Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book is coming, soon...

Update: DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM is nearly finished and will be heading off to its printer in the near future.

In addition, a new crowdfunding campaign will be launched to help cover the printing of the book. Updates will appear on this site at that time.

In the meantime, go to www.dancefloorthunderstorm.com to see the updated fundraising video!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

L.A. Weekly & the History Of Rave Fashion

Hey folks,

Just letting you all know that the L.A. Weekly is running a great article on the evolution of rave fashion in their current issue.  Here are links to the article and accompanying slide show!

http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/01/30/the-evolution-of-rave-fashion

http://www.laweekly.com/slideshow/a-look-back-at-rave-fashion-4393520/#1

Enjoy your trip back to '97!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: "DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave" - Media Reaction



5150 Publishing
P.O. Box 86802, Los Angeles CA 90086
(213) 321-5401


***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

New rave photography book “DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave” receives press kudos for Kickstarter campaign

Rave photojournalist Michael Tullberg also receives big-name DJ endorsements

DECEMBER 16, 2013:   Longtime and acclaimed electronic music photojournalist Michael Tullberg has gathered much public attention with the new Kickstarter campaign for DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave, his new book about the glory days of the American rave scene.  Commencing on December 3, the campaign has received numerous mentions by the major electronic music press, as well as receiving endorsements and public support from several top international DJs.  Here’s what some of the top press mentions have had to say:
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          URB.COM:  “Photographer Michael Tullberg shot hundreds of images for URB and other magazines at the height of LA’s 90s rave scene. From raves on the Venice boardwalk and downtown’s Alexandria Hotel, to the National Orange Show in San Bernardino and the desert raves all the way to Indio, no collection of photos from this magical time and place have ever been assembled before.” (12/04/13)

·         BPM.NET: “The book contains hundreds of Tullberg’s dazzling photographs from the early days of classic events like Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Wonderland and Dune. This is straight rave history, and it cannot be preserved in the proper medium with the respect it deserves without your contribution – get over to Kickstarter and be part of this incredibly worthy project.” (12/2013)

·         MAGNETICMAG.COM: “Long time BPM Magazine and Magnetic Mag friend Michael Tullberg has just launched a great Kickstarter campaign to fund his new book Dancefloor Thunderstorm: Land of the Free, Home of the Rave, a history of the Southern California Rave scene. If you grew up in this era or want to know more about the scene that started what we now call EDM, this is going to be a fantastic book.” (12/05/2013)

·         VIBE.COM:  “Every subculture includes a handful of tech-friendly souls who function as their movement’s de facto historians. Reviewing and shooting festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Nocturnal Wonderland for outlets like Urb and Mixer, Tullberg amassed a collection of thoughts and images that chronicle Southern California’s rave scene from 1996-2002, one of its more pivotal eras.”  (12/15/2013)

·         ROBOTICPEACOCK.COM:  “On December 3rd, 2013, Michael officially launched a Kickstarter campaign for his book, DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land of the Free, Home of the Rave. This is a piece of history that will exist in the archives forever, so please help us complete this labor of love. Michael is an artist in a class of his own whose work deserves this permanence. We are proud to support a mission which will educate future generations about the origins of American raves and hope you will be too.”  (12/05/2013)

DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave has also been receiving accolades from some of the best-known DJs in the electronic music world, including world-renowned trance DJ/producer Christopher Lawrence: 
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         “When I started playing, Michael Tullberg was there on the stage.  Michael Tullberg was on the floor. From outdoor desert raves like Dune, to the most intimate club, to after-hours, to full on massives like Electric Daisy Carnival, Michael Tullberg was there.  He was capturing the essence of the rave scene.”

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DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave is a photography-heavy book that gives the reader unsurpassed access into the American rave nation at its heart—Southern California.  It features some of the most famous and influential electronic music artists at their peak, like Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Fat Boy Slim, The Crystal Method, Carl Cox and many more.  The book will be self-published in the Spring of 2014 under Tullberg’s own publishing house, 5150 Publishing.  To that end, Tullberg is looking to raise $95,000.00 to cover printing expenses through a Kickstarter campaign.  Fans can pre-order the book by donating to the campaign, and other rewards are available for additional donations as well, including appearing in the book itself in a special Kickstarter donations chapter.  The link to the Kickstarter campaign, which expires on January 2, 2014, is:


More information about DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave can be found at the following links:


For all media inquiries, please contact:
Michael Tullberg
5150 Publishing
PO Box 86802
Los Angeles, CA 90086
(213) 321-5401

Friday, December 6, 2013

DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM Update: The Press Speaks!

Hey all,

Well, it's been three days now, and the Kickstarter campaign for DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM has reached 10% of its' goals, which is quite a good thing.  Another such good thing is the attention that the book is getting in the electronic music press.  Take a look at these first three examples:



“Photographer Michael Tullberg shot hundreds of images for URB and other magazines at the height of LA’s 90s rave scene. Many of those images, plus hundreds of never-before-seen shots make up this 300 page tribute to LA’s rave underground. From raves on the Venice boardwalk and downtown’s Alexandria Hotel, to the National Orange Show in San Bernardino and the desert raves all the way to Indio, no collection of photos from this magical time and place have ever been assembled before.”



Legendary EDM Photographer Launches Kickstarter For Dancefloor Thunderstorm Photo Book

("Legendary"...I like that!  Heh heh)

“The book contains hundreds of Tullberg’s dazzling photographs from the early days of classic events like Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Wonderland and Dune. This is straight rave history, and it cannot be preserved in the proper medium with the respect it deserves without your contribution – get over to Kickstarter and be part of this incredibly worthy project.”



“Long time BPM Magazine and Magnetic Mag friend Michael Tullberg has just launched a great Kickstarter campaign to fund his new book “Dancefloor Thunderstorm: Land of the Free, Home of the Rave”, a history of the Southern California Rave scene. If you grew up in this era or want to know more about the scene that started what we now call EDM, this is going to be a fantastic book.”


OK, I'm officially getting encouraged now.  Hopefully my new publicist will be able to drum up a lot more such articles!


M

Thursday, December 5, 2013

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED FOR MY BOOK!!!

Hey everyone,

What's up?  Yes, it's been a long, long time since I last posted here, but there are actually many good reasons for that.  I'll sum things up very briefly: I've been finishing up the writing of my upcoming book DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave, forming my own publishing house (5150 Publishing) to put the book out, and I've just launched a Kickstarter campaign two days ago to fund the printing of 10,000 copies of the book!  As you might imagine, that takes up an ENORMOUS amount of time and energy, which can lead to the neglect of certain other things...like this blog.


However, now that I have about a minute of free time (almost literally), I can tell you more about the book.  DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM is my book of the American rave scene as it exploded nationwide in the 1990s.  The book is photo-heavy, over 300 pages and measuring a slightly oversized 9"x12".  It features some of the biggest electronic music artists on the planet, including Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Frankie Bones, Fat Boy Slim, Sandra Collins, Paul Van Dyk and many more.  It also contains a bunch of my vintage magazine articles and live reviews, DJ interviews, rave fliers and memorabilia...it's basically a Hot Tub Time Machine back to some amazing nights.

After being turned down by more than twenty major book publishing houses, I basically realized that I was going to have to do this myself.  So, I formed my own independent book publishing house, 5150 Publishing.  This is the vehicle I plan to use to put out not only DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM, but future book and electronic music and pop culture as well.  The Kickstarter to fund the project ($95,000.00) was launched on December 3, and will run until January 2nd.  In the meantime, I'm appealing directly to the American electronic music community to fund this campaign, and to buy the book when it's published.  The book will be sold on its own web site. www.dancefloorthunderstorm.com.

In the meantime, people who want to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign (and I hope there's a lot of you out there!), please go to the following link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1524062987/dancefloor-thunderstorm-groundbreaking-american-ra

I will personally grateful to all who choose to contribute to this project.  I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the biggest and most important project I've worked on in my life.  It's been an enormous endeavor, but a worthy one, as I've wanted to put our a book like DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM for a long time now, because the story of the electronic music underground's rise to prominence is one that fully deserves to be told.

Anyway, I have about 1000 things to get back to--such is the life of a one-man book publishing house--but hopefully it won't be another case of months passing before my next post!  Until then, please come and support the book!!!

Michael

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The book is coming...

Hey everyone,

This isn't going to be a long post, it's just a short update on what's been going on.  My rave book is being laid out as we speak, and should be completed by the end of the year.  The Kickstarter campaign to fund the first printing is (as of today) due to commence on November 30.  My book publishing company has been formed; it's called 5150 Publishing.  And, I have about 100 things to do at once now...one of the things that happens when you form a company like this on your own!

More updates to come.  I know it's been many months since I last posted, but more is coming, I promise.  Stay tuned...

M

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Actors Who Think They're Musicians

Hey all,

Yes, it's been a while since the last post, but a bunch has been happening in that time period.  I've finally landed an editor for my book, so the layouts can begin shortly.  I snagged a great interview with Leica four days ago...waiting to hear back from them.  On another subject, yesterday I was out in Exposition Park shooting one of the (unintentionally) funniest live shows I've seen in ages.  It was of Corey Feldman and his band, opening up for an outdoor screening of "Stand By Me", which he of course starred in as a child.  The reason why this show was so funny is that Corey attempted to channel as many other performers into his act as he could, as you can see here:

Corey Presley


Corey Jackson

Corey Mercury?

Corey Cooper (or Alice Feldman)

Corey Springfield

Hmmm...Geddy Feldman?

 No clue...um...maybe Feldmau5?


And finally...Corey Reznor!!

Perhaps the (again, unintentionally) funniest moment came when Corey announced to the 1,500 or so families in attendance that he was playing new songs from his upcoming fifth album.  Can anyone honestly remember ever seeing or hearing anything from albums #1 through #4???  Well, you'll get your chance to see this stuff soon, since Corey also had his own reality show crew there to film the entire thing.  Coming soon to a small-but-hungry cable channel near you, no doubt...

So...celebrity self-delusion at its grandest?  Is this in Bruce Willis/Bruno territory, or closer to Steel Panther?  Or, dare I say it, does it even reach the rarefied-yet-fragrant air of "Spinal Tap"?





Sunday, April 14, 2013

You Never Know What You'll Find...

...when you go Googling yourself to find out where your pictures are ending up. Thus, I was very surprised this evening when I discovered something that actually happened a few years ago. This was when the great Dr. Brian May of Queen very generously put one of my Chickenfoot pictures up on his site.  As you might imagine, I was elated at the time...little did I know that a Queen fan blog in Mexico reported this fact and re-posted it on their blog!

http://queenmexico.blogspot.com/2009/06/brian-may-fotografia-de-chickenfoot.html

Like I said, you never know...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Goo Goo Dolls @ the Troubadour

John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, live at the Troubadour last night.  The group has a new album coming out in about a month, so this was a showcase event that they were taping.  I imagine that they'll have some sort of promo video to coincide with the album's release and tour(?).  I stuck in there for eight songs, pressed firmly up against the stage by a few hundred very horny females...horny for Johnny, that is.  The girls never go for the photographers, do they...only the artists...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

KING at Sayers Club





This is KING, a very interesting girl trio that has caught the attention of ?uestlove and Prince, among others.  I shot them last night at the Sayers Club in Hollywood, which is a kind of supperclub-type venue where the old Nacional used to be.  Yeah, that Nacional, the one that hosted the Monday Social.  The place is much more upscale now, and they knocked a wall down to make the space bigger.  Yet another example of how very little in Hollywood remains the same over time...

Anyway, KING.  These girls put out a video on YouTube in 2011 for one of their songs, which ended up going viral in the music community.  To make a very long story short, Prince ended up really liking them, and had them open up for him during one of his 21 residency nights at the Forum.  Now he's got one of his people managing them.  They have a very sultry blend of soul and jazz, very catchy but not pop in the least.  These three could be going somewhere...time will tell, I guess.

Currently waiting to see if I'm cleared to shoot the Goo Goo Dolls tonight at the Troubadour.  Also let Getty know that I'm very hard up to shoot the Stones when they come through in May..  Needless to say, if I get Mick & Keith I'm gonna be a very happy guy.  Stay tuned.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Updates for Spring 2013

Hello folks,

Yes, it's been another very VERY long break between posts here on this blog, and a lot has happened during that time period.  Here's a very bare-bones update on what's taken place since last August:

For the second time, I've been laid off by Freestyle Photographic Supplies, which means I no longer have to get up at 6:00 AM for the privilege of driving down to Santa Fe Springs every weekday.  Yeah, I'm really, really heartbroken over this...I mean, with more time to pursue my photo career, upgrade my software skills and finish my rave photo book, just what's a guy supposed to do???

Here's one thing: go to Winter Music Conference in Miami to plug the hell out of said photo book. I managed to do this almost two weeks ago, and let me tell you, I don't think I've worked any harder during WMC than I did this year.  I was literally pounding the South Beach pavement almost non-stop for four days, but I think it was very much worth it.  I made a lot of new connections this year (always one of the points of a giant network-fest like WMC), and just may have drummed up some support of some kind for the book.  We shall see how this all turns out later this year...

...when the book is supposed to be published, and by myself.  Yes, after spending over a year trying to land a publisher for the book, I've finally realized that that scenario just isn't going to play out.  These publishers are for the most part clueless about electronic music & how to market it...in fact, I literally read "We don't know how to market this" in one of my many rejection letters. *SIGH*. Well, to hell with it.  I have decided to fund this book later in the year via Kickstarter, and will be published at about the end of the year.  AND...we finally have a title.  Yes, after literally hundreds of ideas, suggestions and more than a few outright idiotic notions, I have settled on a sort of hybrid title...it's a mash-up of two earlier title ideas.  The book is going to be called:

DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave

Not bad, huh?  And just in case you're curious, I've built a new section to my web site featuring the book and providing some details about it...just to whet the public's appetite. :)  Here's the link to that:

http://www.michaeltullberg.com/ravebook/


Still plugging away for Getty Images, as always. Aside from that, the other thing I've been doing as of late is downsizing...more free time on your hands makes one realize just how much crap one can accumulate.  Thank God for Ebay so that at least I can get some resale value out of some of this old stuff I never use.  Oh, and speaking of old stuff, there's a chance that I might be appearing on "Antiques Road Show" when it comes to Anaheim--it's a slim chance to be sure, but it's there nonetheless!  Keeping my fingers crossed for this one...

More to come, I promise.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Betsey Johnson

I don't shoot a lot of fashion-related stuff...at least not when compared with all the other music and celebrity oriented material that I normally do.  Thus, I don't get to shoot many fashion icons.  What's a fashion icon?  Someone who puts their own stamp on the industry without necessarily being a supermodel.  Of course, most of the people who do this are fashion designers, and one of the more prolific ones, as far as young womens' fashion is concerned, is Betsey Johnson.  Hey whimsical and often silly clothes have been adorning the racks for a number of decades now.  So, when given the opportunity to photograph Betsey as part of a 10-year anniversary celebration for that L.A. landmark The Grove, my curiosity was piqued. I mean, just how was this going to play out?  Betsey is a woman who is most definitely used to getting her way, and as a fashion icon at the age of 70, she has the power to be intimidating if she so chooses.  So when I arrived at Nordstroms at The Grove yesterday, I was on my best behavior.

As it turned out, this was an excellent strategy to follow, because it ended up putting me in an unexpected position--to do a private photo session with Betsey in her dressing room before she was to go out to do a meet-and-greet on the main floor with her legions of young female fans (who paid $50 a pop to sit down with her a get a photo taken).  I actually wasn't supposed to be up there, as I found out that I didn't have an "official" press invite, just a general media one.  However, thanks to an errant Nordstroms employee who delivered me to the dressing room instead of the downstairs press area, I got the scoop that none of my colleagues downstairs was gonna get.  Betsey was running late, trying to sandwich in some last minute interviews before her exit, and I was told I was going to have about one minute with her to make this work.  That's right. One minute.  Needless to say, I double-checked everything on my gear to make sure it was all functioning normally.



The door opened, and there was Betsey.  Energetic, bubbly and darned near effervescent, she bounded right over to say hello in a gold lame dress that was a 13-year old girl's idea of heaven, and which could only have come from her.  Her publicist suggested that we use a blank wall covered with white linen, but Betsey had other ideas, and immediately bounded over to a leather love seat and perched herself on top of it.  "Whew," I thought to myself, "This is gonna go a bit easier than I thought, now that Betsey's taking charge", and thankfully I was correct about that.  Of course, she's had years and years to figure out what kind of shots make her clothes work, so I imagine this was all quite second-nature to her.  In any event, we joked in between shots, particularly about her shoes, which I commented would be great instruments of self-defense thanks to their numerous spikes.  I was a bit worried about direct flash exposure, as I naturally had no time to get cute with off-camera strobes.  Luckily, the entire room was draped with that white linen, so there was a certain degree of bounce created by that linen which softened everything a little bit.  But before long it was all over, and I made my way downstairs to the press area to cover Betsey's entrance.  That part of the shoot was almost anti-climactic for me, even though the room was buzzing thanks to her fans who were going nuts.  As I said, I'd already gotten what I needed.  Just another day at the office...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Jacksons and the End of Normality


This is so funny...funny in an odd way.  This picture, taken last Sunday night at the Greek Theatre, is of The Jacksons performing live.  Now bear this in mind--while this show was going on, the Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson was unofficially M.I.A. at the time (in Arizona, as we all now know), while Michael's kids were Tweeting their little behinds off in protest.  Meanwhile, the group, as seen here, is trying to project some sort of air of normality for their fans...even though Jermaine Jackson (far right) was/is in a totally different camp from the very brothers who he's sharing the stage with.


As always, the show must go on, and within hours, the big bruhaha at the Jackson compound would commence.  I suppose it's just yet another example of show business being what Styx once called "The Grand Illusion".  Here's another little tidbit for you guys...this photo setup was one of the worst I've ever been part of at a live show.  As you can see in the following photo, there was no photo pit or barricade separating the photographers from the audience at all.  The chairs were put up literally right to the front of the stage, to the point where me and my colleagues asses were practically right in the front row's faces.  There was also almost no room to move, we were so packed in there.  I felt so bad for those people, having to put up with more than ten photographers for the first three songs, that I apologized to them, even though we had nothing to do with the setup at all.  What was the Greek thinking??


I have two live shoots this weekend--here's hoping that I don't get another setup like this one!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Roger Waters: THE WALL - post-show


Wow.  It's less than a day after "The Wall" hit the L.A. Coliseum, and I still feel a bit residually on edge...I spent so much time and energy preparing for this gig that it's a little hard to let go of all of it.  More than that, though, is the feeling of great satisfaction I got last night, because I shot the hell out of that show and am very pleased with the results, especially considering the restrictions we had.  "The Wall" is truly an epic show, and I wish that I could have shot more of it, but I'm happy with what came out of it.  Here's the rundown:

I showed up at 6:00 PM so that I could beat the traffic-from-Hell that I knew would be swarming the Coliseum...which I fortunately did.  After settling in and getting all my gear together, I went over to the Media Check-In tent, looking like this:


I actually was the second one there--I was beaten out by my friend Paul Hebert.  As you can see, I brought three camera bodies and four lenses...the most I've ever had hanging off of me for one gig.  Yes, I came prepared.  After waiting for than two hours--the publicist's claims that the show would start at 8:00 sharp being bogus--we were led out through the tunnels and all the way down the Coliseum steps to the photo pit in front of The Wall.


The show started with a bang at about 8:30 with "In The Flesh?", where Roger came out and flashed his dictatorial side in black leather and his trademark mirror shades.  Very Nuremburg-esque, which of course was the point of that particular song.  Once the song ended, following the crashing of the Stuka into the back of the Wall set, we photographers were ushered over to the side of the stage for "The Thin Ice", "Another Brick...Part 1" and "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives".  I was frantically trying to change lenses on my D700 & put on my 200-400mm howitzer, and almost freaking out about how I was going to miss a shot.  Well, it turns out that I needn't have worried...because Roger's microphone quit on him at the beginning of "The Thin Ice".  He was so pissed that he stopped the entire show and made the crew fix the problem, so I had a couple of extra minutes to fix everything, which I did.  It was so funny...it was totally reminiscent of what happened at Roger's 1989 Potzdammerplatz show in Berlin in 1989 after the Berlin Wall fell.  He said in no uncertain terms, "I want you guys to fix this, and we're gonna start again, because I wanna sing 'The Thin Ice!'", to a huge roar of approval from the massive audience. 

Something struck me at that point--the audience.  The people were naturally far removed from the stage, and I remembered that one of the conditions that gave birth to "The Wall" in the first place was the sense of isolation from the audience that Pink Floyd was experiencing during their stadium shows in the 1970s.  And here we were again, doing another stadium show, separated from the audience.  I was wondering if Roger appreciated and understood that fact, and how he apparently was able to reconcile that within himself.  Or, was it a case of "To hell with it, a stadium's the only venue that will hold this show"?

Anyway, the song was re-started, and off we were again.  The big problem for us photographers was the main stage--it was perched very high up and unless Roger came right to the front of it, you weren't gonna be able to shoot him properly without being cut off by the stage.  Fortunately, my 200-400 meant that I could back up a little bit and get a decent angle on Roger.  Some of my colleagues had brought stools or ladders, and to my surprise, they set up a system where they rotated us on and off of their ladders.  I was personally very grateful for this, as it allowed me to get some very good shots of Roger that I knew no-one else was gonna be able to get, since no-one else brought a lens of that size along.

Before too long the fourth song had ended, and we were shepherded back into the front for "Another Brick...Part 2", which of course featured the famous Schoolmaster marionette:


This was pretty much the highlight of the show for us shutterbugs, so all of us naturally concentrated hard on this song.  The chorus was sung by a large group of local L.A. schoolchildren, who staged a "confrontation" with the Schoolmaster.  It was all great for me, visually...unfortunately I can't show all of those great images here.  You can, however, find them in my Getty gallery here:


Roger had one more surprise for us...instead of going straight into "Mother", he threw in a new version of "Another Brick...", which could almost be called Part 2.5.  It featured new lyrics that illustrated the disillusionment and devastation that spring from the isolation caused by a Wall.  It meant that we couldn't shoot "Mother", but having previously seen the extremely sparse visuals of that song on YouTube, I wasn't all that disappointed.  Then the song ended, and we were all herded out of the pit and back up that enormous flight of stadium stairs to the place where we came from.  Some of the photographers decided to stay and see the show--they had tickets--but since I didn't and since I of course had to file the images for Getty, I got out of there quickly and went home.  I finally finished editing and transmitting the pics at about 1:00 AM or so...a lot of work, but a job well done.

So, that's that.  I leave "The Wall" behind, and get ready to shoot a video for Deadmau5 tonight somewhere in the Valley.  No rest for the wicked...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Roger Waters: THE WALL - pre-show


I'm a bit on pins and needles at the moment...completely understandable, considering that I'm slated to shoot Pink Floyd's Roger Waters performing "The Wall" at the L.A. Coliseum in six hours.  I've been preparing hard for this show, as it's almost certainly going to be my show of the year as far as rock concerts are concerned.  Thank God for YouTube...it's allowed me to really do my homework on the show, so I'll know almost exactly what to expect when it starts.  I do not want to be caught flat-footed for this gig--this is an epic, and I have to shoot it accordingly.  Therefore, I'm bringing three cameras and four lenses, so I can capture as many aspects of the show as I can.

This event is going to be a bit different for me, as I'm going to be allowed to shoot six songs instead of the normal (and minimal) three songs.  The songs will be:

1. In The Flesh?
2. The Thin Ice
3. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
5. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
6. Mother

Another unusual item of note is that for songs 2, 3 and 4 I will be shooting from the side of the stage...which actually will probably be all right since those songs are not all that particularly interesting in a visual sense, going from the YouTube videos I've seen.  Songs 1, 5 and 6 will be shot from the front.  The highlight for me is almost certainly gonna be "Another Brick...Part 2", since this will feature the enormous marionette of the Schoolmaster.  I can't wait to see what super-wide shots I'll get of that thing.

It's funny...my moods are fluctuating between calm and prepared--because I really am prepared for this one--and nervous anticipation.  I imagine the nerves are going to increase once show time approaches.  That, and the crazy L.A. traffic that's snarling downtown thanks to the Clippers & Kings playing at the Staples Center, are not going to help me calm down later this afternoon.

This is so funny...I never, ever expected that I would get to shoot this show.  "The Wall" Live is one of those mythical events that most people look upon with awe, and I'm going to be at the center of it.  Well, there's only one thing to say about that:

Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dick Clark

The great Dick Clark passed away early this morning, and having worked on a couple of his productions so many years ago, I couldn't help but think about Dick today. No, I wasn't working as a photographer, in case you're curious...I was a production assistant on both the American Music Awards and the Cable Ace Awards, waaaaayyyy back in '92 or '93. I still have my crew laminates somewhere...I should dig those up.

Anyway, sadly I never met Dick in person, but I can tell you that his company's productions ran like clockwork. I learned a lot of valuable production experience from working for Dick Clark Productions, and had some great moments as well. I remember in particular working the after-party for the AMAs, where I had the chance to get caught in the middle of James Brown, MC Hammer, Evander Holyfield, Bel Biv DeVoe (remember them?) and their massive entourages. Oh, and I had to tell them to move away from the entrances or the Fire Marshal was gonna shut the party down. Let me ask you: are you going to tell the heavyweight champion of the world and the Godfather of Soul that they have to move? Of course not, and neither did I...I had the smarts to convince Bel Biv DeVoe to tell them. ;^)

Anyway, God bless you, Dick. You did a great service to both rock & roll and television, and that, as anyone in show business will tell you, ain't easy. At least you've got a solid gig now on "Heavenly Bandstand", or at least "God's Favorite Bloopers & Practical Jokes".

(Not that God produces any bloopers...)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Holga DSLR & Macro Experiments

Hey all,

Yes, the Holga experiments continue, but in an entirely different direction from the Crystal Holga...which has been getting rave reviews in Hollywood clubland, but that's a subject for a future date. I was recently inspired by some pictures that a photographer made using a Holga DSLR lens combined with Holga Close-Up and Macro lens attachments. The results were quite remarkable, so I decided to take a whack it it myself. The following pictures are only first attempts, but I'm encouraged enough to want to play with this new technique some more in the future. No, it doesn't produce the light leaks that a regular Holga 120N film camera does, but I'm certainly pleased with the results nonetheless.

Some extreme close-ups of the Crystal Holga. As you can see, the Macro Lens' resolution is actually pretty damned good.




Tiny anime and kaiju eiga figures, ranging from 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches tall(!). The detail is quite impressive for a pair of plastic lenses.

Tachikoma from Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex.


Mogera from The Mysterians (R) and King Ghidorah in the background.



Butterflies in the L.A. History Museum's Butterfly Arburetum. I was particularly impressed with some of the results I got here, since butterflies very often don't exactly perform on cue when you want them to!




Lazy grasshopper. This guy was actually about three inches long.


More examples can be found in my Pbase galleries, and on my Facebook account. As you can see, I'm quite intrigued by the possibilities that this combinations could provide. More experiments are definitely in order. Stay tuned...