COVID-19 has made a huge impact on many people all across the world, and its put many people out of jobs and at some high risks etc. So here at The Vinyl we wanted to celebrate the insanely talented creators in the photography business. We are celebrating the Concert Photographers, the Lifestyle Photographers, the Wedding Photographers, the Wildlife Photographers and every other type of Photographer behind that camera that brings such joy to the eye.
INTRODUCING MATT TORRES!!
The Vinyl: Please introduce yourself and tell us your primary photo location(s)?
Matt Torres: I’m Matt Torres – I run Soundazed.com. I primarily shoot shows in DC, MD, and VA area but thankfully have had an opportunity to cover major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Lollapalooza, III Points, Roskilde, and others. I also film a monthly cooking series with Candice Henry of Candi Entertains.
TV: How did you know that being a photographer is something you truly wanted to do, and what/who are some inspirations you may have had/have?
MT: Music has always been a major part of my life and I learned photography/editing skills in high school. Throughout undergrad, going to shows and festivals became my preferred activity if I were ever going out or planning time away with friends. Around the same time, Zedd was touring heavily and had an amazing photographer RUKES. I was so inspired by his work and opportunities he was aligning and really wanted to try it out for myself. It just felt like a natural progression. I started Soundazed as a Tumblr page for creative edits of iPhone photos of events I was attending and eventually, it grew into a website and everything else that it is now. Photography is very important to me but only one element of what I’m doing currently. Outside of music, I’m inspired by modern/abstract art and architecture.
TV: What equipment is a must-have for you no matter where you are going to be working? What does your typical photographing setup look like?
MT: I love my 24-70mm lens, it has worked so well in various settings. For festivals, I definitely always need a 70-200mm and also recently have started using glass items for distortions.
TV: Now that Concerts/Festivals/Events/ Social Gatherings(weddings, reunions, family portraits etc) /Sports etc are being cancelled/postponed all over the world due to COVID-19, how are you finding ways to stay creative?
TV: Once all this (hopefully) goes away, what are some of your plans to get back to a somewhat “normal” schedule?
TV: What are some of your favorite creative pieces/photos/opportunities yo
MT: Thank you to our medical professionals for standing in solidarity on the front lines, at times risking their own health and the health of their families, in order to fight this pandemic. Thank you to all of the restaurant workers, small businesses, delivery drivers, USPS, sanitation workers, farmers, grocery store employees, and people tirelessly working every day to ensure things are still running. If anyone reading is able, please consider donating to Feeding America https://www.