Segretto's Macabre Holiday 2016

You may have seen the "Music, You Were Our Only Hope in 2016" recap that I recently posted. There was one purposeful, yet glaring omission in that recap because it deserves a post all it's own. 

Travel is definitely not something that I get to do often, and certainly not on this scale. I'm so lucky to have experienced a dream holiday traveling to France, Belgium and England in my favorite season of Autumn. And of course, leave it to The Segretto's to turn any holiday into a tour of all things macabre.

Catacombs, cemeteries, and witches, oh my!

Side note: If cemeteries are your thing, check out my ongoing project, http://estersegrettophotography.com/adreadedsunnyday/

 

Paris, 2016

Bruges, 2016

London / Bath / Lacock, 2016

Music, You Were Our Only Hope in 2016

With 2016 (finally) coming to a close, I wanted to highlight some of the bright spots that got me through this year.

Photographing The Cure had been at the top of my bucket list for many years, and 2016 was the year I was finally able to scratch that off my list. Photographed for Paste Magazine at Madison Square Garden, NYC- June 18th, 2016

The bright spot in an otherwise dark and dismal election year was being a part of Bernie Sanders' rally in Washington Square Park, NYC  and photographing it for Impose Magazine- April 13th, 2016

Behind the scenes photo shoot with Sunflower Bean for Paste Magazine- February 25th, 2016

Experiencing a PJ Harvey live show for the first time- August 15th, 2016

Perry Farrell and I shared a moment at Coney Island when I photographed Jane's addiction show for Impose Magazine- July 15th, 2016

The Queen, Patti Smith performing "People Have The Power" to a very emotional and inspired crowd at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park when we were feeling powerless, during the RNC- July 20th, 2016

Dolly Parton making this cowboy blush at Forest Hills Stadium- June 25th, 2016

Experiencing my first Lemon Twigs performance and knowing they were about take over the world! Photographed for PopGun Presents- August 13th, 2016

Experiencing the beauty and power that is a very rare Diamanda Galas live performance. Photographed during the Red Bull Music Academy for Impose Magazine- May 13th, 2016

PWR BTTM spreading love, glitter, and attitude on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg as part of Northside Festival. Photographed for Impose Magazine- June 11th, 2016

Members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill came together as Prophets of Rage in 2016 to remind us to "Make America Rage Again". Photographed at Barclay Center NYC for Stitched Sound- August 27th, 2016

"Satan Worships Death Valley Girls". Death Valley Girls were some of my favorite badass babes (and dude) of 2016 and I got to spend some time with them at Shea Stadium BK to photograph them for Impose Magazine- September 29th, 2016

Experiencing Brian Wilson performing all of "Pet Sounds" at McCarren Park as part of Northside Festival was truly special, even more so because I got to experience it with many of my equally emotional Photo Ladies. Photographed for Impose Magazine- June 12th, 2016

In 1994, LUSH at Manhattan Center Ballroom (with openers Weezer) was the first concert that Pat and I ever attended together, so it was especially meaningful to be able to photograph them 22 years later, accompanied by Pat once again. Photographed for QRO Magazine- September 14th, 2016

Peter Murphy, one of my biggest musical heroes, ended his "Stripped" tour with 2 shows at City Winery NYC and a very rare, very dramatic, and very amazing performance of "Bela Lugosi's Dead". Photographed for Impose Magazine- December 11th, 2016

 

Here's to an amazing 2017, 'cause we all really need it! 

<3

Ester

Morrissey // Madison Square Garden // 27 June 2015

Every music photographer has a "bucket list" of sorts. A list of artists and venues to photograph that may or may not be famous, but hold a special place in our hearts.

For me the top spots on that list belonged to Morrissey and Madison Square Garden, until this past weekend, when I had "the pleasure and privilege" to photograph Morrissey at "the world's most famous arena".

You can find the full review with my photos at Consequence of Sound , but I've included some of my favorite published, and unpublished photos from this weekend's show below.

Photos by Ester Segretto Photography 2015

ESP // Best of 2014 // Music Photographs

My Favorite Music Photos That I Shot In 2014

Nine Inch Nails, Jones Beach Theater- August 1, 2014

Nine Inch Nails, Jones Beach Theater- August 1, 2014

And if I can’t have everything, well then just give me a taste
— Sin
A Place To Bury Strangers, The Wick- May 15, 2014

A Place To Bury Strangers, The Wick- May 15, 2014

I live my life to stand in the shadow of your heart
— I Live My Life To Stand In The Shadow of Your Heart
Peter Hook & The Light, Irving Plaza- Nov 7, 2014

Peter Hook & The Light, Irving Plaza- Nov 7, 2014

For entertainment they watch his body twist, behind his eyes he says I still exist
— Atrocity Exhibition
Judas Priest, Barclays Center- Oct 9, 2014

Judas Priest, Barclays Center- Oct 9, 2014

Black as night, faster than a shadow
— Hell Bent For Leather
21 Pilots, Terminal 5- Sept 25, 2014

21 Pilots, Terminal 5- Sept 25, 2014

Sometimes quiet is violent
— Car Radio
Iggy Azalea, Irving Plaza- May 5, 2014

Iggy Azalea, Irving Plaza- May 5, 2014

Gonna love ya, like a black widow, baby
— Black Widow
Panic! At The Disco, Theater at MSG- August 5, 2014

Panic! At The Disco, Theater at MSG- August 5, 2014

And truth be told, I was never yours. The fear, the fear of falling apart.
— This Is Gospel
Walk The Moon, Theater at MSG- August 5, 2014

Walk The Moon, Theater at MSG- August 5, 2014

The thumping in my chest, as I lose the feeling in my fingertips. When you walk close to me I shiver.
— Shiver Shiver
Twin Peaks, 50 Kent- Sept 28, 2014

Twin Peaks, 50 Kent- Sept 28, 2014

I see the dark sky coming, I know it’s on it’s way
— I Found A Way
FKA Twigs, Terminal 5- Nov 8, 2014

FKA Twigs, Terminal 5- Nov 8, 2014

I’d put you first, just close your eyes and dream about it
— Two Weeks
The Horrors, Stage 48- Oct 21, 2014

The Horrors, Stage 48- Oct 21, 2014

How do you feel when the sun hits your eyes, how do you feel when you see it for yourself
— Chasing Shadows
Catfish & The Bottlemen, Brooklyn, NY- Sept 29, 2014

Catfish & The Bottlemen, Brooklyn, NY- Sept 29, 2014

See I’m not the type to call you up drunk, but I’ve got some lies to tell.
— Homesick
GROUPLOVE, Terminal 5- March 26, 2014

GROUPLOVE, Terminal 5- March 26, 2014

I got a little bit longer, I got a ways to go
— Ways To Go
JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, St Vitus Bar- Oct 4, 2014

JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, St Vitus Bar- Oct 4, 2014

The Kooks, Webster Hall- July 26, 2014

The Kooks, Webster Hall- July 26, 2014

Could you love me when the world is crashing all around?
— Around Town
Fort Lean, Rockwood Music Hall- Dec 02, 2014

Fort Lean, Rockwood Music Hall- Dec 02, 2014

I didn’t mind the bodies in the road, I was coming for you
— High Definition
Bear's Den, Mercury Lounge- March 01, 2014

Bear's Den, Mercury Lounge- March 01, 2014

And I’m sorry I don’t mean to scare you at all, I’m just trying to drain all this bad blood
— Bad Blood
Surfbort, Baby's Allright- 13 Dec 2014

Surfbort, Baby's Allright- 13 Dec 2014

Man one day I was walkin’ down the street and I started trippin’ over babies.
— Trippin' Over Babies
Thee Oh Sees, Death By Audio- 20 Nov 2014

Thee Oh Sees, Death By Audio- 20 Nov 2014

Someone stole the eye, staring passers by. Unlocking their lives, the penetrating eye.
— Penetrating Eye
Justin Timerlake, Hammerstein Ballroom- 11 July 2014

Justin Timerlake, Hammerstein Ballroom- 11 July 2014

She ain’t that chick from the burbs that’s a stranger to drama
— Cry Me A River

 

                                 

Thank you for all the kind words and support in 2014. See you in 2015!

-ESP

ESP// Best of 2014 // Live Music Experiences

Best Live Music Experiences in 2014

I've done the math, and I saw upwards of 250 musicians perform in 2014. It might seem impossible to pick just 5 favorites out of those masses, but I had absolutely no problem picking out these 5 stand out Live Music Experiences of 2014!

No. 5 // Bear's Den at Mercury Lounge- 01 Mar 2014

Bear's Den have an unparalleled ability to connect with and command the attention of their audience. This is never more apparent than during their, now famous, acoustic crowd session encores. 

Bear's Den, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

Bear's Den, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

No. 4 // Damon Albarn at Governors Ball 2014 & Gov Ball Afterparty at Irving Plaza- 06 & 08 Jun 2014

This time around Damon was at his most vulnerable, musically speaking. Performing brand new introspective, solo material in front of festival size crowds was no doubt a bit daunting. It was definitely the most meaningful performance of that weekend for me. I think I can speak for all who attended that the highlight of the performance was when Damon played the first note of his melodica, giving away De La Soul as the surprise guest. Gorillaz was officially, albeit briefly, reformed on stage for us. I skipped the much anticipated Outkast comeback to be with Damon, and I regret nothing!

Damon Albarn, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

Damon Albarn, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

No. 3 // Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Celebrate! Prospect Park- 26 Jul 2014

Nick Cave spent most of 2014 touring with the Bad Seeds, promoting 2013's "Push The Sky Away". After a couple of failed attempts to photograph this tour, I decided to relax and enjoy a Nick Cave show without my camera...ok with a camera, but from a fan's point of view in the crowd. I've never seen a more raw, angsty, energetic, intense, yet happy performance from Nick Cave. He spent most of the performance interacting with and commanding the crowd, singing from the audience and relishing in the love and admiration.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

No. 2 // Peter Hook & The Light at Irving Plaza- 07 Nov 2014

Seeing Joy Division live was never meant to be for me. On the eve of Joy Division's first N. American Tour, Ian Curtis sadly took his own life. I was also only 4 years old at the time.

Joy Division and New Order have always held a very special place in my heart, when they weren't tearing it out.

I had the very gratifying experience to photograph a 3 hour Peter Hook & The Light show when they performed a full Joy Division set as well as New Order's albums "Brotherhood" and "Low Life" in their entirety. 

After my 3 songs from the photo pit, I went upstairs and secured a prime spot on the balcony to watch and photograph the rest of the show. It was about this time that I finally let myself cry the tears of joy I'd felt welling up since song 1 in the photo pit.

Andy Rourke, formerly of The Smiths accompanying Peter Hook as a special guest during the "True Faith" encore only solidified this show as one my best live experiences of 2014!

Peter Hook & Andy Rourke, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

Peter Hook & Andy Rourke, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

Peter Hook & The Light, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

Peter Hook & The Light, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

No. 1 // A Place To Bury Strangers at Death By Audio- 27 Oct 2014

A Place to Bury Strangers earned the top spot with equal parts Chaos, Order, Heart, Noise, Melody, Angst, Nostalgia, Bruise, and Smoke Machine.

Death By Audio had only 3 weeks left of shows before closing on 22 Nov. The crowd was starting to show their nostalgia for what literally could have been APTBS's last home base show.

Despite the very visual experience of a APTBS show, it was clear that visual overload was, ironically, a means to have us focus on the music.

We were front and center, at the heart of the Death By Audio "bruise zone". At times the pushing felt aggressive, but all you had to do was turn around and see the look of bliss on the faces in the crowd to realize they were all just overcome by the moment.

In true APTBS fashion the show ended in the back room with a still reverberating guitar hanging from a ceiling tile. RIP DBA.

A Place To Bury Strangers, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

A Place To Bury Strangers, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

APTBS crowd at Death By Audio, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

APTBS crowd at Death By Audio, Ester Segretto Photography 2014

-ESP

 

 

 

 

 

ESP // Best of 2014 // Top Album Picks

Top Albums of 2014

I spent most of 2014 experiencing live music through earplugs rather than recorded music through headphones. I usually find live music to be a much more satisfying experience than the recorded album. 

With that being said, there were definitely some albums that hooked me and helped keep the real world out this year. 

In no particular order these are my picks for Top Albums of 2014:

Twin Peaks- Wild Onion

Thee Oh Sees- Drop

The Horrors- Luminous

Catfish and The Bottlemen- The Balcony

FKA Twigs- LP1

Bear's Den- Islands

Royal Blood- Royal Blood

VANIISH- Memory Work

Ty Segall- Manipulator

Mac DeMarco- Salad Days

Fear of Men- Loom

Warpaint- Warpaint

The Wytches- Annabel Dream Reader

Damon Albarn- Everyday Robots

-ESP

ESP's Luckiest 13 Shots of 2013

I've compiled, in no particular order, what I consider to be my "Luckiest 13 Shots of 2013".

I'm not saying that I attribute good photography to luck, but I do consider myself extremely lucky to have gotten these shots this year, lucky to be doing something I love, and lucky to spend my nights immersed in the music I love with some of the best people I know.

On Friday night I shot my last show of 2013....so now, on to 2014!!!

xx

ESP

 

Marcus Mumford during encore performance of "The Weight" at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, just days after winning the Grammy for Best Album for "Babel".

Marcus Mumford during encore performance of "The Weight" at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, just days after winning the Grammy for Best Album for "Babel".

Weezer played The Paramount in Huntington, NY in November and served up a perfect combo of old and new songs.

Weezer played The Paramount in Huntington, NY in November and served up a perfect combo of old and new songs.

I was allowed All Access for Full Moon Festival on Governors Island in June where the The Dolls played with the NYC skyline as the perfect twilight time backdrop.

I was allowed All Access for Full Moon Festival on Governors Island in June where the The Dolls played with the NYC skyline as the perfect twilight time backdrop.

By the look and feel of this summertime performance at Webster Hall, it was quite obvious that NYC had realized what I had been preaching all year. Savages were an intense, unstoppable force and quite possibly the best live act around.

By the look and feel of this summertime performance at Webster Hall, it was quite obvious that NYC had realized what I had been preaching all year. Savages were an intense, unstoppable force and quite possibly the best live act around.

Reignwolf opened for The Pixies in September at Bowery Ballroom. He blew the crowd away with a (mostly) solo and (all) amazing performance that created the sound of multiple musicians.

Reignwolf opened for The Pixies in September at Bowery Ballroom. He blew the crowd away with a (mostly) solo and (all) amazing performance that created the sound of multiple musicians.

The National played an emotional hometown show this June at one of their biggest performances to date, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The National played an emotional hometown show this June at one of their biggest performances to date, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Rubblebucket are indescribable in genre and style, but their live shows are always so full of energy, passion, surprise and fun. They had this Music Hall of Williamsburg crowd dancing all night!

Rubblebucket are indescribable in genre and style, but their live shows are always so full of energy, passion, surprise and fun. They had this Music Hall of Williamsburg crowd dancing all night!

Father John Misty played a very unconventional CMJ show this October at Town Hall in NYC. His special guest all night was a giant bunny, but did we expect anything less from Father John?

Father John Misty played a very unconventional CMJ show this October at Town Hall in NYC. His special guest all night was a giant bunny, but did we expect anything less from Father John?

Amanda never disappoints, she makes sure you run the full gamut of emotions, from giddy happy chanting to cathartic crying. This rainy summer evening became particularly special when former Dresden Dolls bandmate Brian Viglione joined Amanda for a last minute surprise song.

Amanda never disappoints, she makes sure you run the full gamut of emotions, from giddy happy chanting to cathartic crying. This rainy summer evening became particularly special when former Dresden Dolls bandmate Brian Viglione joined Amanda for a last minute surprise song.

By now Zola or Nika is known for her unorthodox choice of venues, and this evening was no different. Once again joined by JG Thirwell, Zola Jesus performed at the Our Lady Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn. Although the audience was all sat in church pews this was not your usual mass. Unless of course your pastor, priest or reverend usually leaps off of the altar as a finale...

By now Zola or Nika is known for her unorthodox choice of venues, and this evening was no different. Once again joined by JG Thirwell, Zola Jesus performed at the Our Lady Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn. Although the audience was all sat in church pews this was not your usual mass. Unless of course your pastor, priest or reverend usually leaps off of the altar as a finale...

If you've never experienced dueling saxophones before, you need to see Moon Hooch live for a very unusual dance party. They've come a long way since their subway busking days a mere 2 years ago.

If you've never experienced dueling saxophones before, you need to see Moon Hooch live for a very unusual dance party. They've come a long way since their subway busking days a mere 2 years ago.

I consider this shot "lucky" because it's pure luck that Justin Hayward- Young walked across the stage and knelt down at the edge, right in front of me. The Vaccines were opening for Mumford & Sons at the re-opening of historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, NY in August.

I consider this shot "lucky" because it's pure luck that Justin Hayward- Young walked across the stage and knelt down at the edge, right in front of me. The Vaccines were opening for Mumford & Sons at the re-opening of historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, NY in August.

This shot is lucky for many reasons. The obvious one being, this is Patti Smith! She's one of the most respected artists of our time. She helped shape an era that is wildly influential to most artists performing today. The second reason is, I realized that I was only one of two photographers approved to shoot this show and that there were no photographers approved for her next two Webster Hall NYC shows this week. What a great way to close out another great year of shooting concerts, I feel very lucky indeed.

This shot is lucky for many reasons. The obvious one being, this is Patti Smith! She's one of the most respected artists of our time. She helped shape an era that is wildly influential to most artists performing today. The second reason is, I realized that I was only one of two photographers approved to shoot this show and that there were no photographers approved for her next two Webster Hall NYC shows this week. What a great way to close out another great year of shooting concerts, I feel very lucky indeed.

Communion New York- Restoring Our Faith In Music

Communion is a monthly music night that was started in London in 2006 by Ben Lovett, Kevin Jones and Ian Grimble. After 5 years of offering their unique and pivotal music showcases to the UK, they brought Communion to the States in early 2010.

I was lucky enough to have been there for all of those early showcases at Brooklyn's Public Assembly, always with my camera in hand. Many new favorites were discovered and friendships made these last 3 years at Communion New York.

Some of those early shows were played to half empty rooms, but it never made it any less special. Sometimes I felt like I was a part of this amazing secret society the rest of NYC wasn't allowed into. I pitied the rest of NYC...

A  couple of years and venue changes later, even the most jaded of my fellow New Yorkers are taking note of Communion's "buzz". Gone are the days of half empty rooms. In fact, these days Communion packs 3 rooms simultaneously each month at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side. Friends suddenly want to know more about this magical Communion that I've spoken about for years.

A couple of weeks ago amidst the crushing crowd waiting for Tennis to take the stage at Communion's November show, I had a moment that made me sad. I thought to myself, the Communion I'd fallen in love with, the small secret society was over. However, I soon realized that I was now a part of something much bigger, something that's changing the way we listen to music and create connections.

-ESP

 

 

Savoir Adore at Communion New York Rockwood Music Hall- Stage 2. 05 Nov 2013

Savoir Adore at Communion New York

Rockwood Music Hall- Stage 2.

05 Nov 2013

Tennis at Communion New York Rockwood Music Hall- Stage 2 05 Nov 2013

Tennis at Communion New York

Rockwood Music Hall- Stage 2

05 Nov 2013