One of the reasons I enjoy music the way I do is because of how personable it can be. When you think about it, there’s nothing else on the planet that can bring strangers together the way music does. This passion of what music can do extends to when I get to spend time with musicians as well, in fact I’d say it’s the main component as to why I do what I do. Sure, big shows and all that are fantastic but whenever I have a camera in my hands I always remember that I’m taking photographs of people for people to view, and to do that well it’s important for me to understand who the people I’m taking photographs of are; whether it be a day in the life feature or a quick five minute photo shoot. Earlier this week, I was beautifully reminded of how well you can get on with a band after only a couple of quick minutes. This happened while on assignment in Brooklyn to take portraits of indie newcomers PHOX ahead of their sold out show at the Knitting Factory.
Within seconds of meeting them I had a massive smile on my face and found myself holding my chest due to the laughter that was caused by the spitfire Monica Martin (the bands front-woman/vocalist). Even though our time together was brief I do feel like I got a good sense of PHOX as people, especially with how they interacted with one another. Along with being impeccable polite I also noticed how genuinely gracious and humble they came across when talking about their tour and debut album. You could tell that they felt lucky to be where they are now and that they didn’t want to take it for granted. Their live show ended up representing that sincerity as their personalities shone on stage. Their comfort and showmanship towards one another made that indistinguishable, it was just easy to tell that they truly cared about one another while they were on stage playing their songs. It was also clear how much their songs meant to them, as well as how wild it was for them to see the venue filled with people the way it was. It’ll be great to see where they go from here; I certainly hope our paths end up crossing again. Enjoy my photos from the show below.
Trails And Ways
Be sure to check out, PHOX’s debut/self-titled album which is out now!
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