Shira van den Berg | Sasquatch Photography Series

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Name: Shira van den Berg

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1. How did you get your start in photography?
I began taking classes at a local art school as a child and quickly got hooked on the medium, spending much of my teen years in the darkroom.

2. What are some pro tips for those who want to try concert photography?
When possible listen to the music prior to the show if you are unfamiliar with it. I often find I am able to sense the way a performer will move based on the changes of rhythm in the music and having a better idea of what's coming is really helpful.

I like to shoot shows from the far right or far left of the stage. Often times it is less busy in those areas and it gives me a good vantage to shoot the performers with less mic's and gear in the frame.

3. With so many acts to see, how do you decide which artists to photograph?
On my drive down to the festival I listen to the line ups and use the Sasquatch! app to flag which shows interest me. At the venue I like talking with other photographers about who they are excited to see, take note and try to get in as many shows as I can.

4. Aside from your photo gear, what else is in your bag during a festival?
A windbreaker and sunscreen (the weather really varies)… Earplugs (wish I had started wearing those years ago)…. Lens cloth and bandaids for the blisters.

5. Some of your favorite acts you’ve photographed at Sasquatch / favorite Sasquatch memory?
It is hard to choose favorites after seeing so many incredibly talented acts. Most recently it was Charles Bradley. Seeing him triumphantly taking the stage and sharing with us his heart and soul was truly mesmerizing and an emotional experience.

I loved shooting Golgol Bordello and there wild set as well as Kid Cudi, OutKast, Sir the Baptist, July Talk and so many others.

One of my favourite memories is watching Alt J side stage prior to their show. They had just started getting a decent amount of radio play and you could see the excitement and anticipation on their faces. The crowd awaiting them was massive. I don’t think they had any idea they would get the turnout they did. Watching their expressions as they walked on to the stage and saw their fans was priceless.

6. Favorite thing about Sasquatch?
One of the things I love about Sasquatch is that the environment allows me to step outside of my normal life and into a weekend full of new experiences, sights and sounds surrounded by people who are doing the same. I leave Sasquatch inspired with a whole new playlist that becomes the soundtrack for the rest of my year.