Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Atypical, Unpredictable BISON: for Distinction Magazine

One of the things that I'm most grateful about in regards to being a photographer - besides being able to earn my living as one - is being introduced to the unknown. 

On almost every assignment, I'm introduced to a new issue, subject, insight or experience that inevitably will shape or define me. There isn't a science or method to any of this serendipitous unfolding, it simply is what it is. 

That said, one day I could be in the cockpit of a race car making pictures at 135 mph, or covering a jet crash off the shores of the Atlantic,  then a portrait of a same-sex couple, or sadly enough photographing the parents of a slain child, or even something as light as an advertisement for a roller derby league. No matter the case I love this facet of my job. 

I have two offices, the one where my desktop sits and the other is wherever I might be shooting that day. 

Not too long ago, Distinction Magazine commissioned me to work on an upcoming story that would feature the recently signed band Bison. To be honest, I had never heard of them prior to the shoot, or so I thought. I did my research which started with downloading their album from iTunes. As soon as track one started to play I realized I had heard their music on NPR many times. 

"Ding, the light bulb went on in my head, oh okay - I know who they are now!"

I did a little more poking around and found out more about the band's background. They have a quite fascinating story which you can read about in detail in this issue of Distinction

Do yourself a favor and check out  their music too, you might be pleasantly pleased....

I recommend clicking on any image to view larger. Thanks for stopping by!


Amy Sandoval said...

These photos are incredible - they tell a story and seem to personify the band. Fantastic work.


Thank you Amy, I had a great time working with Bison. I definitely strived to communicate the band's personality through the photographs. I'm glad you enjoyed the work. All the best!

ParkerMB said...

Just heard someone talking today about this band being signed to Columbia and how fast they came up! Finally listened to some of their music and I am excited for the first album. Also glad that the future of banjo music is looking bright!!


Hey Parker, I believe they were signed to Universal. I remember hearing their music for the first time on our local NPR station. It wasn't until I photographed them that I put two and two together and realized they were the local band that everyone was buzzing about. I ended up buying the first album that they produced independently and it is a solid collection of songs. You should pick it up off of iTunes. However, they might have stopped selling it. And yes, good to see the banjo reaching a new audience. Best regards!