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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.

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

Photos: RugbyTown 7s

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Over the last three years, I’ve been covering rugby as the official team photographer of the Glendale Raptors Rugby Club in the suburbs of Denver. Its been a rather fun and rewarding experience that has gotten me into a different mind-set and given me an opportunity to do something different and fun. Every August the club hosts the Serevi RugbyTown 7’s tournament which brings in teams from all over the country and several countries to play the speedy version of rugby.

Thanks for looking

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Coast Guard vs Navy during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Coast Guard vs Navy during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Navy v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Navy v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Army v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Army v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Raptors vs Stars Rugby during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Raptors vs Stars Rugby during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Denver vs Northeast ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Denver vs Northeast ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Utah Lions vs Atlantis for the High School Cup during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Utah Lions vs Atlantis for the High School Cup during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Army vs Air Force during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Army vs Air Force during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Mexico vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Mexico vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Air Force vs Northwest ODPduring the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Air Force vs Northwest ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Navy vs Bahamas during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Navy vs Bahamas during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

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August 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

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: In This Moment, Pop Hell Tour 2014

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“You can shoot the entire show, from the pit.” That phrase is not uttered very often at large venues, in fact it’s so rare that I often do a double take and ask for it to be repeated to make sure I heard them right. It’s exciting to hear, especially when its a fairly theatrical band and the light should awesome.

Less than two minutes into the bands set it was easy to see why they let you shoot the entire show… The light was terrible, mainly back-lit, with very faint accents of light coming from the front of the stage. I’m a big fan of using the light in whatever way it comes. Its hard when nearly every shot becomes a silhouette. It’s all a part of the challenge but it was nice to be able to have 75 minutes to work through the lights and make a few interesting frames.

The full gallery of images can be found HERE.

Thanks for looking.

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Looking Back 2013

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I was terrible at blogging in 2013. In fact it was the least I’ve blogged since I started blogging back in the late 90’s. I sat down and posted eight times last year… eight times. I don’t know how many blogs I sat down and started writing but never completed. Pathetic. As shown by this blog, which is 11 days past the end of 2013. Gross.

It’s not that I didn’t have anything to blog about either. It was a pretty cool 12 months. A very, very busy 12 months. I got to experience and document some firsts. Met some cool people, attended far to many shows (or not enough depending on who you ask) and even made it to Lollapalooza in Chicago. It was pretty amazing across the board. Yet I didn’t sit down and write about any of it. I should have and that is officially one of my goals for 2014. Blog and blog a lot. Also maybe finally complete a new website so I can officially push forward with some long-term goals this year.

I hate the phrase, “best of.” It just rubs me the wrong way. These are a few of my favorite images from the last year. (My co-shooter on the YourHub side, Anya, and I put together a small slide show of our favorite images from 2013 which you can view HERE. I will post a more in depth look at the music stuff I shot this in another post that will go up tomorrow.) Thanks for looking.Denver Comic Con

More after the jump.

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January 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm