If a picture speaks a thousand words, then Robert Massie’s work
could recite War and Peace. His ability to capture a poignant
moment comes not from simply an artistic vision – as concert photography
is far from an exact science – but rather his perseverance and
dedication each night to get just that one shot.
So to properly look back on such an eventful year in music, we
asked Robert to take us behind the lens, and share his personal
favorite shots of 2003.
Click on an image to enlarge.
25. John Bell, Widespread Panic
One of my favorite performers, caught up in an “unexpected
moment of bliss.” I think that JB had fun playing acoustic
sets this summer, and this was a moment that really typified
his mood during the sit-down sessions.
24. Warren Haynes, Rebirth of the Mule
Haynes is the hardest working man in show business, and
Gov’t Mule has finally been reborn. I love the mystery
this photo seems to convey, a great example of how to
make low light levels still work.
23. DJ Logic
I simply love this shot. ‘Nuff said.
22. Sam Bush
Sam Bush weaves reggae, rock, and soul into his bluegrass
pursuits and it’s truly a pleasure to photograph this mandolin
master taking the crowd to school.
19. DJ Z-Trip
No one mixes records like Z-Trip does. It’s always a
bit difficult to get good shots of DJ’s at festivals,
but my lens was long enough to catch Z during a booty-shaking
wax throw down in the June heat.
17. Les Claypool
Caught in the middle of one of his stomping sessions,
the Col. looks like he’s completely absorbed in the groove.
Taken at this year’s phenomenal MidX Music Festival in
16. Marc Roberge, Of A Revolution
Everfine Records puts on one hell of a show every year
at the “Feeling Better than Everfine” festival. OAR commanded
the crowd, and Marc seemed to be having a great time belting
out tales of heartache and poker.
Athens, OH’s own Guest invited me to photograph the filming
of their DVD at Columbus’s Newport Music Hall. This is
my favorite group/cover shot of the year and it totally
showcased their lighting rigs.
13. Drew Emmitt, Leftover Salmon
Leftover Salmon’s own mandolin master, Drew Emmitt, gives
my lens a compelling look during a spring show at Cleveland’s
12. Houseman, Galactic
During a riveting version of “Saturday Night Special,”
Houseman assures the audience that “peace” is better than
guns and whiskey. The pattern on his suit made it pretty
easy to focus.
11. Keller Williams
Caught in full sway, Keller’s personality and performance
style really come across well in this shot. I think this
was during “Standing on the Moon” at this year’s Allgood
Festival. And, yes, he does move that much.
8. Warren Haynes, Allman Brothers
It’s tough to catch Warren smiling so big
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