A Much More Realistic Approach

Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock still lives, I just such at updating the website, I hope that will change. I am hoping for a post or two a week at least, but who knows, I never claimed to be a writer.  I am coming up on two years of hacking away at this, I’ve had my ups and downs, my starts and stops, but I know I still want the book to become a reality. Photographing live music is what I love to do and I know I am good at it, what I am not good at is talking to people which makes it hard to make connections. The coming months will include me making a concerted effort to make as many new connections with musicians, management, promoters and record companies as possible. Watch out because here I come. Don’t worry you’ll see me coming, I’m kind of hard to miss.

A Rainy Day at Pouzza Fest

Day one of Pouzza Fest in Montreal Canada is done and I am exhausted, damp and hungry. But first sleep, I need sleep, so why am I typing at almost 5am? I thought I would try something different for a change. So many venues and only one of me and wanting to get to them all, I managed 3 in the pouring rain so I count the night a success. I must say everyone has been on their best behavior and the music out of this world. I saw bands from near and far, some that drove for days to play 5 songs. For now I will just post a few pics and leave the details for a later post.

Pouzza Fest or Bust

Have you heard of Pouzza Fest in Montreal Canada? I am sure a lot of you have, I however somehow managed to let it fly under my radar until just a few days ago. Really though, how could I have missed Pouzza Fest, it’s huge and on it’s fourth incarnation. Pouzza Fest takes place in just a few short days, May 16-18 in downtown Montreal, 9 venues all within walking distance and over 200 bands. 9 venues and over 200 bands, that is astounding and totally worth making a trip to see, did I mention over 200 bands. Just click on the poster below and you can check out their website and see all the other bands that are playing.

Stay tuned to Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock for further updates on Pouzza Fest. (Fingers crossed)

Pouzza Fest 2014

Taking Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock on the Road

I have decided that in order to move Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock further in the direction it needs to go, I need to hit the road. I am planning a series of mini and not so mini tours through the summer and into the fall. In order to fund these tours I am asking for financial help and have launched a GoFundMe campaign that you can visit and read more.

I have thus far mostly funded Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock out of pocket and cannot continue that and still move forward and a respectable speed with the project. Believe me I would rather not ask people for money, but this is something I strongly believe in and I do need help to get the ball rolling faster. So please take the time to check out my GoFundMe page, give it a read and share it with your friends.  www.gofundme.com/pkprtour


Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival Countdown

It’s that time of year again, only four weeks till the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas Nevada. This years lineup of bands looks amazingly awesome to say the least, a bit of something for everyone. You can’t really complain with headliners like Cock Sparrer, Descendents and NOFX. Throw in some SNFU, OFF!, Good Riddance, The Adicts, The Dwarves and Left Over Crack among others, how could you go wrong? Don’t forget either that this is not just the three days of the festival, it’s also three nights of club shows which never fail to disappoint.

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This will be my fourth Punk Rock Bowling and the second for Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock, I wish I had been to more of them, there is never a shortage of great people and fun times. I did not mention the pool parties did I, you will not want to miss the pool parties, always a possibility of surprises!

Here is just a small sample of what Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock saw last year, on and off stage.


I can’t imagine all the work that goes into putting this amazing weekend together, I for one am very thankful and appreciative of everyone involved in pulling this off year after year. If you are going to be there this year I hope to see you there, if not, then maybe next year.


Why So Red

Here I have for you an example of what happens when a band performs with only red lighting. The top is straight out of my camera untouched and actually exposed properly for the amount of light. The problem here is that there is no other color lighting. A camera will catch all the lighting information available and the file can be adjusted later providing there is more than just one color light to work with. Red only and green only light cannot be adjusted to look natural, it can be made black and white and look okay, but not great. With all red or all green, detail that can normally be brought out in a photo is just not there.
As a photographer I hate this situation, I love detail, I love expression, I love the way a persons passion comes across in the effort you see on their faces when they sing, when they really belt it out.
Don’t get me wrong, I love black and white, I love grainy images, but not when that is all that is possible because someone chose to light only red.
Setting aside my feelings as a photographer, as a music lover and a person that loves to see live performances I hate red and green lights even more, by brain can’t convert that live performance to a more exposed, more detailed, black and white image.
I can’t speak for performers, but I would imagine it wouldn’t be too easy on them either. So really what gives? Why the Red lights? Unless your theme is murder, murder, death, death, blood, blood, die, die, a lonely single bare incandescent bulb hanging from the ceiling would be much better.

Red Light Bad Black and White Okay

Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock Portfolio

I have been making a lot of posts on Facebook, as I made the decision to try and build an audience there and then attempt to move that audience over here as well. In concentrating on Facebook I felt it would be an easier way to reach people locally as well as connect with the fans of the artists I have been photographing. Because of my focus on Facebook I have not been posting many photos or updates here, which will be changing soon, more regular updates forthcoming. The point of this post, rather than going back and posting a bunch of photos here from past shows over the past year or so, I have a portfolio site setup which will be added to. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Click the site here, Music Portfolio and I will be adding a link up top as well.

Jen Holiday of The Declaimed
Jen Holiday of The Declaimed

I suck at website updates

I’m way behind on where i wanted the Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock website to be and what I promised I would be doing with it, I’m sorry about that. No more promises, just a lot of hard work ahead of me. Look for more show photos posted here and an increase in writing about said photos. I am still dedicated to having Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock become an amazing book, but almost one year into this project and I have found it was never going to be as easy as I thought. But really when was anything easy ever really worth doing.
Please follow along with me on this ride and let’s see what happens.

Ken Chinn of SNFU October 2013 at Call The Office in London Ontario Canada

Getting Back On Track

So I haven’t posted anything here in a long time and that isn’t a good thing. I have been dealing with life and sometimes that’s all you can do. I have come to realize that Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock is a lot more work than I had originally envisioned. This was not a months long project as I had originally thought it would be, more like years. Getting my name out there and the Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock’s name out there has not worked out the way I had hoped it would, but I will be coming up with some new strategies in the coming weeks. I am no giving up, I will not quit.

Portraits In The Key Of Punk Rock is important, I know it is something that needs to be done and I know I am working for a good cause. I will be updating things here on the website more often as well as Facebook and Google+. I will be the first to admit that I am not a writer, but the more I write the better I’ll get, so bear with me. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are prepared for the Christmas onslaught. Be safe, be well.