Yesterday, I was pretty bummed to hear about the passing of Slayer bassist, Jeff Hanneman. I've seen a lot of people sharing their Slayer memories today, so I thought I'd do the same.
Back in 2004, I had only been working with Blender for a little while, but it got me the chance to interview Kerry King (it was a bad interview) and also photograph Slayer when they played Roseland in NYC. Stoked.
I got there early and they made us stand in the bowels of the building behind the stage until the last three songs. It seemed odd, since usually it's the first three songs. We came out, they played Dead Skin Mask and Angel of Death. Even more stoked.
Then, they started playing the thunder intro for Raining Blood. Once they got into the main riff, it started actually raining blood from a pipe across the top of the stage. All the other photogs scrambled to put their gear away. Being young and in better shape than I am now, I took my shirt off, wrapped it around the camera and kept shooting.
From a technical standpoint, there's a lot to hate about the photos. I was using a 10D at the time, so ISO 800 was REALLY pushing. And I was using a Sigma 28-70 zoom lens that would back focus pretty hard if you didn't babysit. Still, I loved the photos and the show was incredible.
Here are some more photos from the show. Now please, go listen to Slayer as loudly as possible.