David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback. (Photograph by John Robinson)
As time has gone by, I have become more and more interested in covering not only audio shows or events, but also the people there. And not as photojournalism, but as art.
Real portraits made during the difficulties of audio show circumstances.
Show reporting is commonplace.
Art is very rare.
My portraits are the result of applying my creative vision and artistic insights to the task of exploring both the mystery and revelation that every person represents. These are at the heart of the challenges of true art in photography…to see the hiddenness of each person, but also to recognize the moments of insight that shine forth like sunbeams stabbing through looming cloudbanks.
What Edward Weston called the "flame of recognition."
And, when hiddenness and revelation are evident, to act decisively with the tools of one's art.
It may look easy, but it is actually terribly difficult, requiring real mastery of an artistic medium. Photography is so intensely demanding precisely because you must act rapidly…like lightning…because the moment with portraits like these is so very fleeting. Recognition must lead to an instantaneous act…no hesitation, no fumbling about, no guesswork…because the moment is now.
But, if done well, the results are more important, more lasting, and more transformational, than the snapshootery of show articles.
My photographic portfolio from the LA Audio Show in 2017:
A portrait of Marine Presson
Wess and Marine Presson: A portrait
Dave and Carol Clark: a moment
Adam Goldfine and Alan Kafton
Michael Vamos: a portrait
Olu Sonuga and Doug White
Dave Clark, a moment
Carol Clark: a portrait
Benno Meldgaard and Michael Vamos: portrait in black and white
Fiona Joy by firelight
Michael Fremer, a study
Joel Durand and Hervé Deletraz: a moment
Brian Moura: a portrait
A portrait of Greg Beron
Rafe Arnot: iPhone 6+ study
Sarah Grant, Carol Clark, and Marjorie Baumert: a moment
Russ Stratton: a portrait
A portrait of Roger Skoff
Dave Clark, Philip O'Hanlon, and Carol Clark: a portrait
Robert Kelly: a portrait
Wes Bender and Bill Parish: a portrait
Dave Clark and Benno Meldgaard: a moment
Danny Kaey: iPhone 6+ portrait
David MacPherson: a portrait
Jeremy and Tara Bryant: a moment
A portrait of Bruce Jacobs
Doug White: a portrait
Ted Denney III: a portrait
Carolyn and George Counnas
Lee Scoggins: a portrait
Philip O'Hanlon: a portrait
Jonathan Tinn and Hervé Deletraz: a moment
Kevin Hayes: a portrait
A portrait of Leif Swanson
A portrait of Cookie Marenco
Michael Fremer and Lee Scoggins: a characteristic moment
Jonathan Tinn: a moment
Kevin Malmgren: a portrait
A portrait of Michael Fremer
Carol Clark: a portrait
All images and processing by David W. Robinson, unless otherwise noted.