As a child growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo in the 1970s, I was very much influenced by the record collections of my elder siblings, the classical concerts, and the touring broadway shows my mother exposed me to, as well as the phenomenal Albright Knox Art Museum where I first experienced real art for the first time. I had a portable record player and would put on shows on the family front lawn, cartwheels, costumes, the whole thing! In 1977 I desperately wanted to see Donna Summer in concert, but was not allowed to go as I was only 12. My first "rock" concert was Van Halen in 1980. Far from being my favorite band I was blown away by the whole spectacle, the space which the touring band brought to town for everyone to be part of. I quickly started see bands which I really loved; The Cars, The Psychedelic Furs, Duran Duran, Echo and The Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, etc.
Music is the fuel that I run on when Im working in my studio, in my life. The band which really changed my life was The Smiths who I first saw in 1985. I never carried a camera around with me back then. I was always up front right at the edge of the stage and I could have captured great images, instead I was just there part of the whole thing in real time, when almost no one had a camera. This section focuses on my work documenting others performing, a space I still love to occupy.
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