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Prime time

I'm having a lot of fun using an old prime. It's one of the first lenses I bought and it's never missed a beat. I reckon using prime lenses keeps my work, well, honest.

Tago Mago © Zo Damage

Tago Mago
22 March 2016 – Day 27/366

Not being able to zoom in and out forces me to find the shot regardless of the conditions – mosh pits and being slammed around with everyone else [which is awesome!], packed shows where moving around is all but impossible, stuff like that.

Primes are pretty unforgiving, especially when attached to an older camera body. Funny, I have a few cameras and the body of choice right now is my old first gen 5D. I know! Sure the ISO expansion is low, but man, the shots are awesome. Wringing the camera's neck is a good thing.

The Woohoo Revue © Zo Damage

The Woohoo Revue
Estonian House, Brunswick Music Festival
19 March 2016 – Day 24/366

My reasons for taking on the 365 live music photography project were pretty simple. At the time, it came down to me pushing myself, and my gear … to photograph music I am not into and find the magic, to find the light when there is no light, to get the shot when there is not shot to be had and to deliver, on a daily basis regardless.

Uncle Geezer
Bar Open
7 March 2017 – Day 12/366
What a gig!

Next year marks my tenth anniversary of being published as a live music photographer. I wanted to do something different. Something that I thought would make me grow.

Jeff Rosenstock © Zo Damage

Jeff Rosenstock
The Reverence Hotel
4 March 2016 – Day 9/366
So much energy! I like being up the front at shows like Jeff Rosenstock. 

The reality? I am learning so much, about myself as a person and as a live music photographer, and finding a new love for my equipment and what it can produce. I would not have believed it if someone told me the things I would discover or the direction and "places" the project would take me.

On 25 February 2016 Zo committed to photographing a band or more every day for a full year with her 365 Day [Live Music Photography] Project. As 2016 was a leap year Zo photographed each of the 366 days, successfully completing her unprecedented project on 24 February 2017.

Zo's book The Damage Report, released in August 2017, celebrates the successful completion of her 365 Day Project, offering an insightful look into live music culture from the perspective of the scene itself. Find out more here.

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