Cole's Best Roadie Pictures

Infrared shot @ Bethel Woods, NY 2013

Infrared shot @ Bethel Woods, NY 2013

They say you don't know someone until you work with them. Let's go ahead and take it a step further and add eat, sleep, and live, because on the road you get to know your fellow co-workers more than in most professions. While sometimes tempers flare, the commoradie on a crew can only be compared to a professional sports team, and being on the road for 80+ shows a year, it's amazing that I can still stand these guys, much less love them like family.

What Floor? Mike Shields, part of Team Rigging, works like a maniac, yet the chillest guy I've ever met off the stage. I was walking around one afternoon and happened to see these beautiful parallel lines staring right back at me. Going Up!  

What Floor?

Mike Shields, part of Team Rigging, works like a maniac, yet the chillest guy I've ever met off the stage. I was walking around one afternoon and happened to see these beautiful parallel lines staring right back at me. Going Up!  

What helps make a badass picture? Well, a couple of things; a great location (Bethel Woods/ Woodstock), a badass subject (Chef Josh Butler), center-point perspective, and SUNGLASSES.

What helps make a badass picture? Well, a couple of things; a great location (Bethel Woods/ Woodstock), a badass subject (Chef Josh Butler), center-point perspective, and SUNGLASSES.

The Glamour of the Catwalk Climber or not, a Rigger's job is not for the faint of heart. The first ones to work and the last ones to finish, the project begins and ends with them everyday. Here, Cee Phillips walks among the shadows on New Year's Day 2014 @ Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  

The Glamour of the Catwalk

Climber or not, a Rigger's job is not for the faint of heart. The first ones to work and the last ones to finish, the project begins and ends with them everyday. Here, Cee Phillips walks among the shadows on New Year's Day 2014 @ Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

 

"Jerry Garcia Is Dead" Steve is a local stagehand @ West Palm Beach's Amphitheater. He started in the circus as a roadie and made his way to WPB and has since worked every show in the building. When I first approached him to ask to take a picture (which he never really did, thus the 'eye'), he said, "Jerry Garcia is dead, why would you want my picture!!" "Cause you're a cool dude, and I take pictures of cool dudes" (Click)

"Jerry Garcia Is Dead"

Steve is a local stagehand @ West Palm Beach's Amphitheater. He started in the circus as a roadie and made his way to WPB and has since worked every show in the building. When I first approached him to ask to take a picture (which he never really did, thus the 'eye'), he said, "Jerry Garcia is dead, why would you want my picture!!"

"Cause you're a cool dude, and I take pictures of cool dudes"

(Click)

What's Up I've learned working tours and taking pictures of the setup that no matter what, when people look up at something, they look slightly confused. It's the great equalizer of scale. The binoculars and symmetry seen here make the shot special, despite the look to the sky, INHO. 

What's Up

I've learned working tours and taking pictures of the setup that no matter what, when people look up at something, they look slightly confused. It's the great equalizer of scale.

The binoculars and symmetry seen here make the shot special, despite the look to the sky, INHO. 

Don't Eat The Brown Acid, Unless It's Cooked By A Chef Ok, Ok, so jumping pictures are nothing new. But let's be honest, nothing helps shows how epic a moment is than everyone jumping in unison. Plus, come on, those clouds are badass.  Oh yeah, did I mention this jump was @ the original site of Woodstock in Bethel Woods, NYC? Points for context. Shutter Speed @1/400 *Disclaimer-Don't eat acid and blame it on me, dude. 

Don't Eat The Brown Acid, Unless It's Cooked By A Chef

Ok, Ok, so jumping pictures are nothing new. But let's be honest, nothing helps shows how epic a moment is than everyone jumping in unison. Plus, come on, those clouds are badass. 

Oh yeah, did I mention this jump was @ the original site of Woodstock in Bethel Woods, NYC? Points for context.

Shutter Speed @1/400

*Disclaimer-Don't eat acid and blame it on me, dude. 

The Show Behind The Show This picture is the inspiration for this series of pictures.  I posted it one day with the caption "Sometimes the best pictures of the show have nothing to do with it." Maybe it's because I know the people so well or maybe it's just a completely genuine moment. Probably a little bit of both, but it could just be the beards.  

The Show Behind The Show

This picture is the inspiration for this series of pictures.  I posted it one day with the caption "Sometimes the best pictures of the show have nothing to do with it." Maybe it's because I know the people so well or maybe it's just a completely genuine moment.

Probably a little bit of both, but it could just be the beards.

 

Security, please. Some venues have characters. Here in Florida, this particular guard was more than friendly with the crew and band members; no one got away without talking with this guy for 10 minutes. Here, he's literally holding Joel against his will. Laugh it off Joel, the show's about to start.

Security, please.

Some venues have characters. Here in Florida, this particular guard was more than friendly with the crew and band members; no one got away without talking with this guy for 10 minutes. Here, he's literally holding Joel against his will. Laugh it off Joel, the show's about to start.

No passes required When I first saw this 5' security guard to start the day, I knew I had to get a shot in by the end of the day.  I love the head turn and look of "I wonder if I was supposed to stop that person." 

No passes required

When I first saw this 5' security guard to start the day, I knew I had to get a shot in by the end of the day.  I love the head turn and look of "I wonder if I was supposed to stop that person." 

Fenway Park is for (Baseball ) Lovers I lucked out on this trip to Fenway Park with Jake Peavy as our Tour Guide. Here, after meeting the team (who were all so extremely gracious and down-to-earth) we got to visit inside the Green Monster. My inner 11-year-old-self was hyper-ventilating. It was especially fun watching them win the championship later that year, since they got waxed by the Yankees that day.

Fenway Park is for (Baseball ) Lovers

I lucked out on this trip to Fenway Park with Jake Peavy as our Tour Guide. Here, after meeting the team (who were all so extremely gracious and down-to-earth) we got to visit inside the Green Monster. My inner 11-year-old-self was hyper-ventilating.

It was especially fun watching them win the championship later that year, since they got waxed by the Yankees that day.

Crew Christmas Cards This crew x-mss card is NOT brought you by Arby's.  

Crew Christmas Cards

This crew x-mss card is NOT brought you by Arby's.

 

"Find the Roadie" Nothing screams American on Tour than a hairy man with an Irish Pub Boxing shirt on a beach more than Josh Bennett. Did I mention we were listening to Hendrix as loud as we could over the hairless EDM'ers.  Sydney, AU (Manly Beach here) is my favorite city in the world, if you're asking.    

"Find the Roadie"

Nothing screams American on Tour than a hairy man with an Irish Pub Boxing shirt on a beach more than Josh Bennett. Did I mention we were listening to Hendrix as loud as we could over the hairless EDM'ers. 

Sydney, AU (Manly Beach here) is my favorite city in the world, if you're asking.

 

 

Documenting the Documentarian Sometimes you have to snap a shot for yourself. Here, at the O2 Arena in London, I did just that during the band's vocal warmups.

Documenting the Documentarian

Sometimes you have to snap a shot for yourself. Here, at the O2 Arena in London, I did just that during the band's vocal warmups.

Up until  2 years ago, I approached photography with a very 'clean' approach. If I shot a monument, I would wait for every person to leave the frame before grabbing the 'perfect' shot. Now, after spending more time practicing as a street photographer, I've come to learn what makes a shot genuine is the people, not the monument behind them.

Sunglasses, bad security, and jumping helps too. :)

 

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