Being a concert photographer that shoots on film is not the easiest task in the world. The constant motions of the artist jumping and the dramatic changes in lighting explain why every other photographer covering A$AP Rocky’s Injured Generation tour was shooting on digital bodies.
With that being said, there’s something about a perfectly timed film photo that is able to invoke unique emotion. The reason that I shoot film and keep this medium alive is the pure nostalgic and memorable factor it brings. The grain and forgiving color tones make film photographs appear akin to how pictures appear in memories. When going into any concert, that is exactly what I want to capture. I want to portray the stellar performances – that become the best days of some people’s lives – just as they would appear in people's memories.
In terms of how I took this image, I used my Nikon L35AD. The vintage yet reliable body is often dubbed “Pikaichi” by the Japanese, representing its excellence. I shot Portra 800 at 640 ISO to create just a bit of over exposure for the low-light conditions. When Rocky took a break from the “moshing” and jumping and lied down on the center of the stage to sing the slow ballad “L$D”, I took my chance. I was able to capture him reaching out in the air in a trance-like state, akin to the audience during this emotional live rendition. To this day, this remains one of my favorite photographs.