His relationship with photography took a more serious turn four years ago when he bought his first DSLR. He often found himself at Kiki’s Coffeehouse in Anna during open mic parties. Many artists invited him to take pictures and made him participate in their shows for free.
Both enjoy the live shows. John notices that he often takes better photos when he enjoys music.
“When you put yourself in the mood for [the music], and you’re like ‘dude, I’m having a really good time,’ the pictures reflect that, ”Longmire said.
Lately, Longmire feels that the recognition he receives has become a double-edged sword as it has made it more difficult to maintain his anonymity during events. Not being recognized allowed him to sit in the back, undisturbed, and “take some really good pictures”. But now he jokes that people always try to talk to him.
The challenge of photographing moving artists in a dimly lit setting also draws photographers to this subject.
“It’s a dance to get the right exposure at the right time. It is easy to get lots of pictures of blurry musicians with a microphone in front of their face. It takes time, patience and persistence to get a solid shot, ”said Haselhorst.
Location is also key to getting a great photo. While Haselhorst says all sites have their strengths and weaknesses, one of his and Longmire hangouts is the Old Feed Store in Cobden. Longmire enjoys the food and the physical background of the performers, while Haselhorst prefers the privacy of the setting.