Post Mortem

A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine

14 from ’14: Best crowd shots of the year

Feral, Scalpel and Erroraeon

For everything there is a season.

For patting one’s own back, the season is now.

As 2014 draws to a gentle, spring-like close on the coast of Maine, we’ve taken a few moments to review the Post Mortem archives and reflect on our first calendar year as a blog. (Granted, we’ve only been at this thing for six months but, hey, who’s counting?) And, as is customary with publications everywhere this time of year, we’ve decided to showcase our best work.

Originally, we wanted to pare everything down to just 14 photographs. It was a nice, compact number that also served as a gimmick: 14 from ’14.

In the end, however, we just couldn’t do it. We couldn’t limit our choices to such a small number.

There are two reasons for this, and the first is paradoxical: If we were better photographers, the task would be simpler. If our photographic abilities matched, say, Tom Couture or Tim Bugbee, we would have no trouble gathering a collection of fewer selections. A true professional’s photos stand on their own; they resonate from their own energy. Our photos, on the other hand, look better in the company of many others. Our greatest strength (at the moment) is consistency. We’re not out there making epic, world-beating photos, but we can file two or three strong ones every night.

The second reason is much simpler: Why should we limit the number? This scene is bursting with interesting things to look at, so let’s throw the doors wide open.

With that in mind, we created four lists of 14 photos. Starting today, those lists will run each day through Wednesday. Then, on Thursday, Jan. 1, we’ll announce the Band of the Year, as chosen by Post Mortem readers.

The four lists include the best crowd shots, best photos of drummers, best photos of out-of-towners, and the best of Portland heaviness in general.

So that brings us to today’s list: crowd shots.

In some ways, crowd shots define Post Mortem. Forty years from now, when many of us are dead or infirm, these photos will most likely hold the broadest historical value. These will demonstrate what a sub-culture within a small, but fastly growing city looked like. Whereas photos of long-haired metal bands might prove more timeless, crowd shots will serve to pinpoint a particular era — one that is, as yet, unnamed.

Crowd shots are also a lot of fun. After a night of focusing so closely on the stage, it’s nice to swivel around and capture people who are absorbed by it; to find interesting and honest faces caught in a fleeting beam of light.

We sincerely hope it’s not creepy.

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If you’d like to see other examples of our work, here’s a Best of 2014 collection culled from The Forecaster and elsewhere.

One comment on “14 from ’14: Best crowd shots of the year

  1. Pingback: 14 from ’14: Best shots of drummers | Post Mortem

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This entry was posted on December 28, 2014 by in 14 from '14, Best of Post Mortem, Best of the Year, Concert photography, crowd shots.


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