Patrice Jackson – Image by Bridget Russell
I’ve always been a fan of rock photographers. Some favorites are Jim Marshall, Bob Gruen, and Eddie Kramer. These photographers had all-access to legendary bands such as The Stones, Sex Pistols, Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. I currently admire the work of Danny Clinch; he has done some excellent work with Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Beastie Boys, and Tupac, to name a few.
When I started Rollo & Grady, I shot all of the live shows for the blog. Having no previous experience, I realized how difficult it was to capture a great live shot. I didn’t follow the rules, basically blinding musicians with my flash. After a year or so, I decided to let professionals handle the photography for the site.
Last year at SXSW, a mutual friend introduced me to Patrice Jackson during Warpaint’s show at the Red Eyed Fly. She was full of energy and wearing a Daniel Boone hat. We discussed music and it turned out we loved the same bands, especially JEFF The Brotherhood. Not having seen any of her previous work, I asked her on the spot to shoot the festival for me. When she sent me the photos a week later, I was floored with the shots that she had captured. She went on to shoot JEFF The Brotherhood for me last April.