I’m not trying to tell a story with photos. The people in the frame tell it themselves.
I’m looking for the spark that passes between people as they live and explore with each other. Here I photograph a 3-day summer music festival, and treat it like a small, outside-the-box, city. I search for that brief moment when the chaos of life balances itself with a certain indefinable order. There’s a story in that moment.
The story is like a myth hidden below the surface. It bubbles up from beneath. We may not be sure what it’s saying, but I think the job of the photo is to get us to look and listen. What does it tell you?
Mike Slurzberg is a portrait and documentary photographer, living and working in the Boston area. Mike has learned his photography in the trenches. making and cherishing mistakes, and learning photographers farther along the path, like Barbara Peacock and Stephen Faust.
In his documentary work, Mike goes backstage in people’s lives, photographing them where they gather to be themselves. He photographs hometown parades, political rallies, music festivals, summer days in the park, and sometimes just moments on the street. The goal is to let the subjects tell their own story.
His current projects include “Festival,” looking at the non-musical activities of people at music festivals, and a series about working life in small towns.
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