Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know that matters most, yes?
Thanks to my good friends (and little brother who runs the joint) at NYC’s most eclectic multimedia concert venue, Le Poisson Rouge, (who co-produced the show) I was granted an all-access pass to photograph Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo this past week at the historic Miami Beach Bandshell.
Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson, known professionally as Tove Lo, has been called “Sweden’s darkest pop export” by Rolling Stone but on this night in May, she was a beacon of light to the rabid sold-out crowd at the Bandshell. I’ll admit, I wasn’t all that familiar with her music but it gave me a chance to familiarize myself further with my new Sony a7RV and my Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens which doesn’t get out to play as much as it would like to thanks to my far more utilized (and travel-friendly) Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens.
In the end, it was a dynamic performance and when I got home to start editing the several hundred photographs I had taken that evening, I gave a listen to her albums (her debut album “Queen of the Clouds” really winning me over), and guess what? She’s got a new fanboy.
Opening the show was the pride of Kirkwood, Missouri, pop singer and songwriter Catherine Grace Garner, better known as Slayyyter. She got the evening started in grand fashion. The rest was left to my Sony a7RV, the aforementioned Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8, the Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4, Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 and Tamron 17-28 f/2.8 lenses. Enjoy the photographs…