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SXSW Music Festival 2017 – A foray into concert photography

Returning to Austin as part of the SXSW Festival Photo Crew was great fun. It wasn’t my first time taking part in SXSW, but it was the first time I was on the SXSW Photo Crew team. I spent 7 days working on assignments during the festival. I photographed sessions and events for the SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, but the more challenging and memorable assignments were for SXSW Music. It was grueling for me working late into the night, but being such a music-lover, I’d definitely do this gig again!

Here are some of my favorite concert photography shots from the festival.

(top) Bonus Junk, (bottom) Cut Chemist with Mr Lif and Myka 9

(top) Mobley, (bottom) Keeper

(top) Twister, (bottom) Weaves

(top) Mantra, Matthew Logan Vasquez, (bottom) Jimmy Eat World

(top) Tokyo Police Club, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, (bottom) Panthéon Roccoco

(top) Pantéon Roccoco, (bottom) Ozomatli

(top) Ozomatli, (bottom) Residente

(top) Residente, (bottom) Agnes Obel, Albin Lee Meldau

(top) Maggie Rogers, (bottom) Charlotte Cardin, Rag’n’Bone Man


Raiya’s Annaprasan

I really enjoy being witness to special cultural rituals and being asked to photograph the family celebration of little Raiya’s Annaprasan was truly an honor and pleasure for me.

An Annaprasan is a Hindu rite of passage to celebrate an infant’s first intake of food other than milk. It is a big occasion for celebration, and extended family, friends and neighbors celebrated with the family.

Raiya’s grandmother prepared a small bowl of rice-based food and little Raiya’s uncle fed her a small spoonful. Other members of the family then took turns to give her a taste. The feeding ceremony also included a game, in which Raiya was presented with a tray containing a number of objects. These included a bangle or jewel, a book, a pen, coins and other items. Raiya’s future direction and prospects in life are indicated by the object which she preferred to hold and play with.

This event took a lot of planning and effort by Anamita, her family and friends.  Raiya’s big brother and sister were actively involved in the planning and activities throughout the event. Thank you Anamita and family for trusting in me to capture the special moments of Raiya’s Annaprasan.