Politicians say that their position has “evolved” when they changed their mind about a topic. Well, my position on my Austin Live Music project has “evolved” as well. My original concept was to photograph the “art of playing”. My newly “evolved” position is that I think there is a lot of photographic value in including the player in the image. So, welcome to my first post-“evolution” Austin Live Music project image which includes the artist. I took this image while scouting out music locations on 6th street last weekend. I’m not a big fan of 6th street because it’s more of a party atmosphere and quite frankly, it’s quite disgusting at times. But, that’s where most of the live music venues are so I decided to go and see what I could find.
The artist in this “Window View” photograph is Sam Pace. He’s one of many very talented Austin musicians that are seeking their big opportunity. According to the last Austin Music Census, over 4,000 musicians and music operators currently live in the Austin area. Only 22% of the musicians are full-time musicians and 70% of musicians make less than $10,000 per year. It is also estimated that music in Austin is a $1 billion industry. If you do the math, somebody is making a lot of money and it’s not the musicians.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II using my Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/3.2, shutter speed at 1/100 and the ISO set at 6400. I processed this image in Lightroom then used Silver Efex Pro to create the black and white image.
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