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Capturing Music for Our Eyes

Max Gordon—First Year, Term 1 Work

Website: http://www.maxbgordon.com/

1. What was your motivation for this project/these images?

Being a newly enrolled student at NESOP, I am still testing the waters and learning in what subject matter I’m interested. Before this shoot, I had not shot any concert photography. I think that this is an area in which I’d like to be involved. I enjoy the musicians who perform and working to capture the atmosphere of the event.

2. Describe your technique for making these images. (film or digital, camera used, settings and ISO, tripod or none, alternative process(es), etc.)

To make these images, I used a digital SLR (Nikon D700) with both a 28-200mm lens and a fixed 50mm lens. Since it was indoors with low light and mixed light, and being tripod-less, I needed to use a high ISO (6400) in order to have a fast enough shutter speed to capture the event.

3. What is your intention behind this work/in making this work?

My intention is to recreate the event accurately so that the music and performance will not be lost in the air forever but be translated into and remembered through these images.

4. What response do you hope to get from your viewers?

I hope viewers are excited about and awed by the images. I like to experiment with new perspectives that will draw up memories of the event for the viewer who was at the concert and, for those who weren’t there, make images that will instill a desire to see a concert like this.

5. What other artists or art serve(s) as your inspiration?

I love watching musicians and DJ’s work, so many artists serve as my inspiration. For this particular shoot, the musician playing is Kieran Hebden (known as Four Tet). His music provides me with inspiration for my shoots, both when I’m at his concerts and when I’m not… Watching musicians and DJ’s work inspires me to try new ways to shoot and work photographically.


2 Responses

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