The band that was destined to Make Them Believe
Music has always been a big part of my life, and my project is to show the ins and outs of what it is like being a music photographer in the competitive industry, as well as what it’s like to be the musician in a local scene trying to make it big. I’ve brought you their lives in and out of a normal musician’s life, including their performances, their promotion, their personal lives and their quirks.
I started photographing musicians in January 2017, starting at a small acoustic show in downtown Columbus, Ohio. I started to photograph the same band for the next few months and started meeting other bands. A few months after I started, I was offered a position working for a local publication and getting even more exposure in the industry, while also meeting other photographers and journalists in other publications. In my three years working for this publication, I wasn’t able to get personal with the bands I’ve met. This changed when my boss wanted to start coverage of a band named Atimera, a post-hardcore band based in Columbus, Ohio. I saw this band for the first time while taking my friend to see another show for his birthday. Atimera happened to be one of the opening bands. Two months later I was assigned to photograph one of their shows at The Basement. Unfortunately there was confusion with the people running the show and I was not allowed in with my camera. Mike Colletti — guitarist for Atimera — made sure I was able to get into their next show a month later. I was able to talk with both Mike and their other guitarist Justin Davis at the show and that’s when we decided to collaborate for this project. We’ve been working together for the past four months and I’ve never been as close and personal with a band like I have with Atimera.
Take a listen to Atimera's song April while you scroll!