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Every Time I Die at Streets of London, Denver, Colorado.

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DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

Back in early November, I quietly marked 20 years of going to shows. I’ve spent the last 20 years going to shows in basements, parking lots, coffee shops, hotels, hotel basements, VFW Halls, labor temples, dive bars, parks, park shelters, garages and a cave in Tennessee… I’ve also been to a lot of standard venues, theaters/arenas/etc. The places that make pretty generic memories. The venues you forget pretty quickly but you remember the bands.

In the six and a half years since I moved to Denver I feel that I’ve lost a connection to the things that I loved about music. I miss having a connection to the bands, to the fans. I miss getting tossed around as I try to work and the inevitable big guy who I befriend who makes sure I don’t get flattened. I miss sweating through my clothes and leaving a show exhausted but excited.

I’ve photographed hundreds of shows in Denver, in all of those venues that feel stale and lack intimacy. I always felt the need to go bigger. That there was some relevance in shooting the biggest names and the biggest venues. That who I was shooting was just as important as what I was shooting. Those big shows are always such a lie… first three/no flash. Every movement is controlled and choreographed. You can look up photos/videos of those big performances and know what to expect in the first three. It’s cheap, robotic and disposable. It lacks what makes life exciting, spontaneity and a real human connection.

In the last year, I’ve started scaling things back. Getting back to the dive bars, the basements and garages. The small clubs with their bad lighting and sticky surfaces. Where the fans rarely take out their phones. When you don’t know what’s going to happen next but you know that it’s going to be a lot of very sweaty fun and you are probably going to wake up kinda sore the next morning but with a headful of great memories.

Every Time I Die on Tuesday night at Streets of London was all of those things. It was a much-needed kick in the ass and a reminder of why I love all of this. It was sweaty and wild and two days on I’m still very sore. I’m excited to reopen this chapter of my life and get back to making photos of shows and bands that I actually care about. Thanks to Streets of London for booking these wild underplays.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

DENVER, CO – MARCH 27: Every Time I Die performs at Streets of London on March 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

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Bridal Fashion Show: Denver Fashion Week Spring 2018

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Bridal Fashion Showcase during night one of Denver Fashion Week Spring 2018 at Wings Over the Rockies in Denver, Colorado. Photos by Seth McConnell for 303 Magazine.

Denver Fashion Weekend Fall 2017

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Denver Fashion Weekend Fall 2017 at the EXDO Center in Denver, Colorado. Photographed for 303 Magazine.

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March 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Photos: Denver Anti-Trump Rally

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Anti-Trump Rally in Denver

DENVER, CO – JULY 1: Pro-Trump supporter Greg, no last name given, uses a sign to block out a protestors megaphone during an Anti-Trump rally at the corner of 14th and California in Denver, Colorado on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump made a stop in Denver on Friday. As has been the case across the country, his presence drew a large crowd of protestors both for and against the New York business man. Thanks for looking.

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July 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

In The Ruck: Back to Back

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Glendale Raptors vs San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos PRP Grand Final

GLENDALE, CO – MAY 14: Glendale Raptors vs San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos in the PRP Grand Final at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on May 14, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

A year ago (yesterday) I slammed my hand in a car door, requiring 7 stitches in my right index finger. My shooting finger. It was two days before the PRP Grand Final. I was on strict orders to rest for ten days. No shooting, no heavy lifting. I had covered the entire season, to miss the final left me feeling pretty terrible. Through a pretty heavy haze of pain killers I followed the game on Twitter. The Raptors won, bringing home their first PRP championship. When the Raptors secured their place in the final last Saturday, I knew I needed to I make sure to be extra careful this week. I wasn’t going to miss the final two years in a row. The caution was worth it. The Raptors took home their second straight PRP championship yesterday. Dominating San Francisco Golden Gate from the opening whistle. Congratulations to the Raptors and the entire organization. Thanks for looking.

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In The Ruck: April 2016

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GLENDALE, CO - APRIL 9: Glendale Raptors vs Santa Monica at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on April 9, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – APRIL 9: Glendale Raptors vs Santa Monica at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on April 9, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

 

Shooting the Raptors over the last three seasons has been a ridiculous amount of fun. I had never shot rugby prior to being asked to shoot a sevens tournament, much less having ever seen a match. Its been a learning experience but a fun one at that. With PRO Rugby starting in Denver in the last month, it will be interesting to see where the game goes here in America.

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May 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Photos: St Vincent at Denver Botanic Gardens

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St. Vincent Perform at Denver Botanic GardensThere are a few artists that I look forward to shooting. St Vincent was high on that list. Here live shows have always looked really cool and really fun to shoot. I have to say I was a little disappointed but it may have been more of the venue than the performance. It’s a cool venue to see a show but can be a very limiting as a venue to shoot a show especially with an artist like St. Vincent. Someone so loud and theatrical, having to turn down and play in the round, makes for an interesting challenge. I made a few frames that I like but will have to wait for another club tour to see the full, fun and loud show. More photos and a full review can be found here

More photos after the jump.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

 

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