Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA
When my friend Marc Shulman told me he'd be joining The Pine Hill Project for a short west coast tour, I was happy to hear that they'd be coming to Portland while I was staying there. Not only would I get to enjoy an evening of great music, I'd also get the opportunity to do something I rarely do: photograph people, specifically +Lucy Kaplansky
and +Richard Shindell
who conceived The Pine Hill Project last year and funded the recording of their album through Kickstarter.
Lucy and Richard are both exceptional singer/songwriters with many albums and credits, and the blend of their two voices together is exquisite. Accompanied by the lush atmospheric tones that Marc coaxes from his guitar, it made for an evening of beautiful music.
The most difficult aspect of photographing them was staying out of the way. The Alberta Rose Theatre is a small, intimate venue and if I moved around it would be distracting to the audience as well as the performers. Not wanting to be the obnoxious guy with the camera, I planted myself in a seat that I thought would offer the best vantage point and discreetly shot from there. It may not have been ideal, but I got some shots I liked and seemed to go unnoticed by audience and musicians.
If you're not familiar with Lucy's and Richard's music, do your ears a favor and check out The Pine Hill Project at https://pinehillproject.bandcamp.com