So, I did something super insane. I signed up for a two day workshop. All day. 10-7 both days. AND I had Manchester Orchestra to shoot Saturday night for Aesthetic with a deadline of Sunday at noon. After already shooting 3 other shows that week. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?! It took three days to recuperate from that level of exhaustion...and insanity.
This was my first time at the Hollywood Palladium. First times at venues are a little stressful because, even though a lot of things are similar, every venue requires something different. I stood in line with everyone else to show proof of vaccination and then go through the metal detectors. Once I got to the front of the line, the security guard asked me to open my bag. She saw my camera and asked to see my pass. That was surprising. I was confused by her request. It took me a second to realize that she might not know the protocol. I politely informed her that I do not yet have my pass because it is at the Will Call booth that is accessible only after you go through the metal detectors. She started to argue, but then held her thoughts back and simply asked one of the other guards to call over their supervisor. I suspect that she was exhausted, and forgot the protocol for a second, even though I had watched her go through this with another guy only a few people ahead of me. Her supervisor came over and escorted me to Will Call. She stayed by my side and was ready to escort me out if my name was not on the list. It was. I thanked her and she left.
I waited outside the venue for the press escort. I explained to her that I had never shot at the venue before and she was more than happy to answer all of my questions. She was very kind and patient. After I shot the first three songs for each band, I had to check my camera bag in. I was not allowed to carry the bag in the venue. That's okay. They had a snack stand to keep my mind occupied. No hot dogs, for whatever reason, but I enjoyed a hot pretzel.
The show was incredible. If you ever have the opportunity to see them perform...do it.
My Aesthetic Magazine photo gallery here.