As some of you may know, I am a concert photographer and I write music reviews for BRO. I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember and over the past decade I have had a growing passion, leading to something like an obsession with photography. Being a photographer with some ambition has afforded me some great experiences that I would not have had otherwise and it has given me a deeper appreciation for the City of Buffalo.
Though I moved away for five years, the rest of my life has been spent here. In my teenage years I thought this was a boring place, there was never anything to do. I don’t know if that was really the case, but I have a feeling that I just wasn’t looking deep enough. Now, I like to just wander around when I have the time. When I go out to shoot pictures downtown I might come home and read-up on the history of the buildings I was looking at. I have explored the rundown sections of the city, I have cycled along the river, downtown, into south Buffalo, to the grain silos and to the well know architecture. Cycling around the city really gives you a chance to slow down and pay attention to the details that are so easily missed when driving and it make for an easy stop to snap a few shots.
There are a lot of well known and commonly photographed sites in Buffalo, and there are also plenty of lesser explored places, so I try to capture some of everything that the city has to offer. Rather than have planned out ideas I usually just go out and see what happens, maybe I’ll head to a certain area or maybe the sun will hit a building just right and I will stop; next thing you know I am five blocks away wandering, I see idea after idea and they keep leading me along. I look for unique light, long shadows, lines, repetition, things like that generally lead to good shots but of course I usually scrap a lot of them also.
If I had to describe my style of shooting it would be spontaneous and improvisational, relaxed and solitary. Occasionally I wake up at 4am and decide to gear up and go out. Other times the light or clouds look just right, and I drop what I’m doing, grab the camera and head out the door. The process itself is rather zen-like to me, as I am thinking about nothing other than what is framed by the lens. I am forced to slow down and make sure that everything is just right. When I move too fast and don’t keep discipline I end up with a lot of bad photos, but when I do things right I go home with a variety of quality shots.
One thing that I have realized, is that I could spend a lifetime photographing the City and not run out of subjects.
From the old abandon industrial-decay to the great architecture downtown, there are many opportunities for photographers and artists to find inspiration.
Please take a second to look through some of my work at the links provided and follow along on my Facebook or Flickr photo-streams for regular additions to the collection. Prints are always available, so if you know someone who has moved away or just like my work please l keep that in mind.
I hope to see you out there at the next concert or just wandering around the city.