Name: Chona Kasinger
Number of Sasquatches Photographed: 9
1. How did you get your start in photography?
I got my start in photography shooting concerts around the Seattle area while I was a student at the UW. That evolved into an internship in New York City (where I’m also based) and snowballed from there. The heart of my work today is still inspired by a love of music.
2. What are some pro tips for those who want to try concert photography?
Don’t be afraid to bump up the ISO if you need to. Also, oddly enough, the in between moments between songs (when everyone tends to put their camera down) is often times precisely when the magic happens.
3. With so many acts to see, how do you decide which artists to photograph?
Typically, the editor I'm working with will give me a hit list and I work from there. Otherwise, I go off of what I like or what friends recommend.
4. Aside from your photo gear, what else is in your bag during a festival?
Candy, eye drops, sunglasses, an extra layer for the evenings.
5. Some of your favorite acts you’ve photographed at Sasquatch / favorite Sasquatch memory?
The Cure in 2008 and 2016, Vampire Weekend circa Modern Vampires, Outkast in 2014, Sufjan in 2016. All my favorite Sasquatch memories involve free ice cream, although my least favorite memory involves me ripping my lip open on a fatefully frigid popsicle outside the Ice Cream Man truck. You always get hurt by the one you love.
6. Favorite thing about Sasquatch?
It’s the most naturally scenic festival of them all.