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They deserved their own post. The is the last of the film from the Capitol Hill Block Party. There was building climbing, crowd surfing, plant throwing, and photographer kicking. It was an insane show. Check out the film from Day 1 and Day 2 with The Handsome Furs, Best Coast, The Head and The Heart, and more.

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So day 2 I talked my way into a VIP pass. Who knew that didn’t mean you could take photos wherever you wanted like backstage? Before I got in trouble I shot a bunch of film. The Handsome Furs, Best Coast, Champagne Champagne, Telekinesis, and Fences all make the cut. More than just the show what really interests me is the documentation of the whole day including the crowd, some security, and two people waiting for a bus. I didn’t realize he was flipping me off until I got the film back. Love that shit.

You can see day 1 here and Les Savy Fav here.

 

 

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When I was in Seattle last summer for the FIND workshop I had a chance to go to the Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle’s three day downtown music festival with mostly up and coming independent bands. The friend who had invited me got sick so I had an extra ticket which went to one Joe Amudsen. Joe works for Jonathan Canlas and is also a sick photographer in his own right. We arrived and the first words out of his mouth were, “Every man for himself. I’m going to the right”. So there I was with my Contax and film, outside on a beautiful day at essential a huge street party with good music. I walked around for a bit taking in the sites and sounds, but made sure to make it back for Ra Ra Riot. I positioned myself at the edge of the crowd near stage right and next to the security guard for the pit area. We chatted a bit and when the Head and the Heart and Ghostland Observatory came on afterwards he let me go in the pit to take photos. If you haven’t heard any of these bands you need to. They rock. Ghostland Observatory pretty much blew my mind. It is actually very difficult to load film while dancing and it is nearly impossible not to dance when Ghostland starts playing.

So here’s my day one. You can see day two here. I would love to document a show like this again. It’s not so much the performances or the musicians that are important to me, but the entire scene. A documentary of the day as you will. You can see Les Savy Fav here and

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I had the most unbelievable opportunity to document the benefit concert for Wirikuta in DF. Wirikutafest was a music festival organized by the Colectivo Ahó and Frente en Defensa de Wirikuta to bring attention to the problems of people Wixarika (Huichol) and the struggle for the defense of their sacred territory and cosmic spiritual center: Wirikuta. My main focus were documenting the Huichols who were there to speak about what is happening in Wirikuta and the group Defensa en Frente de Wirikuta who also helped put on the event, but my style in general is to tell a story so I pretty much covered everything I could. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty rad being on stage with Calle 13, Cafe Tacuva, Colectivo Ahó and others. If you haven’t heard of Lengualerta and Hector Guerra they’re going to be huge soon so better get on it.

Tuve una oportunidad increíble para documentar el concierto a beneficio de Wirikuta en el DF. Wirikutafest era un festival artístico organizado por el Colectivo Ahó y Frente en Defensa de Wirikuta para llamar la atención a los problemas del pueblo Wixarika (Huichol) y la lucha por la defensa de su territorio sagrado y centro espiritual cósmico: Wirikuta. Mi enfoque principal era documentar los Huicholes que estaban allí para hablar de lo que está sucediendo en Wirikuta y el grupo Defensa en Frente de Wirikuta, pero también como siempre quería contar una historia de todo el processo. No voy a mentir, que era super chido estar en el escenario con Calle 13, Café Tacuva, Colectivo Ahó y otros. Si no han oído de Lengualerta y Hector Guerra van a ser enormes pronto!

 

Pueden ver las fotos en blanco y negro que tome en la sierra aqui. You can see the photos that I took in the mountains with the Huichols here.

 

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