Photographer Robbie Sweeny

“With photographing performances I find myself falling into a strange bond with the performers. Alas for the most part it is a one way bond, but through editing hundreds of images of a performance that may last a mere 30 minutes, I find myself staring at these moments that change incrementally. It’s like watching a movie in slow motion; I catch these tender moments that sometimes no one else will ever get to see, where an artist is lost in their passion, fully absorbed into an expression. I feel I am blessed to witness these moments. As I shoot and edit images, I look out for tiny gestures and expressions that frame an image – a tilt of the wrist a certain way, a momentary facial expression that can convey the exact thoughts of an artist, whether it be intentional or not. I never focus on having an image be an exact representation of a performance, as I can never replicate that through a photo, something an artist has painstakingly pieced together through lighting, timing and a million other long thought out elements of a piece. I feel my job is to delve into the piece and find my own truth in it. My images can be a times intentionally blurry and obscure but are always dramatic. This is how I see the world.”

-Robbie Sweeny

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Pictured is “David Glamamore” and “Jerry Lee” from the show “Work More”

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