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Cole's Favorite Pictures of 2014

2014 was a big for me professionally and personally. I went from running a production company & being a tour documentarian for Zac Brown Band to running my own business as a freelance digital filmmaker. Conversely, my work grew exponentially with a slight change in theory: I went from trying to sneak pictures of people in their environments to engaging with them. Following in one of my favorite artists footsteps, Andy Sapp, as a street photographer, I stepped out from behind the lens and met the people I was photographing.

Me and Andy (in reflection) celebrate the release of The Grohl Sessions, Vol.1 DVD, in Lincoln, Nebraska

Me and Andy (in reflection) celebrate the release of The Grohl Sessions, Vol.1 DVD, in Lincoln, Nebraska

While there might be a few pictures from the tour days interspersed, leaving has given me an opportunity to develop my own style. And while it's not easy to break into the freelance world individually as a cinematographer & director, I guarantee you this: Even if I don't, I'll die trying.

Hope you enjoy my favorite stills from 2014.


Taken way back on New Year's Day 2014, Christopher Phillips, head rigger for ZBB, and I walk the rafters of Joe Louis Arena before the show.

Taken way back on New Year's Day 2014, Christopher Phillips, head rigger for ZBB, and I walk the rafters of Joe Louis Arena before the show.

I got the opportunity to shoot the Foo Fighters @ the Bud Light Super Bowl Pre-Party in NYC. After seeing this show, it was obvious I had just shot the best rock band in America today. Here's my proof.

I got the opportunity to shoot the Foo Fighters @ the Bud Light Super Bowl Pre-Party in NYC. After seeing this show, it was obvious I had just shot the best rock band in America today. Here's my proof.

The Zac Brown Band is not one to be outdone either. Leaving the tour was a very hard decision, especially knowing these guys will go down as one of the greatest bands of our generation. Like Zac says at the end of shows, hopefully I'll see them down the road.

The Zac Brown Band is not one to be outdone either. Leaving the tour was a very hard decision, especially knowing these guys will go down as one of the greatest bands of our generation. Like Zac says at the end of shows, hopefully I'll see them down the road.

In August, I went to a sleepy fishing village in Florida to write my first short, which would ultimately become  Point of View . I'm not one to take a sunset shot, but reflections in the water, beautiful clouds, and fishermen's wake returning home make this one worthy of sharing.

In August, I went to a sleepy fishing village in Florida to write my first short, which would ultimately become Point of View. I'm not one to take a sunset shot, but reflections in the water, beautiful clouds, and fishermen's wake returning home make this one worthy of sharing.

I passed this woman on Hwy 19, just outside of Clearwater, FL, then made a U-turn to grab the shot. She was honored and so was I. Everything about this shot, her smile, the leading lines, typography, colorful umbrella, and friend framed perfectly in the clouds put this one on the short list.

I passed this woman on Hwy 19, just outside of Clearwater, FL, then made a U-turn to grab the shot. She was honored and so was I. Everything about this shot, her smile, the leading lines, typography, colorful umbrella, and friend framed perfectly in the clouds put this one on the short list.

One of my favorite parts of being a tour documentarian is taking pictures of the setup. Here's a rare B&W shot from the second show of The Great American Roadtrip in Tampa, FL.

One of my favorite parts of being a tour documentarian is taking pictures of the setup. Here's a rare B&W shot from the second show of The Great American Roadtrip in Tampa, FL.

The Summer Camp Music Festival is one of my favorite festivals I've ever been to, and I've been to quite a few. While we don't usually get the opportunity to stay the night, I always make it a point to walk around and get an idea of the atmosphere at each one. In this picture, I love the creeper in the background looking on.  Check out the whole set  here.

The Summer Camp Music Festival is one of my favorite festivals I've ever been to, and I've been to quite a few. While we don't usually get the opportunity to stay the night, I always make it a point to walk around and get an idea of the atmosphere at each one. In this picture, I love the creeper in the background looking on.

Check out the whole set here.

What would ultimately be my last show with Zac Brown Band @ West Palm Beach, I found this quintessential roadie backstage running the ship. "I'm not Jerry Garcia, why would you want to take a picture of me?" I answered with my usual line "You seem like a cool dude, and I take pictures of cool people."  Click.

What would ultimately be my last show with Zac Brown Band @ West Palm Beach, I found this quintessential roadie backstage running the ship. "I'm not Jerry Garcia, why would you want to take a picture of me?" I answered with my usual line "You seem like a cool dude, and I take pictures of cool people."

Click.

While scouting locations in NYC, I tend to roll the window and grab every shot I can. Here, while stopped at a light, I snapped my favorite candid city shot I've ever taken. I love the symmetry here, two people interacting while the others are in their own worlds, the grates in the foreground and background, and of course, a pregnant lady walking unnoticed.

While scouting locations in NYC, I tend to roll the window and grab every shot I can. Here, while stopped at a light, I snapped my favorite candid city shot I've ever taken. I love the symmetry here, two people interacting while the others are in their own worlds, the grates in the foreground and background, and of course, a pregnant lady walking unnoticed.

While waiting for the van to arrive after shooting for the day in Central Park, I noticed these two guys playing music and couldn't help but as for a picture. They obliged, in epic fashion. I love the buildings reflecting in the sunglasses and the other countering by looking down.  Can you tell they were there for fashion week?

While waiting for the van to arrive after shooting for the day in Central Park, I noticed these two guys playing music and couldn't help but as for a picture. They obliged, in epic fashion. I love the buildings reflecting in the sunglasses and the other countering by looking down.

Can you tell they were there for fashion week?

Enjoying a day off in Santa Monica, I rented a bike, grabbed the Fuji x100s, and made my way towards Venice Beach. It's always intriguing when you go somewhere for the first time and it feels like home.  Venice Beach Boardwalk, I'll be back home one day....

Enjoying a day off in Santa Monica, I rented a bike, grabbed the Fuji x100s, and made my way towards Venice Beach. It's always intriguing when you go somewhere for the first time and it feels like home.

Venice Beach Boardwalk, I'll be back home one day....

Somewhere in Santa Monica, I passed this man, looking at the passerby's from his truck. I stopped and asked for a shot, he said, "Usually people try to sneak around and grab a picture and I don't know why they don't come up and talk to me." I had the shot before he finished his sentence.

Somewhere in Santa Monica, I passed this man, looking at the passerby's from his truck. I stopped and asked for a shot, he said, "Usually people try to sneak around and grab a picture and I don't know why they don't come up and talk to me." I had the shot before he finished his sentence.

I saw this gentlemen down an alley walking back from a shoot on Toronto Island. I walked up, dropped to a knee, framed up a shot, and asked for a picture. He said "I don't think you want to do that." Click.  Too late, Chef.

I saw this gentlemen down an alley walking back from a shoot on Toronto Island. I walked up, dropped to a knee, framed up a shot, and asked for a picture. He said "I don't think you want to do that." Click.

Too late, Chef.

Bourbon Street is a cruel place. Here, the Goldman glitters for his tips. After talking to him for a minute, I got a shot that showed who he is instead of the character.

Bourbon Street is a cruel place. Here, the Goldman glitters for his tips. After talking to him for a minute, I got a shot that showed who he is instead of the character.

I don't get the opportunity to shoot sports as often as I'd like. Especially ones where you get to turn up the shutter speed and hang out on the beach.

I don't get the opportunity to shoot sports as often as I'd like. Especially ones where you get to turn up the shutter speed and hang out on the beach.

As a cinematographer, I tend to always shoot horizontally.  Part habit and part rebellion against vertical iphone videos, this shot of a man on the streets of Las Vegas is a perfect example of  getting to know someone. When I first started to take his picture, he gave me a big pose and cheesy smile. I said "Actually, I'd rather just have the picture be of you." He was taken aback and after a few moments, I got this shot.

As a cinematographer, I tend to always shoot horizontally.  Part habit and part rebellion against vertical iphone videos, this shot of a man on the streets of Las Vegas is a perfect example of  getting to know someone. When I first started to take his picture, he gave me a big pose and cheesy smile. I said "Actually, I'd rather just have the picture be of you." He was taken aback and after a few moments, I got this shot.


Buttonland man, one who's worth sneaking in.

Buttonland man, one who's worth sneaking in.

Thanks for viewing. Personally, I can't wait to see what 2015 brings into the picture.

-cole

IG: colecassell    cole@colecassell.com

The Roadie is Alive and Well

Infrared Shot @ Bethel Woods, NY

Infrared Shot @ Bethel Woods, NY

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.

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, Chris 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, Chris Phillips walks among the shadows on New Year's Day 2014 @ Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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. 

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!  

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.

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.

Follow Your Arrow  Kacey Musgraves Band Member and Video Director, Steve Ossler, have a conversation.

Follow Your Arrow

Kacey Musgraves Band Member and Video Director, Steve Ossler, have a conversation.

"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.

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.

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. 

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.

 

Behind The Monster  I never thought I'd be there, much less inside of it, but here on the previously mentioned trip to Fenway Park, Jake Peavy posts up and talks about his new team (he was traded to the Red Sox a week earlier).

Behind The Monster

I never thought I'd be there, much less inside of it, but here on the previously mentioned trip to Fenway Park, Jake Peavy posts up and talks about his new team (he was traded to the Red Sox a week earlier).

A VERY Crew Christmas Card  This crew Christmas card is reluctantly brought you by Arby’s.

A VERY Crew Christmas Card

This crew Christmas card is reluctantly brought you by Arby’s.

On Your Mark  Caught baring some thigh, Eric Pretto smiles for the camera.

On Your Mark

Caught baring some thigh, Eric Pretto smiles for the camera.

Home Is Where The Crew Is  When photographing large groups, I always try and make it short and sweet (and usually on top of a ladder). After I get the standard shot and have what I need, I always yell, "Ok, one more, but this time, go crazy!!"  It worked this time.

Home Is Where The Crew Is

When photographing large groups, I always try and make it short and sweet (and usually on top of a ladder). After I get the standard shot and have what I need, I always yell, "Ok, one more, but this time, go crazy!!"

It worked this time.

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.  Whatever it is, can we NOT call it a selfie?

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.

Whatever it is, can we NOT call it a selfie?

Matt embraces Andy backstage in preparation of a nights work.

Matt embraces Andy backstage in preparation of a nights work.

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. :)

 

Cole Cassell

@colecassell

Summer Camp Music Festival 2014


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Luckily, being on tour provides a photographer with many opportunities to shoot outside of live music. Whether walking downtown, sightseeing on the occasional day off, my favorite perk of the job is finding these events around the venue. I've found a comic-con in London, the drunks of Ireland, and now perhaps my favorite series, People of Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL.  Hope you enjoy.


 
Summer Camp Snack time    Meandering thru the trails lined by campsites, I walked past these two, stopped, stepped back and took a shot point blank. "Classic," I said before continuing on.    Gotcha.

Summer Camp Snack time

Meandering thru the trails lined by campsites, I walked past these two, stopped, stepped back and took a shot point blank. "Classic," I said before continuing on.

Gotcha.


Good Signs    I stood behind this cart for 10 seconds before it dusted me away. They never saw me.    @beach_jesus, that's a good sign.

Good Signs

I stood behind this cart for 10 seconds before it dusted me away. They never saw me.

@beach_jesus, that's a good sign.


It's a small world    I love how this shot captured her perfectly in her own little orange world.

It's a small world

I love how this shot captured her perfectly in her own little orange world.


The Temporary Tatooist    Afterwards I thought about stopping and asking this guy to poke his head out the window so I could take another picture, but I figured the first shot, with ass and all, could not be outdone.    For me, the framing is classic voyeurist.. Only a tramp stamp would have made this better.

The Temporary Tatooist

Afterwards I thought about stopping and asking this guy to poke his head out the window so I could take another picture, but I figured the first shot, with ass and all, could not be outdone.

For me, the framing is classic voyeurist.. Only a tramp stamp would have made this better.


Free Show    This has to be my favorite picture of the entire festival. Walking from the entrance, I noticed a man singing from the top of his lungs. I plopped down immediately, like a catcher anticipating a pitch, and snapped off a couple stills.     I love the triangles, humility, and joy of this picture. Not to mention a perfectly framed on-looker that takes the picture to the next level, IMHO.

Free Show

This has to be my favorite picture of the entire festival. Walking from the entrance, I noticed a man singing from the top of his lungs. I plopped down immediately, like a catcher anticipating a pitch, and snapped off a couple stills. 

I love the triangles, humility, and joy of this picture. Not to mention a perfectly framed on-looker that takes the picture to the next level, IMHO.


Baby's First Third Eye    Sometimes things are worth documenting, but not explaining. This is one of those instances.

Baby's First Third Eye

Sometimes things are worth documenting, but not explaining. This is one of those instances.


Pins are In

Walking around the festival, there were a lot of people trading pins. I couldn't help but ask this gentlemen and his mustache for a picture. 


Open for Business    Of all the attractions at Summer Camp, this was not one of them. Hopefully this blog is good for the business.     

Open for Business

Of all the attractions at Summer Camp, this was not one of them. Hopefully this blog is good for the business. 

 


Man's Best Friend    Another   voyeuristic on-the-fly shot, I love this one because I was trying for the watchdog and ended up with a bonus booty to boot.  Love how the dude's foot is positioned too. Claim your territory!

Man's Best Friend

Another voyeuristic on-the-fly shot, I love this one because I was trying for the watchdog and ended up with a bonus booty to boot.  Love how the dude's foot is positioned too. Claim your territory!


Not your normal street corner    This man needed to be photographed. 

Not your normal street corner

This man needed to be photographed. 


The Dad-Sitter    I saw this happen from 30 yards away, then realized I had an opportunity to get closer. I finally got within ten yards before dropping to a knee and grabbing the shot. 10 seconds later, I walked away without them ever looking my direction.     Bonus points for bouncy-chamber framing, a mustached kid getting ready to throw a water balloon, and an unlit cigarette in mouth.    

The Dad-Sitter

I saw this happen from 30 yards away, then realized I had an opportunity to get closer. I finally got within ten yards before dropping to a knee and grabbing the shot. 10 seconds later, I walked away without them ever looking my direction. 

Bonus points for bouncy-chamber framing, a mustached kid getting ready to throw a water balloon, and an unlit cigarette in mouth.

 


Even though my Summer Camp Festival experience was limited to Sunday afternoon before our set, I have to say, the place left an impression on me. Touring across the country tends to make you numb to the events you work, but every so often, I find a spot that reminds me why I love photography so much; the people in the pictures.

Thanks for watching with me. 

Cole Cassell

@colecassell