Vincent Cianni, photographer and author of “Gays in the Military” speaks about using photography as a vehicle for social change at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies “Photography for Social Change Symposium” on March 21st, 2017.
Local band Andrea Doria performs at La Perle Hookah Lounge in Wyandotte, Michigan on March 22nd 2017. In order from left to right: Parker Sturgill, Drew Hohmann, Logan Loya, and Max Grahl.
Logan Loya (left) and Max Grahl (right) perform with their band Andrea Doria at La Perle Hookah Lounge in Wyandotte, Michigan on March 22nd 2017.
Andrea Doria performs at La Hookah Lounge in Wyandotte Michigan on March 22nd 2017. Shot from outside window.
Parker Sturgill (left) and Drew Hohmann (right) chat between songs during their set at La Perle Hookah Lounge in Wyandotte, Michigan, on March 22nd 2017.
Feature hunting is far from easy. I made my first attempt to shoot an event for this assignment last week, I went to an art show wherein I discovered that artists do not like to be photographed, I got virtually no material from that event.
On Tuesday, March 21st, I attended a symposium at the College for Creative Studies on the topic of photography for social change, partially because it sounded interesting, and partially because I thought “Hey, I can shoot that.” I intended to shoot my three feature photos at this event, and that didn’t work out either. The lighting was low, the speakers stood in one spot for the entirety of their presentations (which does not make for very visually interesting photos), and it turns out that trying to shoot when you’re surrounded by people who are probably way better photographers than you is extremely nerve-wracking. Fortunately, I was able to catch one photo at this event that I was at least partially satisfied with (Really though, I hate that photo, but I’ll take it as a learning experience), this is what I used for my enterprise photo.
It was getting down to the wire, I woke up this morning with one thought in mind, “I need to kick my butt into gear and shoot something good, fast.” After spending much of the day perusing the internet for suitable events (shockingly, not a ton seemed to be happening on a Wednesday night), I came across an advertisement for the local band Andrea Doria, performing tonight, perfect. I have actually shot photos of this band before, but I was largely unsatisfied with the work I produced the first time, and I was eager to try again.
Shooting Andrea Doria was a lot of fun, but it was not easy on a technical level. The low, mood lighting of the lounge made for a relaxing and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, but it was not, however, ideal for photography. The main lights were dim, and there were a collection of multi-colored lights throughout the lounge.
I must have adjusted my levels at least twenty times in an attempt to produce good-looking photos. I even resorted to using my flash for a couple of the shots, which I normally adamantly avoid. I threw in the photo I shot from outside the window because I thought it was kind of artsy and cool looking, I’m a big fan of reflective surfaces. I ended up making the photographs monochrome in post, due to the nature of the lighting there was no way I was going to be able to balance that mess of color into anything useable, but I think the choice to go monochrome worked out, it fits with the vibe of the band.
Special thanks to Andrea Doria, check out their music here.