Waxahatchee, the music project headed by Alabama singer Katie Crutchfield, made a stop at Montreal’s Bar Le Ritz PDB last night, in support of their Ivy Tripp album. As it typically is, the indie music venue was packed from front to back, even for the openers The Muscadettes and Girlpool.
As a show photographer, it is fun to go back to your roots and shoot some small venues. No photo pits, no security, no management to deal with. On the flip side, you get some pretty low lights and when it’s a packed crowd as it was last night, pretty much no mobility. So you get there early, you chat up the people around you, and you listen to some good tunes while you wait for the next act to take the stage.
It also keeps you on your toes. It is easy to get comfortable when you are always shooting in arenas with great lights. As an artist, you want a challenge, you want to push your limits, you want to deliver your best no matter what the situation.
And when I say low light, I mean ISO 10,000 f/2.8 and a 1/40th shutter low light. While I wasn’t digging the shooting, I was digging the bar and the bands. So I guess it all balances out, right? 🙂
The full image set as well as complete review can be found up at Exclaim! right HERE.