Metallica James Hetfield Long beach Arena 1989
Framed to 16x20
Baryta rag archival print
Artist Biography: My first camera, aPentaxK1000,was a gift from my father, a serious amateur photographer whoshowed me the qualities of light and the alchemy ofdarkroom techniques. We traveled to YosemiteNational Park, and there among the ancient sequoia trees and waterfalls. I thought I wanted tobecome a landscape photographer.When I was fourteen, I traded vast tranquil wilderness for the raw energy of punkrock in darkcrowded clubs. I discovered my tribe on the Sunset Strip, and my camera transformed me fromwitness to participant. My 1981 photos of Wasted Youth were the first of thousands of images Iwould create, a personal document of a time, a place and an explosive new sound.I swapped print photos for access to guest lists at theWhiskyaGoGo, theStarwoodand theRoxy,expanding my portfolio while increasing my audience. I provided photography services for MysticRecords, a small independent label in Hollywood,and I conducted band interviews and authoredscene reports for local, national and international punk rock fanzines, includingMaximumRock’n’rolland We Got Power. My parents became reluctant hosts to touring musicians.Imoved to Washington stateafter college, inspired by Seattle’s grunge scene, and partnered with aphoto studio to continue my music documentation work. My image spectrum began to includeportraiture and special events, and I received stock representationwithGetty Images.Current projects include a music photography memoir. My archive is scanned and available forfuture fans, especially the girls.