Jim cultivated a passion for live music that grew to obsession by the time he attended his first concert. At 10, Cream’s Wheels of Fire shaped his waking ethos and to this day, the Allman Brothers Live at The Fillmore East remains in heavy rotation. Flash forward to decades spent in clubs, studios, theaters, bars, arenas, living rooms and just about any venue where music is created, and his camera is always within reach. Jim shoots every show with a fan’s emotion; attempting to translate the stage to the page without the soundtrack.
It began somewhere in Los Angeles, detoured through Santa Cruz and pointed north touching a little history along the way in the Winterland Auditorium. Travel abroad with no particular destination or endless destinations led to photographing culture, travel and people at many, but not every, turn. In 2000, he fell in love (and fell hard), beginning a lifelong relationship with the music and musicians of New Orleans.
After shooting the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival from the other side of the rail for many years, Jim found himself with a wristband shooting for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation Archive in 2008. He has been jury chosen to shoot Jazzfest every year since, including the assignment of covering such acts as James Taylor, the Dave Matthews Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Robert Plant, and the Allman Brothers Band.
Jim provides images of New Orleans musicians in promotional and live settings for management, labels and artists and is currently the house photographer for The Mint nightclub in Los Angeles. From his home base, he continues to shoot New Orleans artists on tour as well as a diverse range of other performers and subjects. Jim’s images are found in music blogs, press releases, posters, and artist/event web sites and social media pages, and his words often accompany his images as a regular contributor to Live Music Blog and Mezzic. Jim’s images can also be seen in the book “Pieces of Me”, published by Threadhead Records, Paul Sanchez’s personal account of life in New Orleans after Katrina and his ongoing journey as a musician and artist and were featured by USA Today in the April 26, 2011 piece, “New Orleans is back and so is the talent“.
Whether his images land on a wall, pass a moment online or appear in Rolling Stone, if you hear it, feel the crowd, wished you were at the show, then it is all worth it. Come to think of it, it’s worth it no matter what. That’s the point.