Tell us a little more about you in your own words (what you like, what instrument [if any] you play, etc).
Photographer of Jazz, jazz artists and jazz artistry.
I'm a product of the legendary "Jamaica Funk" music wave that originated in Jamaica, Queens (NY) back in the early 1970's when funk, contemporary jazz, rock and R&B fused to become a unique alternative to the Motown and Beatles sounds we heard so much on the radio. Our music was at the cutting edge of jazz. As part of a hot, dynamic four piece horn section supported by strong rhythm and vocals, I learned there's more to jazz than what meets the ear. Visualization of the many moods and colors created in music ultimately transcends the sound. I was soon introduced to a new "instrument": the DSLR camera. The management of sound transformed to the manipulation of light. I found my music background to be extremely valuable when attempting to capture the intensity of a musician's expression. The anticipated climax of a musical phrase can reverberate forever in a photograph.
Currently I am an event photographer. A large number of my assignments consist of photographing jazz performances and festivals where my camera becomes my instrument and I get to perform along with the artist. This position has given me the unique opportunity of photographing many prominent personalities and events, including arguably the "greatest show on earth" in modern history: the inauguration of our 44th President of These United States, Barack H. Obama.
My camera of preference is the Sony Alpha 700 equipped with a 2.8/70-200G lens and an F828 Cybershot as backup for special shots. Why do I choose Sony? The world can afford to be seen from a different view. And that seems to be the common denominator in my life - looking at things from another perspctive.
My photographic images have been featured and can be viewed at several internet jazz communities (Google Search: Leon P. "Sealey2k" Sealey).
I've always believed JAZZ to be more than just music. It's a way of life; a subculture. You recognize it when you see it, you recognize it when you hear it.
And the answer to the obvious question is - Yes. Sometimes I do hear my sax "calling me", but for now I prefer to keep my mouth shut with eyes and ears open.
To better serve you, tell us about your music connection.
I'm interested in this group because I do some video work as well as music. My video extends into experimental ranges,and I'm trying to think of new ways to put video together with music. Let's stay in touch!
hahaha, as far as Vancouver is concerned. It could be the worst city anywhere for Jazz support but it's a hockey town. Not a world class city at all. And there's no outside circuit within a expensive ferry trip or a five hour drive.
You want to work much in Jazz in Canada you have to go east. Vancouver is also transient and has very little feeling toward art or culture.
It's great for skiing, boating, biking, hiking. you'd think it would be alright for playing and singing because they have (ings) but sadly ... no.
Hello Leon, and thanks. I will do so ASAP as I am still getting use to the navigation. Mike's been very helpful in that regard. In the mean time, I do have a growing photo album and some stories in my Blog area.
Jimmie Bleu asked me to shoot his Jimi Hendrix tribute show (some of those pics are posted). I shot Nikki's Janice Joplin performance that night. I was taken by her energy, emotion and passion. I'm very pleased that my images captured her as I saw her through my view finder. Hopefully, those who view my images have the same take.
I saw the comment you made to Aziza about your relocation. I hope the decision brings you a life that you are seeking. Please stay involved with us & spread the word about our great community to your friends in Atlanta. ~ Mike