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DeShaun Craddock
Part New Yorker, part photographer.
Part New Yorker, part photographer.

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A little late, but...

Here's a summary of the things I did last year. I didn't get to post this before year's end over here on G+, but as you know I haven't been keeping up here lately. Sorry guys!

Since I focused on my music photography much more than my street work, the blog post is entirely about that. In non-music photography news, two things of note were having a photo of mine featured by Popular Photography for their How-To issue in May, and having two of my abstract pieces on board the world's largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.

#photography #concertphotography #musicphotography

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A quick post from last week.

I know I've been gone a long time, sorry about that.

I've been well, for the most part, and I hope you have too.

This is a photo I took last week on the Williamsburg Bridge.

What have you guys been up to?

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Ultimate Music Moment 2016

That's the March 2016 issue of PDN, and that's my name on the first place photo :)

This makes the second time I've had photos in a magazine, and the first time I've ever had music photography appear in print. I got an email about it last week, but the issues arrived in the mail a couple days ago. I'm so stoked.

I placed first for the amateur division, performance category. The winners of all categories for both the amateur and professional divisions can be found here:

I apologize for not being around as much, but as you can see, I've been working hard. I'll have some street stuff to share from last month soon. 

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It's over

Abstract.NYC: April 2012—December 2015.

This photo marks the 120th, and final photo in my #intentionalcameramovement project. It's been wonderful creating these over the past few years, but it'll be nice to put the project down and focus on getting it seen. #abstract

I've already posted this next bit in a couple of places before, but it's worth saying again.

I don't usually talk about what my abstracts are made of, but I'll make an exception for this last one, because I think it suits the concept of the project perfectly. The blue is mostly from the cloudy sky and the blue tones in the sidewalk. The black was the side of a building that had been there for quite a while. The yellow? Waterproof drywall from new construction in the area. This project has been all about the things that are missed in a short period of time, and the way things change. It's been about exaggerating missed moments by removing the time and place from a photograph. In the time that I've been away from Canarsie, this new construction has gone up over buildings and store fronts that I used to frequent as a child. I think it's a really fitting farewell to the project.

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Your move, new year. 

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Achievement Unlocked: Get Published

I'm a bit late sharing this with Google+, but if you get a chance to check out the December issue of Popular Photography, you'll find a two page piece about my abstract project.

It feels really, really good to have this. I have been working on this project for a long time, and I'm happy that I was able to get some recognition for it while staying true to the project and myself.

If you end up picking it up (or already have it) let me know!

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Would anyone like to catch an Englishman?

I took this shot of Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, last month. This was one of those times where having a little extra access paid off. 

Usually, house rules are that you shoot the first three songs from the photo pit. "Three songs, no flash" is what's usually told to you. This time, however, I had VIP access. I was able to get up into the mezzanine area and take this shot. 

It kinda made my night, and it was the second time that week that I'd captured someone crowd surfing at the same venue.

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Where have I been?

If you've been asking yourself that question, the answer is "around."

Over the past few months, I haven't been shooting street as often, and since most people just don't have the same appreciation for music photography that I do, I haven't really shared much of my concert work, outside of Instagram. 

I expanded my abstract project to 118 pieces, and as the days get shorter I'll be scrambling to finish a couple more in The Bronx and Staten Island before bringing the project to a close.

I've been mostly photographing music performances. I photographed the first ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Jones Beach, and then the third annual Made In America Festival in Philly on Labor Day weekend. Those two events alone accounted for over 30 acts photographed. 

I've also become somewhat of an unofficial house photographer at Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre, which is pretty nice. 

I've just been spending a little more time putting energy into the things that get me some results. I've replaced posting with emailing photo editors and PR reps. I occasionally post to Tumblr, and I live post from my shows to Instagram, but I don't do a lot of posting otherwise. 

I wanted to share this shot that I took last night in Central Park, just because I'm really fond of it. I have a few favorites from the show, but I haven't decided which I like best yet. This is Lauren Mayberry, lead singer of CHVRCHES.

So, what have you guys been up to.

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