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Sights and Sounds

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Published Mar 31, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 31 Contributors

    31 photos selected by

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Waiting for the Avett Brothers to begin their performance through the fog. People sent these red ...

    #theavettbrothers #musicfestival #music

    When choosing to do a music photography assignment for Your Shot, I knew it would be fun to see how people from all over the world see music. I had no idea how much this assignment would pull at my own feelings, make me retrace my past with photography, and move me to revisit old songs from my childhood and search out new artists. I asked for you to show me how you were seeing music, to capture scenes from concerts, bedrooms, and street corners. Some of the moments you showed me were loud and made me want to turn up the volume on my computer as I surveyed scenes from point of view of concertgoers next to amps turned up to 11. Some moments made me laugh or pause to take in breathtaking scenes. Then there were moments that were quiet and made me think about why the photographer decided to capture a particular image, what the music they were hearing sounded like, and whether it evoked some sort of memory inside of them.

    A band in the street --- Saint Tropez

    #sounds #band #music #street #francescatorracchi #sights_and_sounds

    Editor's Note

    Loved how you framed this image. Perspective can really change a photograph and I enjoy the angle you took to grab this image. Also really like how the word play with the cymbals becoming a hat.

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Charu Semwal, Indian Idol 3 contestant singing in an open air concert, Bangalore, India.

    #sights_and_sounds_assignment #concert #openair #music

    Editor's Note

    I love the lighting in this image and how you captured someone else looking to photograph this moment in the foreground. Very interesting set up with the security surrounding the stage and everyone... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Thomas Church of the nu-metal veteran band Mushroomhead rocking out a grand finale in Iowa City o...

    #sights #church #concert #music #thomas #metal #culture #mushroomhead #rap #live #sound

    Editor's Note

    Great moment! Love the arms you captured in this, each one adds another layer to this story! The costume the guitarist is wearing just adds to the scene. Nice work.

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Kora & Maanam ... Nikon F5 analog B&W film Kodak T-Max 3200

    #maanam #music_scene #light #black_and_white #poland #shadow #kora #scene #woman #europe #warsaw #girl

    Classical music concert

    #master_of_ceremonies #strongwomen #strong #music #classic

    Buddhists are praying at Amitabha Pura Festival in Vietnam's pagoda. This festival annually held...

    #sing #night #festival #peace #heritage #vietnam #life #buddha #love #pray #pagoda #people #traditional

    Editor's Note

    Really great moment you have here. I love the mix of lighting from the candles meeting the darkne... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Irish heavy metal band Primordial playing an initimate concert in Vienna. This was shot from the ...

    #crowd #concert #stage #gig #music #show #musicphotography #musician #singer #live #heavymetal

    Editor's Note

    Wow, the lighting really makes this image! Also all of the out stretched hands make for such a cool moment to witness and capture.

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    An elderly lady performing on the streets of La Paz.

    #street_muscian #bolivia #morphinion #music #street_perfomer #la_paz #sound

    Editor's Note

    I love how this image is composed. Going vertical and adding the image from the top left makes this a very interesting image.

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Early on in this assignment, I told you that I don’t know how to play an instrument. I’ve always wanted to be in a band, though, so taking photographs of musicians was the closest I could get to feel as if I was apart of the music scene. There was something so alluring about being a part of the music community that the thought of it would keep me up at night. Of course, my life took some turns in other directions and now I find myself as part of the Your Shot community. I don’t regret where I am these days; this photo community surprises and inspires me everyday.

    At first, I worried that I wouldn’t get many submissions for this assignment. It turns out I got almost 10,000 images submitted for review. You’re looking at the final 31; it was not easy to get to these final images. This assignment kept me up late at night as I revised my order, took in new images, and went through the heartbreaking process of eliminating some images that I loved. (I promise there will be a Behind the Edit blog post on the ones that didn’t make it.)

    gypsy band musicians "Carnavalito Gitano"

    #gypsie #chile #dance

    Editor's Note

    Great timing with your shutter and nice use of composition. The color of the dress drew my eye ri... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Sometimes the best music is found. I was out for a walk downtown, and just as i was heading back ...

    #powerful #moment #feeling #soul #blackandwhite #music #guitar #street #letsexexplore

    Young talent.

    #violin #orchestra #ward8dc #dc #lockers #youth

    A small combo of members of the local classical orchestra performing a surprise concert by the la...

    #classical_music #trumpet_player #carousel #trumpet #concentration

    ....

    #mum_and_baby #baby #portraits #music #black__and_white #lullaby

    Editor's Note

    A great example of a quiet moment, where you the photographer must be quiet as well. I can hear the soft tunes that are being carried from this piano in this image. Also great work getting a higher... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    This is a photograph of an old piano placed in the water/sand under the Brooklyn Bridge . I was f...

    #unconditionaldogs_6 #unconditionaldogs_5 #unconditionaldogs_1 #unconditionaldogs #water #unconditionaldogs_3 #dog #unconditionaldogs_7 #unconditionaldogs_2 #portrait #animal #people #piano #unconditionaldogs_4

    Editor's Note

    Interesting scene to come by. I'm wondering what the story is behind the piano and it came to the waters edge. Love the interaction you caught between the father and son here in this moment.

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    they used to play various tune from the movies on each and every significant ritual at wedding da...

    #black_and_white #band_party #people #places #sights_and_sounds #bangali_wedding

    Editor's Note

    Wonderful composition and moment. Each musician here is a layer in the image telling their own st... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    one of my favorites concert shots, the drummer is always a big challenge

    #rock #carloslopez #concert #drummer #music #concertphotography #concertphotographer

    During our time on the discussion board I talked to all of you concerning the idea of looking for new angles and perspectives. You all found ways to move through large crowds to photograph memorable moments on stage, or you took your time trying to capture the emotions of a street performer who was putting their heart and soul into their music. Those will always be the times you'll be glad you took an image, so it can remind you of those moments and how you felt during that exact time that the shutter was pressed. Keep looking for memorable moments in your photography. They can come from the stage, from behind the scenes, from the streets or from your living room. 

    Thirty eight members of ''The Manganiyar Seduction" troupe, drawn from villages of the Thar deser...

    #festival #jaipur #red #sightandsoundassignment #portrait #culture #askalocalassignment

    Editor's Note

    This image made me step back and say "Whoa" as I took in the entire scene. I've never seen something like this before, but I like it! The lighting and the color of the boxes makes this image just p... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Heavy Metal band Motley Crue in Dubai concert. This was taken using my iPhone6 when DSLR or any s...

    #motley_crue #concert #band #music

    Editor's Note

    A photographer once said "The key to taking better pictures is to stand in front of interesting s... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Video Filth at the Boiler Room in Boston, MA on April 24, 2015.

    Editor's Note

    I love this moment and energy that you captured here. This reminds me of small basement shows where there are no rules or security and the band is playing to you and not standing on a stage high ab... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    To capture the explosion of light, dance, and sound of Junkanoo in a single still image can be qu...

    #carnival #festival #junkanoo #caribbean #costume #music #tradtition #dance #culture #parade #bahamas

    Pir Shaliar is an old traditional Kurdish ceremony; it is held on the 40th day of winter. Descend...

    #kurdish #shaliar #pir #festival #ceremony #sufi #celebration #iran

    Every night after dinner we have a dance party, daddy is joining in

    #daughter #father #blackandwhite #music #children #dance

    Editor's Note

    How could anyone say no to a family dance party? Love the expression you captured here Jody. I believe you have proven that we don't need to go to clubs or concert venues to capture the power of mu... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    want to capture the mood of Varanasi at night. Varanasi is the oldest continuously inhabited city...

    #night #night_at_venaras #music #venaras #travel #culture #india #empathy_gap_assignment

    Editor's Note

    What a great scene to discover! I've been thinking about how photographs are of moments that only... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    Adele performing at La Cigale in Paris on April 4, 2011. www.serhio.com www.facebook.com/serh...

    #concert #adele #music #live

    Editor's Note

    This is an excellent quiet moment to be captured during a live show. I love that the mic stand is... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    a cute street performer plays his music through a magic flute making the surreal atmosphere ... L...

    #piper #funny #italy #artist #romantic #music #street #musician #sights_and_sounds

    I took this shot at home,when our older son was practicing the saxophone before his first public ...

    #ngmadventure #natgeoinspires #blackandwhite #music #family #people #gender

    The final performance of Kremlin military tattoo in Moscow.

    #sounds #sound_and_light #orchestra #firework #military_orchestra #red_square #military

    Editor's Note

    When perfect timing and framing comes together it can be a beautiful thing. This looks like the grand finale to me so I can just hear the ending notes being accompanied by the explosions of the fir... More

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    I climb up a rickety shed roof for a better view of Stewed Mulligan performance at Cheat River Fe...

    #revelers #crowd #festival #cheat_river #music #conseravtion #people #sight_and_sounds #nature

    Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, being a part of the crowd and connecting with them during their ...

    #crowd #concert #music #imaginedragons #lasvegas #lifeisbeautiful #live

    Editor's Note

    Everything in this frame is great, I want to study each crowd members expression as well as all of the things happening in the background.

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    On our way home from my son's 7th grade band concert, we stopped for ice cream and to watch the s...

    #silhouette #son #trumpet #boy #sunset

    Editor's Note

    The perfect sounds to be heard at the end of the day. Really enjoyed this silhouette shot and the tone of this image.

    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor

    I’ll end on a personal note here. Back in 2003, I found myself going through a dark time personally and was very confused on the direction I wanted to go with my life. It was the year that I lost a close family member and the year that I discovered photography. It was the year that I started photographing music and started to feel like I found my path. As I write this, my soundtrack is the song “The Last Song I Will Ever Want To Sing”  by the Canadian band Moneen. I haven’t listened to this record in a good eight years. It was a record that came out during the same year I went through my struggle and discovery.

    As I look through these final images with my headphones on and lead singer Kenny Birdges sings to me, “I want to remember. Wait ... smile, do something,” I’m reminded of why I love music and photography. Combining the two might have been the best decision I have ever made. I hope you continue to listen and document the music around you. Thanks for the images, Your Shot!

    About the Editor
    Matt Adams
    Associate Photo Editor
    Matt is an Associate Photo Editor at National Geographic. He edits through the daily submissions to Your Shot and curates assignments. Before Nat Geo, Matt was a photography instructor and freelance photographer working for publications such as Wired, Spin, and Pittsburgh Magazine. Currently located in DC, but Pittsburgh is home.

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