Music to My Eyes
One of my favorite annual Charleston events is the Groundhog Day Benefit, an incredible evening of music featuring some of the city’s best performers—their ring leader being the fantastically talented Mr. Bill Carson. The show is a fundraiser for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, which happens to be my favorite gallery in town, so it’s a winner of a night all around. The show is in its fourth year now, and I’ve been photographing it since its conception, so this year I thought I’d try a little experiment...
It’s hard for me not to dance at these shows. I’m usually standing behind the stage curtain, trying to take a clear, focused photograph while my knees and hips and shoulders are trying to do a little jig. So, instead of fighting this, I decided to let my camera dance with me. Whenever I felt the music starting to take hold, I’d let the shutter drag and go with it, just to see what kind of photographs good music would make. Here's what it looked like:
And some straight-up shots from the show:
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