To The Masquerade: An Introduction


Blog readers, meet To The Masquerade: by far the constant of my early photography career. It was through TTM that I could always gauge how I was progressing as a photographer - both artistically and professionally. From their first shows where I was being paid by just being on the list and maybe a beer after the show, to a couple years later where I was their personal photographer paid in actual money for live shows, album/promo artwork, and more...

But I'm getting ahead of myself. 

This chapter of my photographic history all started on a cloudy Thursday night halfway through 2007 at a small Northeastern campus club called Afterhours. I was working at a local camera store and had "borrowed" Tokina's new 11-16mm f/2.8 for the night. It was my first foray into ultra-wide photography and truthfully I had no idea what I was doing! I also borrowed Canon's iconic 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (the "White Whale") but predominately explored life in about 150º.

The results?: Lots of slow(er than I should have been hand holding) shutter, lots of questionable compositions, but an admittedly fun show and a pretty cool impromptu band shoot after the show as a bonus. It can only get better from here right?

 Enjoy the first of what will be at least a 12-part series in the much too short lived reign of To The Masquerade.