gibson hazard written by Sadie Bell photography by Jeremy Miller
Los Angeles-based music photographer Gibson Hazard had never picked up a camera before his high school photography class— a class that he actually hated. At the time, Hazard was too busy thinking about baseball to be focusing on aperture, composition, and depth of field. After a number of injuries that hindered his baseball career, though, Hazard found himself with a lot more time on his hands to spend behind the lens and discovered that this could be an opportunity to make photography the new thing in his life that he was passionate about. “I found myself with a lot of free time I never had, so that’s when I started really going to concerts and getting interested in the music scene,” Hazard said. “I realized I could kill two birds with one stone by going to concerts and taking pictures there to fulfill my [class] requirements. I remember getting hooked on it after getting to shoot one of my favorite artists at the time, Sammy Adams’, show.
After documenting show after show, Hazard realized that photography could become the passion that was missing from his life now that baseball was no longer an option. And since then, Hazard has found that photography and videography are the pieces currently in his life that continually ask him to improve, evolve, and reach consistently higher heights— even after just starting out a few short years ago by faking press passes. Hazard said, “Once I realized I had a passion for concert photography, my full focus shifted from baseball to figuring out how to get into as many shows as possible—” meaning quite a bit of hustling in order to get where he wanted to be. “I don’t think people realize how many shows I had to shoot for free to be able to get to where I am right now. Just like anything else, concert photography takes a ton of practice,” said Hazard.
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