Each month, we shed light on the photographers we think are a must follow and for the month of August we are happy to showcase the stunning work of Jen Vesp for the #audioloveshowcase. Jen is a fabolous photographer who has built an impressive gallery of images, some of which we feel has truly iconic appeal. We caught up with Jen to have a chat. Find the full interview below
AL - How did you get started in and develop your love for concert photography?
JV - I started dabbling in photography in middle school (even had my own little art show at a local library), then when I went to college I had friends who were in a band – started shooting their shows, their friends’ shows, and I was instantly hooked. It snowballed from there – I would ask local bands to shoot their shows, then THEY started asking ME. Music has always been a huge part of my life and the passion put into shows has translated to my photos – I love being able to portray that to the world through my shots.
AL - Who are your influences from a photographic perspective?
JV - When I was younger I remember being hugely influenced by everything from Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Spin, Filter, Billboard, CMJ, and Under the Radar, to blogs like Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Cobrasnake, and Stereogum. When I lived in NYC I would scour the Village Voice, noting every show I’d want to hit up – sleep wasn’t an option. Everyone with live shots was an influence, but two names always come to mind, and those are Matthias Hombauer and Todd Owyoung.
AL - What kit do you use when going to concerts?
JV - You won’t ever see me lugging seventeen different cameras and scrambling in the pit – I stick with my trusty Canon 6D and typically the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens or EF 50mm f/1.8 for small venues when I’m practically on the stage.
AL - What are your thoughts on the state of the print industry at the moment?
JV - The print industry is certainly not at the level it once was – the ease of digital has made sure of that. I’ve always enjoyed print media (as evidenced by my aforementioned mild magazine obsession) and still have a steady flow of both books and magazines coming in and out of my home. I don’t think it’ll ever be fully removed from existence, but may end up becoming more of a novelty than not.
AL - Where can we find more of your work?
JV - You can find more of my work at my website, jenvesp.com – and, of course, on Instagram (@JenVesp).