For Los Angeles-based photographer Danielle Parsons, music concerts are where her artistic vision developed and thrives. With 15 years of experience, Danielle loves every aspect of capturing the bustling scene: artists in action, a roaring audience, and a group of concert photographers alongside her.
Over the past few months, she went to several live shows, and so we equipped her with some of our films to see them in Lomography style! Learn more about Danielle's background and check out her Lomography Color Negative 800, LomoChrome Metropolis, and LomoChrome Purple shots below.
Hi Danielle, welcome to the Lomography Magazine! Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi! My name is Danielle Parsons. I’m a freelance photographer from Philadelphia, but currently based out of Los Angeles.
May you share how you got into film photography, specifically live concert film?
When I was about 12 or so, I found my mom's old Canon AE-1 lying around. She used it for her photography classes in high school. I thought it was so cool looking and asked her about it. She got it fixed up, bought me some rolls of film to experiment with and I became obsessed. I’ve been shooting live concerts for about 15 years, and I love bringing a roll or two with me to any show. I love the gritty, old school look and feel of live music on film.
What makes the music photography community special for you?
It’s become this tight knit community of photographers supporting one another. It was never like this when I was younger, so to see everyone being so supportive of each other's work, and to be included in that is amazing. I love going into a photo pit and immediately being surrounded by my friends. Everyone looks out for each other.
Do you have any influences?
Quite a few! I would say Jac Vanek was very instrumental in me wanting to photograph music the way I do. I remember seeing her photograph bands and create album art, and immediately knowing that’s exactly what I wanted to do. Robby Redcheeks is a legendary photographer out of Philadelphia who I’ve always looked up to. He supported me from day one and I will always be thankful for that. Frank Maddocks is the mastermind behind Deftones/Linkin Park artwork and photographs, he’s inspired a lot of my own personal work. He’s created some of the most influential art in music today. Susie J. Horgan documented the DC punk scene in the 80s and 90s– she has also shot some of the most iconic album covers in punk history. BJ Papas is a legend in the New York hardcore scene. I have many more, but those are just a few.
How did you enjoy shooting the variety of Lomography films? Did any results stand out to you?
I love shooting with the Lomography Color Negative 800 (the blue tinted one), it’s become one of my go-to’s. I had fun using the LomoChrome Metropolis on my point and shoot! Unfortunately I had two cameras break on me so I didn’t get to see the end result of the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film.
What position/angles do you like to take in a concert?
I love shooting from as many angles as possible, but one of my go-to’s is shooting from the back of the crowd or on the balcony. I love capturing fans interacting with their favorite artists.
Top three must-have equipment you always carry?
My Canon 5D Mark IV, 35mm Sigma 1.4 art lens, and my Canon AE-1.
Besides film photography, how else do you like to spend your time?
Most of my free time is dedicated to practicing Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Both have become crucial in taking care of my mental and physical health. They both present their own set of challenges and are incredibly humbling.
Lastly, how would you advise anyone looking to get into live music photography?
Bring your camera to local shows and befriend local bands, create your own style of shooting/editing, and just have fun with it! Don’t be too hard on yourself and try your best not to compare yourself to other photographers out there.
Thank you Danielle for sharing your work with us! Don't hesitate to find more of Danielle via her Instagram.