Had an awesome day on Saturday. First, I shot up to Portsmouth to be the second photographer for a wedding. I didn’t recognize the name of the guy who hired me. I just saw an opportunity on Facebook and took it. Then, while we’re shooting portraits of the bridal party, it suddenly dawned on me that I went to Mass Art with the lead photographer. I remembered his night pictures and crazily lit portraits that he made. I remembered he was from Marshfield, and I remembered his review board! It was Erik Waddell! I hadn’t seen him in 20 years!
Then, during some downtime I looked at Facebook and realized my friends were playing a metal show 25 minutes away! So when Erik cut me loose, I boogied on down to the Dover Brick House and watched Swarm of Eyes and Death Ray Vision (now with Jeff Gard on vocals and this dude Chris on second guitar).
Mike was like, “Why are you dressed up? You look like you’re trying out to be the dancer of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.” (Don’t worry Ben, I’ll never try to steal your gig.) So, Mike bought me a beer and we chatted and I saw Pete and he laughed that I wore a suit and bow tie to a rock show.
Then, Swarm of Eyes played and in the middle of their set, Randy called me up to sing “Skulls” originally by the Misfits. While Randy growled, I did my best Danzig impression and rearranged the last chorus in an almost “singing in the round” kind of way. When the song ended the guitar player (sorry dude I don’t know your name) grabbed me and said, “We’re doing it that way from now on.” Meanwhile people were going, “the dude in the suit and bow tie just killed it? Huh?”
Death Ray Vision played and it was cool to hear Jeff sing the old songs and cool to hear the new stuff.
Their record drops on November 23, and I’m stoked to hear it.
So, a rad day. Thanks to Erik for the photo gig and thanks to Swarm of Eyes, and the Death Ray Vision for the metal gig.#bowtiesarethenewblack
This is a follow up to a post I made about 5 weeks ago regarding the benefit show for I shot for Kiva. Kiva’s sister Dawn tracked me down and we created a really cool video for Kiva.
Kiva’s favorite band is In The Pink from Boston. They played a lot in the late 1980’s and got signed to Epic Records. Kiva ran their fan club.
Kiva is currently beating the crap out of cancer. In The Pink’s music is one of her weapons, her medicine. She listens to their music during chemo treatments. She’s a bad ass.
This video is for Kiva, for her to watch and keep up the fight.
Now y’all can rock out 80’s Boston hair metal! AAAAALLLLLLLRIGHT!
Here’s another image from my neighborhood. I like this picture because it gives me a feeling of peace and mystery.
Word up Party people! This is the second of two images I am showing this weekend at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville. The images will be sold off as a benefit for the club. A lot of other awesome rock photographers will be showing work including Coleman Rogers, JJ Gonson, Josh Pickering, Kelly Davison, and Nicole Tammaro.
I recently shot a staged roof deck in the back bay for one of my real estate clients. What I like about this picture is that it's not just about a piece of property, it's about a lifestyle for the potential buyer.
The other day I got an interesting email from a woman who was producing a benefit concert for her sister, Kiva, who was battling cancer. As someone who played a bunch of benefit shows and even had to have his own benefit shows to pay for my health care when I was in an accident in 2004, this kind of stuff is near and dear to my heart.
The other interesting thing about this was that it was a bunch of older bands reuniting to help their friend and these bands were from a sect of the Boston music scene that I knew virtually nothing about. For lack of a better term, these were "hair metal" bands, or "melodic 80's hard rock" bands.
If you know me, you know I grew up on Punk Rock and Hardcore music. Most people in my scene shaved their hair off rather than grew it. I never heard of these bands. They played at long since defunct venues that I've only heard of like Narcissus.
Turned out that the woman, Dawn, and her sister, Kiva, were the nicest people. The bands displayed some incredible musicianship and all the musicians were extremely nice to me. At the end of the night I complimented one of the guitar players and we started talking about Eddie Van Halen. Turned out that his brother was non-other than Gary Cherone, the dude from Extreme, who was the third singer of VAN HALEN!?
Gary was next to him! So I got to meet the third singer of Van Halen. That was cool.
This is a clip of Kiva's favorite band In The Pink. Kiva ran their fan club and was instrumental in helping them with their career.
Next, I'll be editing this whole show with interviews.
I've been asked to show a couple of my pictures at The ONCE Ballroom on September 16th. This is one of the two pictures I'll be showing. This is Scissorfight, playing as the special guest at the 2016 Rock and Roll Rumble.
A number of other other super talented rock photographers will be showing their work as well including Coleman Rogers, JJ Gonson, Josh Pickering, Kelly Davison, and Nicole Tammaro.
The prints will be sold as a benefit for the ONCE Ballroom.
I was recently hired to document the Algonquin Club in Back Bay. The Algonquin Club is a social club that started in the late 19th century. A few US Presidents have dined there including Teddy Roosevelt. They hired me to document their club before their upcoming renovation. I love this night picture in particular because it shows the building's grandiosity. Plus, I'm always a sucker for night photography.
Here's a video I made for Hudson Light and Power last year. I like the drone stuff shot by Jonathan Goldstein, Eric O'Brien's voice over, and of course my stunning directing and editing (he said modestly).
I was in dire need for a photo shoot for my magic business. The last one I had was in 2004, so when Bonaparte recommended Duncan Wilder, I jumped at the chance.
I was pressed for time because we scheduled the session the day before I went back to Scotland. Duncan normally spends about two hours on a photo shoot. I told him, I only had an hour and would we still be able to make this work? He said, no problem, everything will be just fine.
It was more than fine. Getting this done in an hour was a piece of cake. Duncan was easy to work with, very professional and I was impressed with the quality of his work. He put his magic touch editing on the photos I selected and now I have about 10 awesome photos to use on my websites and marketing pieces.
The photos even passed the wife test! Eleni has a sharp eye for quality visuals and was impressed. She loved all the images except one. (She said I looked dopey on one. No fault with Duncan on this. I told him to add the photo to the selected ones.) LOL
Duncan – thanks a bunch. Loved working with you!!!
-Franc Karpo, Magic Entertainer
Night Picture, North Weymouth, MA 2017
Here are some images I made at the "Free Speech" Rally on the Boston Common yesterday. Normally I don't post political things on my website. However, I couldn't stand by and allow racism and bigotry to come to my town and not stand up to it. PERIOD, THE END. NAZIS ARE NOT WELCOME IN BOSTON.