One of the immediate rewards of our time in London has been a rapid increase in shoots related to music. Los Angeles is great for many reasons - but I spent a lot of time looking for musicians to photograph there, only to come up empty.
Already, in my short duration on the "other" side of the Pond, I've had the chance to shoot a few shows. As the musical community is so interconnected, each shoot has had a knock-on effect (I'm trying to incorporate more British sayings in my life) to introduce me to more artists to shoot.
The most recent - a lively five-piece bluegrass band called The Hot Rock Pilgrims. Earlier this month, I had the fortune to be able to spend a day with them, making portraits of the group, before shooting their performance at one of the great little music venues in London - The Green Note.
Immediately discernible from spending time with the group is their authenticity. They do not "put on airs" to sell themselves as "rockstars." These are five very talented musicians who enjoy both the music they make and each other.
It's funny - this month's Photo District News featured an article detailing how to deal with the trials of photographing celebrities while managing the egos and entourages. I smiled as I read the article. Because I knew how fortunate I've been to photograph these five guys who understood the importance of the work... instead of working on being important. I hope they become big stars - we need more famous artists with the integrity of The Hot Rock Pilgrims.