Explore Our World: Multiple Paths to Get to Know Us - https://mailchi.mp/cc9f3e2b6b57/explore-our-world-multiple-paths-to-get-to-know-us
www.robertdownsphotography.com ROBERT DOWNS
For many an artist, creativity is in the genes. Photographer Robert Downs is a compelling example of just that.
His creativity springs from both sides of the parental well. Downs' mother was a graphic artist and father a photojournalist for more than forty years with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution which is where they met. "I used to beg my father to take me to work with him on the weekends," Robert remembers. "My job would be to carry all the staff photographer's cameras to the football field and pick
up film at half-time. I got to use a camera as a reward and dump my film in with the rest of the guys. Whether it was or cruel joke or just fate, my shots started showing up in the paper. I was 13 when I scored the front page of the sports section. It was then I knew that I wanted to be a photographer." Over the past 17 years, Robert Downs has sustained that dream making a living combining art and commerce with clients ranging from the Los Angeles Times and Sony Pictures to Kaman Music, SKB, Audix Microphones, and Dean Guitars. His work has been featured extensively on covers and editorial spreads for for Drum! and DRUMMER magazines, plus a host of the world's top drum companies such as Pearl, Gretsch, Tama, Bosphorus and Zildjian. He's also photographed some of the top musicians and bands on the charts including Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Public Enemy, Slipknot, MUSE, The Cult, and many more.
Explore Our World: Multiple Paths to Get to Know Us - https://mailchi.mp/cc9f3e2b6b57/explore-our-world-multiple-paths-to-get-to-know-us
Transitioning from Summer to Fall: Embrace the Changing Seasons - https://mailchi.mp/23a723af187a/transitioning-from-summer-to-fall-embrace-the-changing-seasons
Rebelution x3 SOLD OUT.
The Tubes were so good.
TAKING CARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT TAKE CARE YOU, BEST INVESTMENT YOU WILL EVER MAKE.
From tour dancers to sound technicians, the superstar made sure each worker on her show received a bonus
Empowering Local Artists: Complimentary Photoshoots to Elevate My Communities Most Creative. - https://mailchi.mp/c21fa3820ccc/empowering-local-artists-complimentary-photoshoots-to-elevate-my-communities-most-creative
I like photographing drummerZ… I also like playing those drums. Tracking with my beautiful Gretsch Kit. 🙂
GREAT PUNK SHOW IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.
On play at my house.
Sad news today.
Sinéad O'Connor had struggled for years with her mental health, and had recently announced plans for new music and a tour
Unstoppable: Our Journey Together Continues - https://mailchi.mp/025594fd68e4/unstoppable-our-journey-together-continues
CREATED A VISION BOARD TODAY:
ODDLY IT’S OF THINGS I HAVE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED IT HAS EVERYTHING FROM AROUND THE WORLD SHOOTS TO BEING ON STAGE WITH THE WHO.
I WANT MORE… I FEEL LIKE I HAVE JUST BEGUN
ROCK AND ROLL.
WE ARE ON THREADS!
WE ARE IN THREADS. :)
COME SEE ME
(If yur a Veteran)
SPECIALITY CLINIC B
LONG BEACH | CALIFORNIA
Things That Go Boom In The Night - https://mailchi.mp/d091eb41ed16/things-that-go-boom-in-the-night
FIREWORKS SHOW outside of the HELLS ANGELS clubhouse on the Lower East Side of NY. Happy 4th!
Blood work done, just waiting on my FBI clearance and I will be joining my team at The Long Beach VA Clinic to deliver a V.I.P. experiences to our Veterans when they come in for their appointments. I AM A VOLUNTEER.
TUFF SUBJECT, BUT HERE I GO:
It's been kinda tuff times this year for a lot of people, especially freelancers and artists. I am no stranger to tuff times and have had to eat my fare share of RAMEN NOODLES while everyone else is out and about having fun.
I WANT TO SAY YOU ARE OK.
I think social media makes it extremely hard for people who are struggling. We look around these pages and view everyones perfect lives and feel bad about ourselves NOT being on an exotic vacation or full of smiles with that group at the fancy restaurant.
Dharma Shakti reminds us weekly that "comparison is the thief of joy" and it is especially true on a holiday weekend. I can promise you right now that it is impossible to truly see someone via social media and you are hurting YOURSELF by trying.
1. Develop a certain uniqueness about your personal situation and be happy with it. EXAMPLE: I love to watch Svengoolie on Saturday nights. I now call it "Bad Horror Movie Night" it's awesome and it is completely free. Everyone is welcome and it is very unique.
2. Use your social media to HELP you feel better. When I am down about things I love to scroll through MY many awesome photos. My photos are captures of when my life was more the way I preferred it to be, BUT mostly they are a reminder that life does not stand still. If I am "low" I look at my last adventure (a European photoshoot a whopping three months ago and am reminded that life is a circle and I will be back to that soon).
3. Check out all the FREE things to do near you online. There are tons of things that wont cost you a cent in your neighborhood or nearby city. I take bus adventures to other neighborhoods like Chinatown or Japantown. I usually just people watch, but I might treat myself to a fresh moshi for a few dollars.
4. Take on a personal project at home. Cleaning my house up (even though I hate it) makes me feel great and clears my mind. I like to put on some "UP MUSIC" and break out my air guitar in the process.
5. Don't be ashamed to take a handout. When I was in art school I was a pro at this. I would show up at Betty Cousars (John Cousar's Mom) around dinner time now and then. I was fully aware of the large jar of ham in her fridge for sandwiches. I am sure she was aware of my situation too. Let people love you, let people save the day, it's as much a gift to you as it is to them.
6. Be honest with everyone. "Ya man, that sounds good, but I am kinda strapped for cash at the moment and would rather not charge things..." IT IS OK. "I don't really have extra cash for a gift right now, I wish I did, but I dont, maybe I will skip the party". IT IS OK. I know my friends could give a crap, they love me so much, and they know I would understand if the shoe was on the other foot.
7. Low on cash for me usually means more time on my hands. SO if you REALLY REALLY want to do something and get out of your head VOLUNTEER. I am going to say that again, VOLUNTEER. I know a hospital full of our Veterans that are eating by themselves that would love some company and maybe want to tell you a story or two. WATCH as your problems fade away, and be humbled by those who dealt with unimaginable problems (like getting eaten by a tiger in the jungles of Vietnam... true story).
8. CALL ME BRA! I love hearing from you and will always have your back.
I LOVE YOU.
REMEMBER YOU CAN HOLD YOUR BREATH SO MUCH LONGER UNDERWATER THAN YOU THINK.
I LOVE THIS SHOT OF JIMMY: When PUNK was PUNK at Trash and Vaudeville on St. Marks in NYC.
WE WANT YOU SO BAD ON IG: WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU.
to be back with Voluntary Service at the VA in Long Beach, CA. My new duty is working in the clinic just outside the ER making OUR VETS feel comfortable in all aspects of their visit.
I AM SO HONORED TO BE HERE FOR YOU.
Welcome to summer! Get ready for sunshine, relaxation, and endless adventures. - https://mailchi.mp/5c83d272e45b/welcome-to-summer-get-ready-for-sunshine-relaxation-and-endless-adventures
ONE GRID AT A TIME. NEW GRID AT ROBERT DOWNS PHOTOGRAPHY ON IG. FOLLOW US!
ON PLAY AT MY HOUSE.
FEELING GOOD AROUND HERE...
ON PLAY AT MY PLACE:
On Play At My House.
That time in the car wash with Britt Lightning.
That tine in Europe with Alice Cooper's string section... :)
Time spent with Jackson Browne.
Anyone else catch Van Halen live? They don’t make ‘em like THAT anymore.
PHOTO BY: BILLY DOWNS AJC
How many time did you read that?
I remember when DAD put that NIKON F in my hand as a kid, I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Sounded like a machine gun (4 frames a second), but took photos. WOWWWWW!!!!
Oddly, Dad didn’t want me to be a photographer, it’s taken a while to understand why… I think like most parents, Dad wanted something better for me. EVEN WHEN it was the coolest job on the planet. He knew it would be hard, and honestly he was right.
Dad came to visit me at Jerry Burns studio one day.
The studio, my oasis, was filled with magic lights, huge cameras, and massive sets under construction I’m sure it was overwhelming, Bill Grant had us very busy that week…
Dad turned to me and said “you knew more about photography than me when you were thirteen…” it’s the greatest compliment I have ever received.
So I continue.
TA-DA! A.I. GENERATED BACKGROUND… is it live for is it memorex?
Los Angeles, CA
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Robert Downs calls himself a photographer, but his real job is turning light into gold. Whether shooting drummer Tre Cool for a magazine, or documenting the players behind an exciting tech startup, Robert aims to capture the vision and skill, as well as the authenticity and magic, of each subject.
He comes by his photographic gifts naturally, with creative genes and inspiration from both sides of his family. His mother was a graphic artist who made design awareness a centerpiece of his childhood. And, his father was a photojournalist for more than forty years with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. He’s literally in the family business.
"I used to beg my father to take me to work with him on the weekends," Robert remembers. "My job would be to carry all the staff photographer's cameras to the football field and pick up film at half-time. I got to use a camera as a reward and dump my film in with the rest of the guys. Whether it was or cruel joke or just fate, my shots started showing up in the paper. I was 13 when I scored the front page of the sports section. It was then I knew that I wanted to be a photographer."
For nearly 25 years Robert has pursued that goal by combining portraiture, live event photography and editorial images that document the activities of client companies. His customers have ranged from the Los Angeles Times and Sony Pictures to Zildjian Cymbals, CBRE, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and CCIM . His work has been featured extensively on covers and editorial spreads for Drum! and Rhythm Magazine as well as Total Guitar and AMP in the UK. Robert works directly with some of the top musicians and touring bands on the charts including Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Public Enemy, Slipknot, KISS, The Cult, and many more.
Robert finds far more similarities than differences between shooting rock stars and corporate leaders. “They both travel in the same air,” he says. “They’ at 50,000 feet.” Robert says. “Their time is valuable so I’m sensitive to that stress. Their images must communicate a specific and authentic identity. I am trying to capture that through imagery.
Robert Downs is a force of nature. Spend three minutes in his presence and you see his switch only has an up position. He’s always present, attuned, and ready to get to work. I caught up with him after a recent trip to shoot corporate executives in Silicon Valley with a detour to shoot a rock band in the central Valley.
Hood: You’ve shot loads of rock stars for magazine covers but you’ve also shot other subjects, including portraits of businesspeople in industry, biotech, high tech. What’s the difference in those two kinds of environments?
Downs: It’s like a parallel but similar universe. Obviously, there are differences. With a company they want to communicate their values, mission, and vision. But some of these people are rock stars in their field. They operate in the same air as stars. They fly at 50,000 feet. The thing that ties them together for me is that I want to deliver. That’s the first job if you’re a pro. You deliver great images for the client.
Hood: So, what do you deliver to make clients happy?
Downs: I think with a more corporate or executive client they want to communicate ability and confidence through images. They want to show their honesty and authenticity. So, whatever I can do to get that from them is what will work.
Hood: Which clients are more demanding?
Downs: Well, people are fascinated by entertainment stars. People will ask me, "What are these stars like? What’s Travis Barker like? What’s the band KISS like?” And what I’ve come to see is, these people have a lot to deal with. They have a demanding life. They have families and spouses and kids and mortgages and parent-teacher meetings. Sure, some of them have loads of money. But they have all the stresses that you and I have. And then they have to get on that plane and go out and be rock stars.”
Hood: You mentioned Travis Barker. You shot him at least three or four times for covers.
Downs: “When I was younger I learned a tremendous amount working with Travis. He’s busy. But he and I have sort of a thing going on. I know when I shoot him to show up at least an hour early. His drum kit is already set up and I get everything ready. When he walks in he always says, ‘Hey man, you ready?’ And I say right back, ‘Hey man, yeah.’ We get to work. I shoot him at the kit and then he’ll move to another location and I’ll shoot some options for the cover. He gives me 30 minutes tops. But it’s clear he demands a certain level of professionalism from me and shows me the respect needed to get a good shot. I really appreciate him.”
Hood: Do you prefer shooting those kinds of magazine covers or boardroom portraits over live photography or more editorial kinds of shoots?
Downs: Well, I like it all, though I’ve obviously shot a lot of people. For instance, telling the story of a company going public is a lot like documenting a band being on tour. I’ve done biotech and medical shoots that were great fun because you tell a more complex story with the photography. There is a narrative revealed in the images.
I love factory tours, or corporate portraits shot in environmental locations. It allows you to add color and movement to what might be a fairly static story otherwise. You have a chance to show more sides of the story when you get to where they do their real work.