Do Or Die Artwork

 

Katie Settel

Quieten


In 2012, I had the opportunity to photograph one of Beechwood's first events. One of Jeanine's requests was to be sure to capture the performance by Frederic Chiu and Joshua Bell. When it came time for the concert, I secured the perfect spot and was ready.


The introductions began and Joshua came out to play. He looked around the room, took in the size and then saw me. He lifted his arm, extended his bow, then pointed it directly my way and ever so kindly requested "no photographs." I understood, as the sound of a shutter can be horribly distracting, but nonetheless — I died. They began to play Vivaldi's Four Seasons, a once-in-a-lifetime performance, never to be played again.


Not willing to miss the shot, during a pause, I crept down low and slithered out the front door. Outside in the dark, through the back window, I found him, there in all his glory and I, in mine. My glory rapidly declined however as I stood facing my next challenge, low-light.


That was the pivotal moment when I learned to see in the dark.


Since Beechwood, low-light has become one of my core skills. I've photographed such iconic musicians as Steven Tyler, BB King, Sheryl Crow and a host of others. I became a concert photographer at FTC's StageOne/Warehouse and will celebrate eight years this June. 


In 2015— I held my first solo exhibit 'Shot in the Dark' titled to reflect my love of low-light and taking risks.

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16”x12”x1”

Inkjet Print Photography

$350