Who Me?

Halloween 1973

Name: Ray

Lives in: Vancouver, WA – right across the bridge from Portland

Dogs: Willow, Bronx & Lola [Border Collie mixes & Aussie]

Photography Bucketlist: Willie Nelson!

Music: Not much for the Pop world, gimme Rock n Roll

Digital or Analog?: Both but I am very partial to my growing vinyl collection

Favorite Bands: In no particular order… Clutch, Motorhead, Willie Nelson, Failure, Autolux, Murder City Devils, Hank Williams III, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, High On Fire, Neurosis, The Bronx (Mariachi included), Zeke, Black Sabbath (Ozzy, Dio and Gillian versions), Six Feet Under, David Bowie, Firehose (not Firehouse), and on and on. I could be here all day writing this. I also love movie scores and soundtracks, especially horror films. A few of my favorite scores include Hellraiser, The Omen, the Alien series, and Passion – The Last Temptation of Christ by Peter Gabriel.

What I do…

These are a few of the milestones that shaped my love for music…

I am primarily a Wedding and Portrait photographer and I spend most of my time shooting in that world (see my other site: RayLundrigan.photography), but in my free time, I like to go back to my roots, which is concert photography. My love for photography was mostly shaped by my love of music, at least initially. My photography career began by going to see bands and learning how to use my camera in typically bad lighting scenarios, but it was a world I understood. Below are a few things that shaped my photography…

  • My love for music started in the 1970’s when my parents bought me a Beatles record – it was actually a double album called Rock & Roll. It was a release purchased in Spain and contains songs like Back in the USSR, Get Back and Drive my Car. I still own this album.
  • The next few records I fell in love with were Chuck Berry’s London Sessions, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Greatest Hits,  and a K-Tel compilation record that had songs like Charley Brown and Blue Moon.
  • The next step in my music development came in 1978 when I went over to a friend’s house and he had a Kiss poster on the wall and was playing Pink Floyd’s The Wall. That Kiss poster was scary and intriguing all at the same time. It was then that I realized that music was not just audio based. Music now had visuals for me. I spent the next few hours listening to The Wall and analyzing the gatefold.
  • The first album (on cassette) I ever purchased myself was AC/DC’s Highway to Hell and it was bought at Mirabelli’s in the Park Lane Mall in Reno, NV. I spent a lot of time flipping through records in this store over the next few years.
  • My mom was a huge music fan and taught me a lot about the history of where the music I was listening to came from. In the early 80’s I was really into bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, and Van Halen and my mom made sure to let me know where the roots of all these bands came from. One night, while I was listening to AC/DC’s ‘If You Want Blood, You Got It,’ my mom came into my room with a stack of records under her arm. The one that really struck a chord was John Lee Hooker’s ‘Endless Boogie’ because I then realized where AC/DC’s riffs came from. She also put on a Little Richard album, which was mindblowing to me. Man, the energy that came through those speakers was massive.
  • My parents allowed me to go to my first concert in 1982, which was Ozzy Osbourne with Axe as the openers. This was right after Randy Rhoads died so I saw Ozzy with Brad Gillis. It was both a scary and electric experience. The ticket to the show was $9.50 and I bought a t-shirt for $8.00. That was the beginning of my concert-going lifestyle. Shortly after that show, I saw Ted Nugent with Blackfoot, Chep Trick with Payola, and ZZ-Top with Quiet Riot. I was hooked on live music! Oh wait, my second concert was Chuck Berry at the MGM Hotel in Reno. My dad took me and my friend Lance. I was so surprised that there were so many “bikers” at this show – I was not expecting this but it eventually made sense. Man, were they rowdy!
  • It only made sense that years later, in Las Vegas, I would play in a few bands (Constant Moving Party and Scrubs) for about five years.
  • Regarding photography and bands, my first show with a camera was The Bronx and The Killers in Las Vegas. It was 2003. I didn’t care at all about The Killers, I was there for The Bronx so I only have photos of them.

Feel free to reach out to say hi, comment on a post, or let me know about a band I should go see. Just email me from the Get In Touch section above and I’ll get back to you.