Isaac Slade of The Fray w/Ziggy before their performance at Red Rocks for Take Note Colorado, a nonprofit devoted to providing access to musical instruments and education for every kid statewide.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - Tolkien
I’ve been reading about the history of patronage, funding the arts, what it means when the western world regards art/music as entertainment, as a perk, a side piece, instead of something central to our living and thriving. I studied this in undergrad as well, and have never ceased learning about what roles music and art and creativity take in our world. When I started photographing concerts almost a year ago now, I should’ve expected that my subjects would become creatives in the many places they roam. I should’ve expected that I’d close my shutter on the moments that illustrate connecting, joy, rootedness. These are things our hyper-digital, infotainment looping, ever-fracturing world make difficult to find and embody. Yet, these are the very things that living seeks to be— connected, joyous, rooted. Imagine a world, however microcosmic, motivated by— not for the sake of profit nor to establish power over— food and cheer and song…Now, that’s the world I want to live in. How bout you?