Jack White at The Mayan

Shot for Grimy Goods. See the full set HERE!

Last night I was lucky enough to be one of 5 photographers to shoot the Jack White show at The Mayan Theater. I was originally scheduled to shoot the Tuesday night show at The Fonda but there was a bit of miscommunication and I was not able to get in. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise when I later found out that the photographers were shooting from FOH and not the photo pit. This would’ve been a problem as I don’t have a lens long enough for that distance. Luckily, when I received word yesterday morning that I was approved to shoot the Mayan show, they gave me the heads up that we would be shooting from FOH and I would need to make sure I had a long lens. I ended up renting a 70-200mm for the night and that lens ended up saving my ass. When we were escorted in to shoot, they ended up putting us on a ramp to the side of the stage which really limited the angles but wasn’t as far back as FOH.

Jack put on an amazing performance (at least for the first 3 songs!) and his band was incredible. This was the first time seeing Jack White and now I know why his tickets sell out in record times and end up costing over $300 on ticket scalping sites. While I may not like ALL of his music, I can definitely respect what he does and he’s destined to be remembered as one of the greats.


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No, I did not forget about yesterday’s 365 photo. I was out late last night and didn’t get around to dumping my card until today.

Speaking of last night, I was out dining and chatting it up with the illustrious Lou O'Bedlam. I’m not really friends with a lot of photographers so it’s always nice to get together with Lou and pick his brain.

Afterwards I was on a mission to snap some pics as I took the metro back. I wanted to get some pics of Union Station but by the time I made it back there, I was ready to just get home. It always sounds like a good idea to shoot at the subway, but it’s hard to find a shot that hasn’t been taken a million times over. This shot combines some of my favorite things to shoot, unnaturally occurring patterns and textures. When you add some form of symmetry to it, forget about it!