Subject: Big K.R.I.T., Jonny Shipes, and Steve-O
Camera: Nikon D60
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: March, 2011
I think this photo is a photo that honestly isn’t as powerful without knowing the story behind that. Sometimes photos can stand on their own, and that’s great. But sometimes there’s just more to it that can’t be captured in a photo alone. I think one of the biggest lessons you’ll learn as a photographer is to be ok with not being able to capture it all.
This was my first trip to SXSW, the ginormous (yeah, I know that’s not a word, but it’s so fitting!) film and music festival in Austin, Texas. If you haven’t gone, I highly suggest you make the trip. And don’t buy a pass…you can see all your favorite performers in the unofficial showcases for free.
Anyway, back to this photo. I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along with Big K.R.I.T. and all of his amazing crew for a few days at SXSW in 2011. This particular photo was taken towards the end of what felt like the longest day in the history of man. We had literally run from venue to venue all day long, grabbed dinner, and rested up for an hour or so before K.R.I.T. had to go back out for an evening performance. This performance was different than all the others, though. K.R.I.T. had just released a project with a band out of Cali, Grillade, and he was performing with them tonight. This would be the first time that K.R.I.T performed his song “Something” live, and the song is long. Every time we were in the car that day, the song was on repeat.
When I snapped this photo, we had just gotten dropped off, and Dutch, K.R.I.T.’s road manager had gone to park the vehicle. K.R.I.T. started practicing right there on the street, using the store window as a mirror. This pic is really simple, but I think it sums up their team really well. For starters, they move as a group. We could have easily gone ahead to the venue, but we waited right there for Dutch so that we could walk in as a crew. Second, K.R.I.T. takes advantage of every spare moment to make sure he’s delivering a quality performance. Third, Steve-O documents EVERYTHING. And last, Shipes is always there, ready to give feedback.
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