We Were There: Sandy Carson
Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 7-10pm
Exhibition: August 25 – September 23, 2017
Hours: Saturdays, 12-5pm or by appointment
Please join us for the opening reception of We Were There - The print exhibition and book launch from a decade Austin concert crowds shot from the pit, 2007-2017.
This project and exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between rock concert fans, the bands, and the photographer at music festivals. It is also a self-portrait of a music fan, musician, and photographer, who has been on both sides of the stage, barrier, and photo pit. These images were made over the last 10 years on assignment at various music festivals in Austin, Texas, from the sweaty pit of each concert. Without the band there are no fans; without the fans, there is no band. One just cannot exist without the other.
Sandy Carson is a Scottish photographer who emigrated to the United States in 1993 to pursue cycling, and enjoyed a 15 year career traveling the world as a professional cyclist, where he honed his skills as a photographer. His work is an intersection of two careers that explores sensitive cultural issues of American consumerism, migration, family, youth culture and the social landscape with a scrutiny particular to one who was born and raised in another country. Constantly at play in his photographs is an irony born from the juxtaposition of disparate elements, a duality that consistently informs his viewpoint and is an intrinsic element of his work. Carson’s photography examines a specific and personal segment of American life with a bent simultaneously absurd and poignant.
We'll have some advance copies of the book from Daylight Books and a listening station to check out the 7 inch vinyl insert featuring The Black Angels and The Sword.
Beverages on the night courtesy of Real Ale Brewing Company, Ravo Vodka Tasting, and Angry Bunch Wine.
*Remaining copies of the book, prints and merch can be found here-https://igg.me/at/WeWereThere/x/15991064 -and available on the night.