I attended the Twenty One Pilots, Mutemath, and Chef’special show at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio and I was reborn.
There weren’t many press photographers, it started as just me and two others. The three of us were escorted around by Wolstein’s staff. From the annex to underground the stadium then to the pit.
We were allowed three songs and only three songs. Twenty One Pilot’s management is very strict on this. After the three songs of TØP, our gear had to be out of the building which was a little bit annoying.
But, you’ve always gotta respect the band and the people that work for them.
Their touring photographer – a great guy named Brad Heaton – posts a lot of black and whites. I get this, I’ve been doing concert photography for a decent amount of time now and I know that sometimes black and whites are the only thing that can save a photo.
During editing, I realized that TØP loves red lights. My favorite shots from the night are in black and white.
I’ve got a thing for drummers. I love drummers so, so much. Musically, physically, emotionally. It’s usually a bit hard for me to shoot drummers, I wish I got more photos of Josh.
Twenty One Pilots has this whole thing with their ski masks. I believe it dates back to Car Radio era where one of their videos says “Take off your mask when you’re ready”. There’s definitely something deep and meaningful to Josh and Tyler.
I respect that 100-percent. Part of me wishes I was able to get photos of their faces, though.
Three song rule. Ski masks. It’s alright.
I always get weird looks when I bring my 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens into the photo pit. Why would anyone need long range lens in a photo pit inches from the subjects?
WELL, for your information, my 70-200mm lens got me a decent framed photo of Tyler from an upper balcony.
The way he did the last photo – going from main stage to balcony – was really cool, I figured it out later on. I’ll let you believe it’s magic.
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Mutemath’s lead singer is really chill, he reminds me of Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, kind of. Maybe.
I love the lights on their set.
For this next one, my camera had a series of not focusing on their lead singer. It focused on his mic, then his upper hand, then his left hand. It ended up focusing on his wedding finger.
I was planning on deleting them all, but I think this one turned out kind of cool.
Their drummer taped his headphones to his face and that’s hardcore.
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There’s nothing out there that could describe the way I felt that night. There’s nothing I could ever say to explain how good I felt.
I’m excited for the future of these three bands as well as my own.
More photos and Victoria’s review will be up on Kryptonite soon.