“At first, I was trying to find my place, because there were other creatives around with their own things to do. But after a little bit, I felt very comfortable. I said to myself, ‘All right, you’ve been doing this, you can do this. This is your favorite thing in the world.’ And I had no reason to feel nervous. Working with my mentor, Kevin, made it even easier, because he gave me liberation and trusted me to do my thing.”
Pre-show moments with the band were brief, but extraordinarily valuable for Benry. As an earnest people person, and in line with his two-way photographic process, it was a chance to understand these musicians on a human level.
“I wanted most to make them feel at ease. They truly define Southern hospitality and charm, making a connection very easy. I remember enjoying the photos we made together. Then the concert itself was very special. A truly great experience.”
Having worked in venue hospitality, Benry is no stranger to performing artists. Often on the other side of the stage, though, or in a much larger space, he found the new challenges thrilling.
“The atmosphere was very intimate,” he recalls. “That’s what I liked most. That’s the kind of space I love to create in. With a concert, there are many elements out of your control. I couldn’t give the band direction, instead I kept looking for the moments of real connection, then framed my images there.