The Rock Star

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© Amber Gregory
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 27, 2009
TakenJune 26, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 5D
Exposure1/400 sec at f/1.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length50 mm

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I find rock stars to be fascinating for the unique gender role qualifications that seem to exist in a world all their own and for no one else in the world.

For instance--our idea of a rock star is someone who often bends, if not completely IGNORES, gender-based rules that the rest of us schmucks are always held to--particularly men.

This photo is of the lead singer of local San Francisco band Port O'Brien--and though Bowie he ain't, he still has That Look about him, the confidence to quaff his hair with pride and embrace the dramatic, emotional character of the rock star.

I feel that the way men often behave on stage would not be accepted in "normal" social circles much of the time, and that musicians exist in a sort of alternate reality where, for whatever reason, it is accepted. Perhaps it is because men typically are held to such stringent gender roles with very little room for experimentation or deviation--and music allow them a places to be free from that...and allows a place for other men, who attend their concerts, to believe that they could be free from constraints, too.

Port O'Brien
The Independent
San Francisco, CA
July 2nd, 2009

Canon 5D

3 responses

  • Thomas Sabo

    Thomas Sabo said (29 Aug 2009):

    Tremendous! Most people don't know how difficult this shot is...very hard to manage light in a concert!

  • Bob Martuch

    Bob Martuch said (30 Aug 2009):

    Excellent job. I really love the natural color.

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    Absolutely stunning - wonderful story, too. My son was one for awhile...I understand.

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