Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to shoot as a volunteer photographer for the 2014 Pearland International Festival in Pearland, TX – my new home since returning from Taiwan. The event featured acts from throughout the Houston area and was a great chance to practice my concert and cultural photography.
These are from The Phoenix Show, an event which took place last night in the hopes of boosting Hsinchu’s local music scene. It was a huge success and the three bands that performed were a huge amount of fun to shoot.
I used the 35mm f/1.8 as usual, and was able to get some fast shutter speeds at an ISO of 3200.
One of the headliners for the drum concert in Jhubei was A-Lin, or 阿玲, a female Taiwanese singer of aboriginal decent who is gaining popularity. I was able to get quite close even though I was sandwiched in by adoring fans. Most of these are ranging from ISO 1600 to 3200 due to the dramatic darker lighting styles used.
Before I post the photos, here is a music video of hers. I’m not especially into Taiwanese pop (though I do have a soft spot for Crowd Liu) though it works wonders when learning the language.
I’m doing something I don’t normally do and posting on the weekend to show off a slideshow I made of my time in Cambodia, with special emphasis made on ancient Khmer culture and the ruins of Angkor Archaeological Park.
The music in this slideshow comes from a recording made by Tara Alan and Tyler Kellen. They recorded a group of landmine victims playing traditional Cambodian music for their blog about bicycling around the world, Going Slowly. While they seem to be back according to their posts, you can get a lot of insight about world travel through their ginormous website. They were nice enough to allow me to use their recording. Remember, you can buy CDs of this music from the musicians themselves, who frequent areas around the temples.
I recommend seeing this video at full screen and if possible, at 1080p quality, the highest available.
Forgive the clichéd title today. I was digging through my Spring Scream photos and realized I never posted this shot of th e lead singer of TAKAYUKIDAN, or 多火油機團, a Japanese band performing during the second and third nights of the festival in Kenting.
Next week is the Dragon Boat Festival – I hope this week flies by!
Moss is a Taichung-based psychedelic rock band that I came across on the second night of Spring Scream – and quite by accident. Regardless, they were impossible to miss with their crazy costumes. I have already posted two photos of the band when publishing a preview of Spring Scream in April.
Unfortunately, I haven’t found much of their music online – if you know where it can be found, let me know!
Sea Level, or 海平面 (hǎi píng miàn), is a Taiwanese band that mixes certain elements of punk, rap, and rock into their songs. They were pretty great to see on stage as the lead singer’s stage presence really took hold.