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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.

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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Looking West.

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_2SM2478It’s never fun when it feels like your best is not good enough. Aiming at that patch of sunshine and blue sky and hoping for the best. Not sure what the future holds but I’m excited at the possibilities and the multitude of options at the moment. More on that later.

I went home in July. Hung out, lit stuff on fire and got engaged. A few photos from the edge of the west.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

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August 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Photos: P!nk, The Truth About Love Tour 2014

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I enjoy shooting every venue for different reasons. Pop concerts at the Pepsi Center usually mean an over the top show full of crazy visuals, pyro and tons of production. P!nk’s Truth About Love Tour brought all of this and more. It was visually entertaining and a ton of fun to shoot. I can’t say that about every large production I’ve had the opportunity to shoot but one really can’t complain when the artist is launched out of the stage and 25 feet into the air to start the show. The full gallery can be seen HERE.

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Frog Fishing in the Dying Light

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The only good thing about forest fires are the sunsets.

As I was leaving an assignment this evening, I saw two kids fishing in a pond. The vibrant pinks, yellows and oranges made the water look like it was on fire.

As cliche as sunsets can be, I knew it would make for some cool photos.

It turned out the kids were fishing for frogs. I have never witnessed people fishing for frogs but they were really into it and even managed to hook one.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: TJ Perkins reals in his line while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: TJ Perkins, 12, left, and Diante Newbill, 13, work on removing a hook from a frogs mouth while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: TJ Perkins, 12, left, and Diante Newbill, 13, fish for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: Diante Newbill, 13, works on removing a hook from a frogs mouth while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: Diante Newbill, 13, shows off his catch while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Bring In The Clowns

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Clowns…

From the conversations I’ve had since starting this project, it seems that most people dislike them. I can’t say I’ve ever been the biggest fan but after spending the last month going to clown class, I can say the group from the Colorado Clowns are some of the nicest people I’ve met in a long time.

Despite the final product, I would have to say this was one of the more difficult things I’ve shot. The light wasn’t great. Fluorescent light is not a photographers friend. The moments were not coming together. To say it was a challenge is an understatement. I almost gave up after the first week. Week two didn’t yield many more photos. Week three we had a blizzard, class was cancelled and I spent the day at DIA making photos of stranded travelers. The pay off came this past weekend, during the last class before graduation. Both students, teachers and alumni came in full clown. For the first time it really felt like a clown class. The light was a little more effective and everything just felt like it came together.

It was a great lesson in patience and sticking with a story through the end.

Full gallery can be found here:

Colorado Clowns, Clown Class 2013 (with a bad ass edit from Meghan Lyden, who made me look really good here. Thanks!)

Thanks for looking.

-SM