By the luck of the gods we found this shining star. Our friend Nikki Misery was kind enough to let us feature him in this issue, and the photo’s we asked him for were amazing, including the front cover of this issue.
I was in love at first sight, the emotion, the feeling of actually being at the concert. Feeling as if you are front row rocking your heart out. It drew me in, I had to know who this photographer was. As well as get their permission to use their work. I was Facebook stalking her photography page, and I became more and more drawn in.
We had to have her and feature her work. It was too wonderful.
Now a fan for life we will continue to follow everything she touches and we can not wait to see where this rising star goes with her work.
Follower her concert and portrait photography on:
Leslie Tucker and our interview with this goddess of the camera:
How did you get your start in photography? I took a class in high school but didn’t really fall in love with photography at that time. It wasn’t until I turned 30 when I had an epiphany that photography is what I needed to do. It was literally one of those mornings where I woke up and realized that I needed to create something and that’s when I decided to pursue photography. So I bought a camera and took a couple of basic photography classes at my local community college just to refresh my memory.
Did you go to school for it if where? I didn’t go to college or have any formal training. Photography for me is a continual learning process. There are so many new methods to learn, new ways of editing, new equipment to play with, so I’m constantly learning something different. What is your greatest source of inspiration? With concert photography, I’m inspired by the music. I love music so much that I want to show people what live shows look like to me and I always try to capture an image in a different way. Lately, my artistic and creative photography is inspired by dirt and grime, horror, weird patterns and textures, beauty and vivid colors. I kind of want people to look at a creative piece and think ‘ew that’s gross but I love that color’.
Has anyone inspired you to do what you do? In the beginning, no, but now I do have a couple favorite photographers. Jeremy Saffer and Brian DeMint. What or who would be your dream to shoot dead or alive? I would love to photograph an Iron Maiden show. They are one of my favorite bands and to get the chance to shoot them would be amazing. Any crazy concert stories? Kinda random but figure you may have some! I can’t remember what band I was shooting but I was right up front and the kid next to me was going insane. He was having a blast, headbanging, singing, screaming, etc. I notice him reach up and touch the singer’s chest. A minute or two later this kid turns to me and says “I just pinched his nipples!” then he reaches in his shirt and pulls out a VIP laminate that he bought from the band, from one of their tour merch and ticket packages, and adds “I can do that!”. I just look at this kid and smile. I’m pretty sure that pinching someone’s nipples isn’t a part of a merch bundle. This was definitely a WTF moment.
By Ariana Deats