WASHINGTON, July 17, 2017 – There was a time that photography was taken with film. Strips of celluloid in a tube that you had to pop into your camera body and feed onto sprockets that pulled the film before the camera’s eye. Camera’s required more manual focus and computers set inside the camera and the lens did not exist or, by today’s standards, were in their infancy.
It took skill to get a good photo, but more so it took luck. Without Photoshop to manipulate color, light, crop, you got what you got.
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Which meant that you took hundreds of photos in a short period of time. A pit photographer normally is allowed the first three songs in which to capture that one photo.
Back “in-the-day” there might be six to a dozen photographers in the pit, all viewing for that perfect angle, that perfect capture. And trying to find the shot that is unique to everyone else because we are in a space that is usually not more than five-deep and the width of the stage.
But the width did not matter much. Everyone tried to inhabit that piece of real estate just below where the “action” was happening. It was exciting, breath taking, an epic rush not unlike the opening of the gate at a horse race. As the curtain fell, the lights exploded, the first drum hit or guitar note – those days are a favorite memory. It is not the same now.
Less shooters as fewer papers can afford them. The good natured comraderie between shooters and band replaced by the whir of cameras that now take hundreds of photos in an instant.
Then, you had two cameras. One long lens, one shorter range wider lens. I shot with 800-speed film because I was shooting for newspaper, not magazine. That 800-speed film, while fast, also created a very grainy image, contrasted to the crisp computer aided shots we capture today. These images were captured at Nissan Pavilion, Virgina.
The resurgence of Rock and Roll bands during the mid-1990s was epic. And it is just hard to find rock & roll that good anymore. Aerosmith was always a favorite shoot. The band knew we were there and worked with us. I know there are other amazing photos I have of Aerosmith from this show and others.
I promise to find them, and share them. In the meantime enjoy these lost film captured photos of Aerosmith.
Jacquie Kubin is an award winning writer and wanderer. Restless by nature and anxious to experience new things, both in the real world and online, Jacquie shares travel and culinary highlights, introduces readers to the chefs and creative people she meets and shares the tips, life and travel information people want to read.