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Sunset Cliffs at Sunset, 7/19/14

Sunset Cliffs at Sunset 71914 © Michael Klayman 2014- 02

While waiting for the only 10 second window of pretty light that evening, I had plenty of time to try some experiments in contrast.

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I almost deleted this shot before I played up the warm vs. cool.

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Ben Wanicur Trio at Cusp, 6/27/14

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Ben Wanicur brought a trio to the top of the Hotel La Jolla- a new restaurant called Cusp.

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This was my first time meeting pianist Jason Shattil, who moved here from Philadelphia last year.

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The always impeccably groomed Duncan Moore on drums.

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Big Bad Buffalo at Che Cafe, 5/23/14


Big Bad Buffalo likes it weird.

This was the day that UCSD voted that the Che Cafe wasn’t worth keeping around. I hope that they can find a way work it out, because a music scene needs an incubator. There has to a place for teens to play shows and meet other young musicians in a safe, alcohol-free environment. Playing in bands teaches focus, goal-setting, working with others, commitment, integrity. Without a place to help nurture creativity, people will find other interests and our music will suffer.

These guys are so much better than my old high school band.

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Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Tactical Ffever at Ken Club, 5/1/14

It’s been too long since I shot a show.

Tactical Ffever at Ken Club 50114 © Michael Klayman 2014- 02

The Ken Club is really dim, so it was a good test to see if I still remember how to do this

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Tactical Ffever is growing on me.

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I’ve seen Justin Cota’s other band a couple times, but Deep Sea Thunder Beast is heavier, sludgier, and darker.

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Sunset Cliffs at Sunset, 3/31/14

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This is my first sunset post in a year. I’ve spent some time thinking about how I wanted to talk about the time between my last sunset shot and this one. At first I thought I wouldn’t mention anything about the fact that my photographic output dropped from 7 posts per month to 7 per year. But this blog is about my photographic journey, and some journeys have roadblocks that take a long time to get over and that belongs in here too..

2013 was rough and it challenged me in many ways. The job I had been doing for the previous year was making me almost no money, but left me a lot of time to get out and shoot winter sunsets, so I could leave the house at 3pm to shoot a 4:30 sunset. Winter is my favorite sunset season, when we get storms that make the sky interesting. It was a perfect opportunity to go to OB, drink some tea, take some photos, and generally distract myself from the fact that I was not in the right job situation. The lack of disposable income meant that I couldn’t spend money shooting bands for free anymore. After the cover charges and gas and drinks and inevitable late-night burritos, it got too expensive for someone who was dipping into his savings just to pay for the essential bills. I did get a new job in May of last year which has been great, but paying off the debts from last year is more important to me than keeping up with the music scene, and I’m still not done getting back to where I need to be.

I’d been having occasional arthritis problems for a few years, but things got to the point that I had trouble walking without pain for the second half of 2013. I have been living better through chemistry since then but had to cut out a lot of things that were bad for me, like the drinks and late-night burritos. Good riddance to those; makes more room for tea anyway.

The pain did affect my outlook, unfortunately. It didn’t help that I released some music for the first time in years
that no one was interested in. It really didn’t help that every week I
was finding more of my music photos being used in questionable places. And then I lost all the high resolution versions of my last 2 years worth of photos. One negative thing after another.

A bitterness that I hadn’t felt in a long time started creeping back. Those old voices of doubt that I thought I’d chased away were whispering in my ear again- telling me that I wasn’t being original anymore and no one was interested in what I was doing. I had to think again about why I was shooting, who I was really doing it for, and what I was trying to accomplish. I thought I knew the answer before, but now I’m not so sure. These shots are an attempt to figure that out. 

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Deerhoof at Irenic, 11/3/13

Deerhoof from 4 feet away was worth coming out on a school night for.

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Greg Saunier’s drumming is the thing that makes this band so interesting.

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Minimum amount of drums, maximum creativity.

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Jeff Parker Trio at Space 4 Art, 5/14/13

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Jeff Parker came to Space 4 Art with another interesting trio, this one with great records out!

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No matter who I hear him play with, he always sounds like himself, and I like that.

Jeff Parker Trio at Space 4 Art 51413 © Michael Klayman-005

When the bass player sets his music stand so high, I have to find a different way to shoot him.

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Jeff Parker Trio at Space 4 Art 51413 © Michael Klayman-009

Thanks to Bonnie Wright for putting this music series on. This day was dubbed “Bonnie Wright Day” by the mayor, and Bonnie found out just before downbeat.

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Minot House Party, 5/11/13

Minot at House Party 51113 © Michael Klayman-003

Minot knows how to play a house show.

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It was like seeing Polvo for the first time. Dense and electrifying.

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I’ve been a fan of the drummer’s music photography for a few years. Shannon Corr is kind of like the “me of Oakland” when it comes to shooting rock shows. This was the first time we’ve met in person.

Minot at House Party 51113 © Michael Klayman-009

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It was too hot inside to shoot the other bands, but it was a really fun
afternoon that gave me back some things I’ve missed during my musical
exile.

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