Last month, Staten Island's own Happy Anarchy played at the Mercury Lounge. I took pictures (dot blogspot dot com!). They are an AMAZING band, for serious. No pretentiousness, no bullshit, just some genuinely good fucking music. I have a huge history of taking pictures of live bands, it was certainly my thing. My greatest pictures (for myself) were of the bands whose music and members I truly loved. When a band who makes music for the sake of making music, seeing people enjoy their music, sharing their music, you can tell. I can tell, anyway! I think that as a photographer, my pictures are only as good as the band's music. Get it? For me, if they suck, the pictures suck. Great pictures aren't in forced rockstar facial gestures and cool guitars, they're in the moments that aren't being planned and overthought. A good picture should capture just how genuine and sincere a moment is. And music should be nothing else but genuine and sincere (well, it should also be good, too :p ). Art in any form should spawn more art in every form. This is my art. :) Enjoy!