Daniel Martin Moore: Accidental favorite subject
A couple years ago, I went down to The Dame to shot a performance by Lexington native and roots cellist (there’s a description you don’t see everyday) Ben Sollee.
Opening, and later performing with Sollee was a singer-songwriter I was unfamiliar with, Daniel Martin Moore. But it turned out I got some of my favorite shots from the show of him, including the counter-intuitive one to the right. I remember being sort of relegated to the sides of the stage to shoot this concert. Since it was a quiet show, people weren’t getting up and dancing, so in a venue like The Dame, which is now closed, popping up centerstage would have been obnoxious to say the least. Being that close, my tendancy would have been to pull out a wider lens. But instead, I felt myself zooming the 80-200 in to isolate Moore and his guitar in that intimate performance.
It was a style that was affirmed when I grabbed a chance to go shoot a set by Moore, whose new album is In the Cool of the Day, at CD Central last weekend. Walter Tunis has a wonderful account of this performance in his story about Moore in today’s Herald-Leader. As he says, it was literally an unplugged session, which meant we photographers needed to keep our noise and movement down, almost like a classical concert – no running around in front of the stage, like the night before at Avenged Sevenfold. So it was another occasion to focus on the intimacy of Moore’s performance – which included a haunting rendition of It is Well With My Soul.
CD Central gave Moore a beautiful stage for the performance too, situating him under this lovely chandelier. Walter talks about music being an internal experience for Moore, and fortunately for a photographer, he expresses that externally with his head often back and his eyes closed. This time around I knew Moore, and now I know I really like shooting his performances.