Americana in the key of Andrew Leahey
A lot of times, people are surprised when we get to talking about photography -- I tell them that it's music and not athletics I wish I photographed near-daily.
I'm not sure it should come as a surprise, though. When I shoot sports, the in between moments, the emotion, the faces are what I've come to care about shooting, and what I share with you the most. There are certain plays where immortalization is appropriate, but it's the celebration and the dejection, the sweat and the blood, that make the plays matter.
In music, the shooting time allotment is the in between moment. Artists put the blood, the sweat, the tears, the celebration and dejection into their words, their solos and the beat of their drums.
Don't get me wrong. I love to shoot sports, and I love that I'm
talented fortunate enough to get paid to shoot them. But in a sweaty pit or hardly lit bar I'd rather be.
Rewind to 4/15/2016 at Schmitt's Saloon, and that's where I was.
A man named Andrew Leahey made his way into Morgantown, W.Va. with a group of merrymakers he calls the Homestead, and this man brought his Nashville, Tenn., based rock 'n' roll to Schmitt's Saloon to open for Clare Dunn.
As stated, it's always easy for me to find reasons to photograph music. It's doubly nice when your friend of three plus decades plays the drums on a tour stop in Morgantown. This, as it has been when Erica Blinn has opened for The Clarks in Morgantown, was the case at Schmitt's.
And so it was. Schmitt's Saloon to shoot my oldest friend. And somehow, at 32, we are both getting paid to do what we love. Keep doing you, P.J. Schreiner.
Check out a gallery of photos below from that evening. I didn't actually get around to shooting Clare Dunn... which doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you think about it... but, I spent that time catching up and eating some damn good chicken wings. There is plenty of Andrew's group, rocking Schmitt's, however.
I love black and white photography, and when I shoot dimly lit subjects, I love it even more because I get to create a higher contrast black and white image and take advantage of the film-like grain that exists in higher ISO images. So, here is Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, in high contrast black and white with a bit of that fade the hipster photogs like to use.