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I have a unique opportunity to photograph an ongoing series of live radio and TV broadcasts of a local radio show featuring jazz musicians. The format is a standard talk show set with desk and chairs, and a portion of the small stage is available for the musician to perform. These are often big name jazz artists, so it's a pretty amazing opportunity to get this kind of access. The set is lit for television, so it's broad, but essentially flat, and the good shooting angles are (as you might guess) occupied by TV crews. I've shot at this location a dozen or so times, and my shots have begun to take on a consistent (read: repetitive) look.
So I've begun to look for different ways of finding, seeing, and conveying these artists. Getting low and shooting into the wings. Looking for the artist's expression and feeling, not just the most exciting moment (though that's also good). Different processing to bring out a mood, whether energetic or introspective.
Here's a recent sample. This is Eric Darius. He filled in for another artist at the last minute, who came down with the flu and couldn't perform. Eric blew the roof off the place. The crowd went nuts. But this treatment shows another, more inwardly-focused aspect. I'd like to know what you think.