Earlier, we introduced you to our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over fifty nominations, and our judges narrowed the field to these ten folks. Over the coming week-plus, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share with you five of their favorite concert photos and answering a few questions about their process and passion. Up next is Jon Gitchoff (who occasionally plies his wares for RFT Music), whose work can be viewed (and purchased) from his web site, www.jongitchoff.com.
See also: -The Ten Best Music Photographers in St. Louis: Meet the Finalists -Finalist Profile: Jarred Gastreich -Finalist Profile: Bryan Sutter -Finalist profile: Corey Woodruff -Finalist profile: Nate Burrell -Finalist Profile: Jason Stoff -Finalist Profile: Ben Fournier
RFT Music: If you had to guess at the ballpark number, how many concerts would you say you've photographed?
Jon Gitchoff: I've been covering shows for about three-ish years, so my best guess would be around 300 shows.
What makes a great concert photo?
Capturing the feel or emotion of a show. We only get to be there for a short period of time, so I'm always looking for those moments that best represent my experience in the pit.
What's the best thing about live music?
The best thing about live music is the chance to see something truly one-of-a-kind. I'll never forget seeing Bruce Springsteen cover Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie" back in '08 at Scottrade Center. That's only something the St. Louis tour stop got to see, and I'll cherish that forever.