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Monday, November 26, 2012

Time and Place: Schoolboy Q

This week's Time and Place photo was taken at the Tabernacle on Wed., November 14, 2012, at 9:53 p.m. It was shot when headliner Schoolboy Q suddenly jumped over the speakers and into the buffer zone between the artist and the crowd to slap the hands of those who had paid money to see him. At that moment I was more worried about taking a decent photograph than anything else. As a photographer, I was thinking, "How can I make the best photo from this situation I wasn't expecting." Luckily, I had positioned myself to the right of the other photographers, so when Q made his way down the line of hands I stepped in front of everyone and did not have to worry about the crowd being in the way of my camera. In 14 frantic seconds I shot nine frames.

For me, this photograph is about a rare moment when the crowd had the chance to be part of the show. People don't just go to concerts so they can listen to music by their favorite artists, people also go to have a chance to interact and be a part of the music that gets them through the day. Artists do tons of shows every year, at times just going through the motions, but for these fans this is it. These people, who might have waited for hours in the cold just so they could be in this position, at this time, at this place, to possibly have a chance of interacting with artists who are part of their day-to-day lives. So to me these hands are not just jostling for position, they're fighting for validation. Validation that all that they have done to be in this position is worth it. That for one fraction of a second, this person, who they idolize, recognizes their existence and that they are a part of his life, just like he is a part of theirs. That is what I believe this photo represents.


Check out the photo gallery of A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q at The Tabernacle.

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