pretty lights & pretty music – The Anatomy of Frank

I’ve gotten to know The Anatomy of Frank quite well. Chris has been a member since 2010 and they’ve become a part of the family. They rehearse in our apartment and I’ll occasionally bring them food from the restaurant (twenty-something year old guys will never say no to free food, I’ve found). Boys will be boys — they’ll make silly jokes and I’ll roll my eyes, but underneath it all they’re a good bunch to be around. I’m continuously impressed with their dedication to their craft and how their passion comes out in their music. The level of talent is incredibly high — these guys are going somewhere, for sure. Take a listen to their music, I promise you’ll be just as impressed.

There’s going to be a change in their line-up, which you can read about in this incredibly heartfelt post. It was a pleasure having a chance to photograph them this weekend at their show. They had a simple but effective set up of glow-sticks and lights which only added to their distinctive performance. Here are my favorites.

Day 98

Yesterday Chris’ band performed at the Charlottesville Pavilion! (Now known as the nTelos Wireless Pavilion – wtf?) I really like this shot simply because it’s always difficult for me to capture him playing (either he’s in the back and blocked by other people or he’s moving too fast) so I’m glad I got a couple of shots. I would have liked the quality to be a bit better but I’m working on it. Also, big news: new laptop coming in as soon as I get my tax refund – whoohoo!

Day 94

Yesterday we ventured into Richmond for some music and food. We met with some friend on Cary Street, which is quickly becoming my favorite part of Richmond, at The Watergrill. The food was delicious – I got the Simply Grilled Lobster Tail with asparagus and broccolini but I could have used a larger portion of meat and/or veggies. I left the restaurant a bit hungry. Good food, small portions. Afterwards, we headed to the National for an Explosions in the Sky concert which was great, aside from getting kicked by a bunch of hippies who were being obnoxious.

Day 92

This picture was technically taken after midnight on April 3rd, not April 2nd, but I’m counting it anyway. I’m also posting this picture untouched for various reasons but mainly because of the light speck seen at the throat of my subject. I’m curious as to what you all think it is because I certainly don’t know. Dirty lens? Weird light reflection? Spirits floating around? This is my friend Kyle, who’s the lead singer of The Anatomy of Frank (I’m starting to think I’m their personal groupie or something..). This was taken at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA.

Day 78

I usually have a couple of photo project ideas running around in my head, some of them fizzle out and fewer of them are in-process.  But there is one that I actually want to pursue: photographing street musicians. Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall (where I work and venture nearly everyday) always has at least a handful of musicians playing at any one given time. Now that the weather is getting warmer and the atmosphere is getting friendlier, I’m going to start this project.

Day 77

Chris’ band had a show on Friday, which I half-attempted to photograph. It didn’t really work – even with the highest ISO I couldn’t get a decent shot. Regardless, they did a great job!

Day 73

Feeling a bit under the weather today, probably the beginnings of a cold. Also, it’s possibly a side-effect from a not-so-healthy weekend. I’m pretty sure the only productive things I did today were bake grain-free, gluten-free brownies and cook a killer beef arm-bone crock-pot meal.

Chris’ band, The Anatomy of Frank, recorded a radio interview with Brad Savage from 106.1 The Corner to promote their music in anticipation of a show on Friday night at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. For those in Charlottesville, come check them out!