Each month as part of our #audioloveshowcase series we focus on a photographer whose work we believe deserves more exposure and for the month of September we are delighted to shed light on the work of the wonderful Afroditi Zaggana. Afroditi’s work is fantastic, with razor sharp images and stunning composition in every shot. We particularly love her silhouette and detail shot work, which provides a different perspective to what you usually see and is always a joy to look at. We caught up with Afroditi for an interview where we asked for some details around her work process and origins of concert photography: We now have the full length interview below
AL - How did you get started in concert photography?
AZ - I really don’t know if I have an answer in this question! Getting started with photography I loved to experiment many kinds of it, one of them was concert photography which years later I think I really would choose from the beginning. The first concerts I attended were more like getting out with friends than going to shoot. But every time I was in the photo pit I felt more involved to everything happening around. Since then, I feel lucky I am one of those who keep moments of great concerts and big shows as memories for the ones attended or information for those missing.
AL - What would you say is the key to getting the perfect shot?
AZ - I wouldn’t say anything about the camera or the lights, anything about the place or the band. I really believe the key is to feel. To get it clear in your head that there is soul in everything. The camera is part of your body at that time and the click should be imagined to happen in your head. It needs love to catch it. Love for the band, love for photography, doesn’t matter what you love, but it’s the only way to make you feel the great moment coming just a blink before it really comes.
AL - What is your go to camera body and lens when going to shows?
AZ - I never use more than a camera in concerts, my Nikon D 750 and typically the Nikon 50mm f1.8 and the Nikon 24-120mm f 4.0
AL - How do you think the role of musicians and concert photographers has changed
over the last 10 years?
AZ - Concert photographers evolve as the musicians do, the more the bands give the more the photographer should catch. One thing everyone can notice easily in big concerts is the increasing number of photographers in the photo pits. Giving so many photo passes, big part of them to paparazzi guys who care more to take a number of shots and stand still at a place for fifteen minutes even if they bother others, than producing art, unfortunately leads to less good pictures of the show as the three-song rule in a really crowded photo pit is the worst combination for concert photography.
AL - Where can we find more of your work?
AZ - Until my website is ready to launch, more of my work can be found in the following places: