It takes a lot to drag me down to OC on a Friday during rush hour. Getting to shoot Rancid is one of those things. Any time you get to shoot your friends doing their thing is awesome.
There are few things I love more than rock photography. I think it has to be one of the most demanding types of photography you can do. There are so many variables from lighting to fast moving subjects, all the other photographers jammed into the photo pit, security guards, crowd surfers, flying drinks landing on your head and soaking your camera. The list goes on.
I think it is extremely difficult to go out and consistently get good images and the ones who do it have my respect. I love showing up to a show and heading down to the photo pit to be surprised at who I will see. This night one of my favorites was in there, Lisa Johnson, one of the great ones for sure. Sick of it all played before rancid so I shot from the photo pit. It was crowded, I was late and had to wait for the right angles. I only brought my canon 16-35 lens so I really had to fight to get good shooting spots. Luckily for me I was able to shoot the whole set instead of just the first 3 so when all the other photographers left I had it all to myself. There is no better place to watch a show than inside the barricade. Sick of it all destroyed this audience, they put on such a good show and brought so much energy that I wondered how rancid would follow up.
Well, they didn’t disappoint. When rancid came on of course I was late getting down to the pit again so I decided to shoot the first 3 from the stage. It helps to have friends and good working relationships. I haven’t shot Branden for years, since he was in The Used, so I was really excited to get some shots of him.
He is such a rad drummer and has the best faces while he does it. I love when bands like this have all their friends up on stage with them while they play and rancid had a lot of people on stage. I got a few great shots of Lars then I headed down to the photo pit. Such a good show, classic rancid. They even did an encore. Tim gave me a couple good looks at the camera but I think my favorite shot was a moment when Tim Lars and Matt were all at the same mic with the biggest smiles on their faces. It looked like they were really having fun. I know I was.
Written and photographed by Strati Hovartos