As anyone who has ever tried to take pictures of a band knows, the hardest shot can be the drummer. First, he (or she) is usually blocked by two or three other band members. Sometimes, I need permission to either go on stage or climb on top of a speaker or stool to get high enough to get a good angle on the drummer. Often, they are on risers which makes them stand a little higher than the rest of the stage, making me even more creative with my attempts to get a glimpse of their faces.
Then, there’s that cymbal that is positioned at exactly the same level as the drummer’s face! On top of that, drummers are not always looking up so their heads are often burried in a sea of snares. Often, the camera’s light is either blocked by the drum-set or bouncing off the shiny cymbals, resulting in a dark shot. So you have to either take that shot at just the right time or take as many as you can get until it comes out right – which is my strategy!
Here are a few of the many shots I took this past month that I shared recently in an online album called That Elusive Drummer.
Find the complete album of both good and bad drummer shots I took in April, on the WeekendBroward Photos Page on Facebook.
I would not feel good about writing a blog about drummers this month without mentioning a local artist who was brutally murdered only 1 year ago while trying to calm a situation at a local bar in Fort Lauderdale. I’m referring to a guy who was a friend to all musicians who live for the joy of playing to crowds large and small – Jimmy Pagano. Here’s a picture I took of him only a few weeks before his untimely death.
Last year, thousands of his friends and friends of friends attended a memorial jam at America’s Backyard in Fort Lauderdale. This year, a 2nd annual jam will be taking place at the same venue on Sunday, May 20th starting at 1pm and going on for 10 straight hours. More information can be found on the Facebook event notice.
As with last year, I will be there snapping pictures of musicians, friends of Jimmy Pagano, fans of great live music, and of course, that elusive drummer!
‘see you there!