In downtown Modesto last November, I photographed country musician Craig Morgan. I found a hundred reasons for waiting to publish the pictures, and really, I am not trying to hide my motivations. I think that they will be clear by the end of this song.
Morgan performed at the Gallo Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Originally, I had planned to photograph Morgan and his band a second time before publishing any photographs. These images were taken on the West Coast in early November. I was going to photograph him and his band again on New Year’s Eve in Washington, D.C. for The Concert for Epilepsy. I did not make it to the East Coast last Winter.
Because I was going to see them again the following month, I was able to have better access than I might normally have at a concert. I was able to stay longer too. I stayed until the end. I took pictures from the last row of the top deck.
I took pictures from behind the stage. I watched when Morgan went into the audience and brought the audience onto the stage.
I was close enough that I could see the makeup and faded blue jeans. If the Central Valley air were still clean, I could have seen Bakersfield by the light of fans’ smiles.
Morgan appears to enjoy his job as much as his fans appreciate him. Before he committed to his music career, he served in the US Army for 10 years . He continues helping military families and personnel. Morgan helps children. He helps people in transition. Morgan also discusses the importance of helping our veterans who we are in danger of committing suicide. Since my father committed suicide and since November 22, 2014 is International Survivor Day, I thought today would be a good day to post some old pictures and thank a musician for making my journey a little better.
For more background on this post, read Post Notes.