i love music and i love people. i am a photographer and a musician.

michael winter = photographer + musician

Capturing each image with detail and crafting a unique style; every scene paints a feeling of surreal life. This is my brand.

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My favorite Portland band: MACHINE

 

My favorite Portland band: MACHINE

I’ve known Eric for years now, ever since the days of wrenching on our air-cooled Volkswagens together in Anacortes, Washington… Ahhh, bloody knuckles and whiskey gingers. Anyway…

They were luck enough to hop a ride down to SXSW this year, but before they left I was able to catch them during an in-studio performance at KBOO, and as always, I brought my camera.

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Machine is Portland duo Madeline Mahrie & Eric Stopke. Their blend of heavy rhythms and fuzzed out piano create a sound that grabs your attention until the last notes ring out from her Marshall stack. This Machine kills eardrums… Wear earplugs.

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If you’re a fan of doom-folk songstress Chelsea Wolfe, or garage punk rock legend-in-the-making Teri Gender Bender, you WILL LOVE THIS BAND.

http://www.facebook.com/Iammachine

(If you look closely you’ll see Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil hangin’ out…  They’re another AMAZING Portland band!)

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Vivian Maier – Her Discovered Work

Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work

It’s funny how inspiration takes form… People, places, sounds, and in this case, a youtube video I stumbled across.

Check out this awesome story. It inspired me to go out and shoot medium format film, of people and places, and stick the undeveloped rolls of film in a shoebox under my bed for a few years until I can afford to get them developed… 🙂

But seriously, this is a great story. Click the image above to jump to the link.

“Vivian Maier was a nanny and a street photographer from the 1950s – 1990s. Vivian’s work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives (90% of her work), thousands of prints, and countless undeveloped rolls of film.”

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The Buckles

The Buckles

The Buckles are (l-r) Pete Wolfe, Willard Bethje, Rusty Blake, and Harley James.

Portland, Oregon band The Buckles brand their music as Bakersfield-Liverpool, performing hard-core twang right out of the playbooks of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

I was asked by my friend and steel player of The Buckles, Mr. Harley James (yes, that’s his real name…) to take some band photos. I had been to his house before and fell in love with his music room! Stepping into that room is like going through a time-warp… A mid-century modern lovers dream!

Basically I took shots of 3 different setups, working the subjects to get expressions, good composition and pose. No fancy lighting either. Just a strobe bounced off the ceiling and adjusting the throw accordingly.

The Buckles

The Buckles

The Buckles

The Buckles

The Buckles

The Buckles

The Buckles

The Buckles

Going on tour? Bring your camera.

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Josh Roberts and the Hinges

The thing that makes me nervous about bringing my camera on tour is the obvious: “What if?” What if someone breaks into our van and steals it? What if I get too drunk, set it down somewhere, forget about it, and lose it? The truth of it is: These are all SERIOUS reasons and will likely happen, so be mindful of your sh!t!

On tour I carry a Nikon D50 with a kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 lens. It’s not a full frame and the higher ISO settings SUCK. I work around this problem by using a mono pod. Best investment EVER. It’s super handy for minimizing camera shake, and I use it a lot to get different perspective. Example: Get your exposure setting where you want it, set the swivel (if your mono pod is equipped) to the approximate angle to get the coverage you need, set the timer, hit the shutter, stick that puppy up in the air and hold it steady till it clicks. Then take a look…  Might take some trial and error, but you will get some really cool perspective shots that you wouldn’t get otherwise.

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Ken Regan, Photojournalist Trusted by Celebrities, Dies

Ken Regan was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones on several tours in the 1970s and Senator Kennedy’s unofficial personal photographer in the last four decades of his life.

Ken Regan was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones on several tours in the 1970s and Senator Kennedy’s unofficial personal photographer in the last four decades of his life.

If you grew up listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, or Bob Dylan like I did, you probably went and sought out their biographies… Like I did. Many of the photographs that you see in those books were taken by this man; Ken Regan.

As both a photographer and a musician myself, I love bringing my camera to shows. But I’m not there to mainly shoot the performance. I get there early, looking for the shots of musicians loading in, checking out the venue, setting up, and I go introduce myself to them. And of course I shoot the show, but I love capturing the essence of life when bands are not on stage, doing the same routine night after night. I know what it’s like, cuz I’ve been there. When I’m on tour, and we pull up to the next venue, I have a feeling of tranquility. I check out the place and soak it all in: the smell, the imagery of the landscape, the new city. There’s also a sense of anticipation that starts to build up. These are fantastic emotions to capture, and Ken was a champion at that.

In a 2010 interview with “Culture Brats,” an online fan magazine, Mr. Regan was asked what makes a picture special. Aside from esthetic choices involved in composition and lighting, he said, “If you’re able to capture an image that nobody else has, then that’s what makes the image important; that’s what people are interested in. You see hundreds of photographs of rock artists on stage, but do you see them on their plane? Do you see them at home? Do you see them backstage? And those are the things that I always wanted to do.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/arts/ken-regan-photojournalist-celebrities-trusted-is-dead.html?_r=0

i play pedal steel in a rock band… it’s awesome.

Hi. My name is Michael Winter and I play pedal steel in a rock band. Here’s a little info:

TRUCKSTOP DARLIN’

“Truckstop Darlin’ comes out of the amazing music scene of the Great Northwest, more specifically, Portland, Oregon. Despite being loud and thundering, Truckstop Darlin’ wear their hearts on their sleeves; if Wilco grew up listening to Lucero’s harder moments, it might sound something like this. Their live shows are a sweaty, fist-pumping riot soaked in cheap beer and whiskey and while most bands who fall under the alt-country umbrella focus more on the country part, Truckstop Darlin’ keeps their amps turned up. These boys play honest, driving rock n’ roll.”

Or something like that.

Here’s a video of us playing live at Dante’s in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to Ben Blankenship for creating the video…  You rule.