Intro by Mike McKinley
State of Mind's photographers covered over 100 shows and festivals in 2011. And they killed it! There are a few new photographers and a few that didn't participate this year‚ but the story about their amazing work‚ from my perspective‚ has not changed -- here's what I think they do best: They document a range of diverse acts‚ but more importantly they capture the spirit of the music and event brilliantly. State of Mind's photographers do more than get the shots -- you look at their photos and you know what it sounds like‚ you know the vibe‚ you know the smell of the room. They tell the story with their camera. Here are the photographers included and check out Mike Wren's narrative on his shots:
Andrew Hill -- visit Andrew's Flickr site. His shots are of moe.‚ American Babies‚ Phish‚ and Bruce Hornsby.
Richard Gastwirt -- visit his Stage Shooter Facebook page. His photos are of Trey Anastasio‚ Trombone Shorty‚ Furthur‚ Warren Haynes‚ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes My Morning Jacket‚ Elvis Costello‚ Jane's Addiction‚ Imelda May‚ and the Allman Brothers.
Brent Harrewyn -- visit Brent's site. His photos are of Chamberlin‚ The New Mastersounds‚ Rubblebucket and Phish at Super Ball.
Chenoa Charpentier -- her photos are of EOTO‚ Umphrey's McGee‚ moe.‚ Zach Deputy and Toubab Krewe.
Andrew Wyatt (Dirty Santa) -- his photos are of Skerik‚ Burning Man‚ Electric Forest‚ String Cheese Incident‚ and Phantogram.
Chelsea Valente -- her photos are of EOTO and Shpongle Live.
Greg Gouwens -- visit Greg's G-2 Facebook page. His photos are of moe.‚ and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Bud Fulginiti -- his photos are of Garage A Trois‚ Marco Benevento‚ Furthur‚ 7 Walkers and Primus.
Mike Wren -- visit Mike's site. Here's his narrative on his shots:
When you're able to tally the number of shows you hit in a year with only two hands‚ it's easy to recall your favorite live music moments. In my case‚ the number of photo "keepers" totaled 3‚425 frames. I've always been a little verbose.
Although‚ truth be told‚ I cheated a little bit: I'm counting a festival‚ The Royal Family Affair‚ as one show. By means of keeping the peace in my house‚ a little creative accounting was is in order.
Ominous Seapods 2/11/2011 Reunion - The Waterhole - Saranac Lake‚ NY. Seapod offspring play during soundcheck.
Trey Anastasio Band 2/19/2011 - The Palace Theatre - Albany‚ NY
Lo Faber & Aaron Maxwell Acoustic Duo 2/19/2011 - Red Square - Albany‚ NY
McLovins' 5/14/2011 - Jillian's - Albany‚ NY
Royal Family Affair 8/12 - 8/14/2011 - Stratton Mountain‚ VT
Eric Krasno‚ John Medeski‚ Dumpstaphunk‚ Royal Family Allstars‚ and the fans (and lone photographer) who braved the torrential downpour at the end of the weekend.
Ominous Seapods final (no really!) farewell show‚ 12/17/2011 - Valentine's - Albany‚ NY
Happy 2012!