Photo Story (AD4802) – Artist Research: Thomas Falcone

Thomas Falcone is a photographer which I personally have followed for a while through the bands which he photographs. Falcone is a very hands on photographer in the sense that he goes on tour with his subjects, which could last weeks to months, which shows clear dedication. I decided to look at Falcone’s images because most music photographers take images of bands while they are performing, however for this module I have been photographing more rehearsals and spending time socially with the band and therefore feel I needed to focus on a photographer who actually spends time with their subjects.

Thomas Falcone attended the New England School of Photography, studying Marketing/Editorial/Portraiture photography. He has been photographing since 2009 and has worked with the likes of All Time Low and MayDay Parade, and record companies such as RISE Records. His work has been published in Alternative Press magazine, PULP magazine, RockSound magazine and Kerrang magazine. He is currently on tour with All Time Low around UK and Europe.

My main interest in his photography is his use of lighting. I admit to having issues when photographing Fawner at their gig due to the lighting being inconsistent. However, Falcone uses lighting to his advantage and many of his images incorporate silhouettes made from the harsh stage lighting.

He also clearly uses a wide angle lens in order to allow for a sharp image and the allow for a high shutter speed to freeze movement. This can be seen by the distortion in some of his images, giving a “fish eye” effect;

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I feel with a band like All Time Low, the fish eye effect adds to their fun loving personality as a band, so therefore the distortion can be used to the photographers advantage when shooting them. However, although Fawner also have a fun loving personality, their music being quite indie/emo I feel doesn’t ask for this kind of effect – I don’t feel it would work too well. I feel a good size lens to use, to allow for freezing motion and allowing enough light would be a 50mm, and using an aperture as low as 1.8 to allow for as much light as possible.

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