Backyard Weekender


Another amazing weekend of shooting has wrapped up, and I couldn't be happier with the shots I got from the second day of the Phillips Backyard Weekender. 

Unfortunately now I'm under the weather. Yesterday was the first time I've had any downtime in a while, and I got hit full force. I've been losing my voice for almost two weeks now and it's almost officially gone. I have a pretty terrible immune system at the best of times and add exhaustion to it things get out of hand. There is a mixture of other things that are happening to me that I won't go into detail about. 

My friends seem to think I'm crazy for how much I love shooting hip hop, but what they don't seem to realize is how energetic the artists are. It's seriously hard to not get some amazing shots when Buck 65 is dancing around like a cross between Ian Curtis and Gord Downie.

Seeing Buck 65 is perform is always a treat. He's amazing at what he does, but he's also an great story teller and writer. Most people don't know that. I always funny talking to someone middle-aged and they mention they like Buck 65 from his radio show on the CBC.

While the banter between songs was short if there was even any, Buck 65 commanded the crowd and kept their attention for the entire set. Something I can only assume is hard for one person to do. After he finished his set Buck jumped over the barrier and into the crowd to take pictures with his fans and sign autographs. I took this picture of Buck and my friend, Brianna. He also signed one of my instax photos I took of him which is amazing. 

De La Soul are legends in the hip hop world. They've been around for over 25 years and show no signs of stoping. A few years ago I had the opportunity to shoot them for the Rifflandia Music Festival and I still think they are the best photos I took that year. It's hard to screw up shooting De La Soul. They are very charismatic guys and put everything they've got into the show. 

At one point during the second song Dave told all the photographers to put our cameras down and to put our hands in the air. While a collective sigh escaped the mouths of the photographers around me I already had my hands in the air. We often get left out of these things and it's awesome to be part of a crowd for a change. 

Seeing Maseo, Dave, and Pos burst out laughing a few times during their set was really cool. It means they are still having fun doing their thing and not taking it too serious. I can't wait for the next time they are in town. 

More of my photos can be found on The Zone's Facebook and my Flickr.