight, and the light bouncing off the concrete removed any need for a reflector. Being very conscious of respecting his time, I only took 5 or 6 quick shots.

Thank you Jeremy for being so generous of your time.

See my best pictures from the show.