sonder.

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk. - The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
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Photos contest #4: We Are the In Crowd / “All Smiles”
I’ve got another photo giveaway to pair with my recent shoot of We Are the In Crowd at the 5th Annual Glamour Kills tour.
I’ll be giving away one of my most popular WATIC photos ever - a snapshot of Tay smiling at the crowd at the Orlando Warped Tour this year. I’ll be giving away two copies to two different people.
This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.
So here’s what you need to do to enter:
1) Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption. Doing so will disqualify you).
Plus, if If you choose to enter via tumblr: Reblog at least one of your favorite WATIC photos of mine (find them here). I’ll be checking!
2) Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet
About my site: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing and food/landscape/travel photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.
On October 23, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 
Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 
Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!

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Photos contest #4: We Are the In Crowd / “All Smiles”

I’ve got another photo giveaway to pair with my recent shoot of We Are the In Crowd at the 5th Annual Glamour Kills tour.

I’ll be giving away one of my most popular WATIC photos ever - a snapshot of Tay smiling at the crowd at the Orlando Warped Tour this year. I’ll be giving away two copies to two different people.

This is an excellent little memento for you fans of We Are the In Crowd: I only have two copies right now, and I want YOU to have them.

So here’s what you need to do to enter:

1) Follow me (tumblr) and reblog this current post (DO NOT remove this description/caption. Doing so will disqualify you).

Plus, if If you choose to enter via tumblr: Reblog at least one of your favorite WATIC photos of mine (find them here). I’ll be checking!

2) Follow me (Twitter) and retweet this tweet

About my site: I post original concert photography and music writeups, in addition to my general writing and food/landscape/travel photography. If you want to see my huge catalog of concert photos, head to sonderlife.com and click “Music” under the categories tab. You can also search by band tag.

On October 23, I’ll throw all the usernames into software that will pick one at random. I’ll do this twice. 

Doing either of the above gets you an entry; doing both gets you two. That’s the max – no reblogging all day for extra entries. Open only to domestic (United States) fans - sorry, but I just can’t afford sending these internationally right now. I’ll notify the winner on whatever network that their entry corresponds to. 

Good luck! If you don’t win this one, there will be more!

Anonymous asked:
You have a very insightful intelligent voice that I dont think any 23year old dudes I know have! Do you think voice is important to a story? And how do you use your voice to show your characters personality?

Sometimes I think that my voice is the only thing I have going for me, so I’m probably biased when I say voice is supremely important to a story. Voice seems to be the soul of a story - it’s what gives it that special flare. One of the reasons that I re-read and so thoroughly absorbed Kerouac’s On the Road (one of my favorites) is because it oozed voice. So voice is something I’m pretty conscious of when I write (it’s the biggest reason why I decided to re-write 70 percent of my novel).

I tend to use voice as a way to echo my character’s psyche. In one piece I wrote, the protagonist was searching for a loved one who left him years ago, and it was implied he had been traveling in pursuit of her since. I used the voice of the piece to kind of highlight the loneliness he experienced (which amusingly also utilized the concept of sonder to the same degree). For my novel, the voice is both my own and that of protagonist Jake Hughes, and the world is described in a sort of erratic, no-holds-barred way.

8 / 8 Rumor Mill
I was talking to Tay after a show once, and I joked about how they stopped closing with “Both Sides of the Story.” She said that it was a good switch up because closing with Rumor Mill gave it more of the attention and oomph it deserved. For me, there are a handful of WATIC songs that I think would fit as a closer, but “Rumor Mill” does earn its wings. Like “The Best Thing,” it’s an aggressive song with a big, booming, satisfying presence, especially in its drums. The brief intro/buildup to the song has always built up the hype in their live shows, whether they were opening or closing with it.

At this year’s Warped Tour, the band closed with “Rumor Mill,” and Tay would often climb down into the trenches across the barricade to sing directly in fans’ faces. It was a photographer’s field day because it was a great opportunity to capture interaction, smiles on everyone’s faces and people who are crazy into music. And really, isn’t that what it’s all about? Being crazy into music? Duh-doy. “Rumor Mill” is a great crazy into music song, so go and shout out the lyrics at the next WATIC show.
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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.
Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.
See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

8 / 8 Rumor Mill

I was talking to Tay after a show once, and I joked about how they stopped closing with “Both Sides of the Story.” She said that it was a good switch up because closing with Rumor Mill gave it more of the attention and oomph it deserved. For me, there are a handful of WATIC songs that I think would fit as a closer, but “Rumor Mill” does earn its wings. Like “The Best Thing,” it’s an aggressive song with a big, booming, satisfying presence, especially in its drums. The brief intro/buildup to the song has always built up the hype in their live shows, whether they were opening or closing with it.

At this year’s Warped Tour, the band closed with “Rumor Mill,” and Tay would often climb down into the trenches across the barricade to sing directly in fans’ faces. It was a photographer’s field day because it was a great opportunity to capture interaction, smiles on everyone’s faces and people who are crazy into music. And really, isn’t that what it’s all about? Being crazy into music? Duh-doy. “Rumor Mill” is a great crazy into music song, so go and shout out the lyrics at the next WATIC show.

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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.

Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.

See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

7 / 8 Both Sides of the Story
Like “Never Be What You Want,” this song has had some staying power. WATIC used to close with this one all the time, just like All Time Low closes with “Dear Maria, Count Me In” or Yellowcard closes with “Ocean Avenue.” But it’s recently been shifted around. “Both Sides” was the band’s first music video, an endearing string of people “finding out” things intercut by the band playing on a rooftop. Like “Never Be What You Want,” this EP song has a big bounciness to it.
My connection to this song is pretty surreal. I’ve heard it live countless times, and most of the time it’s been to close the set. So when the drum track kicks in, and everyone screams “If this is what you think it honest, honestly,” it tends to spell “goodbye” in my mind. There have been times I’ve heard this song when the crowd is overwhelming – you can’t even hear Tay singing that line. It’s just people consumed by the song, singing along to it deafeningly. For a lot of their shows, it was the last time for fans to get all the singing out of their system. Until recently.
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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.
Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.
See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

7 / 8 Both Sides of the Story

Like “Never Be What You Want,” this song has had some staying power. WATIC used to close with this one all the time, just like All Time Low closes with “Dear Maria, Count Me In” or Yellowcard closes with “Ocean Avenue.” But it’s recently been shifted around. “Both Sides” was the band’s first music video, an endearing string of people “finding out” things intercut by the band playing on a rooftop. Like “Never Be What You Want,” this EP song has a big bounciness to it.

My connection to this song is pretty surreal. I’ve heard it live countless times, and most of the time it’s been to close the set. So when the drum track kicks in, and everyone screams “If this is what you think it honest, honestly,” it tends to spell “goodbye” in my mind. There have been times I’ve heard this song when the crowd is overwhelming – you can’t even hear Tay singing that line. It’s just people consumed by the song, singing along to it deafeningly. For a lot of their shows, it was the last time for fans to get all the singing out of their system. Until recently.

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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.

Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.

See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

6 / 8 Kiss Me Again
OK. This one is a hoot. It’s light-hearted and cute. It’s been a staple of a We Are the In Crowd set for a few years now, especially after making a splash with the goofy music video featuring Alex from All Time Low. If you don’t clap along to the beat, what’s wrong with you, bro?
I’ve seen this song performed all up and down the east coast, from Holmdel, New Jersey to Atlanta to south Florida, and it generally coaxes the same reaction out of concertgoers. People get into the groove, dancing, or at least swaying. My favorite is the couples who slow dance to it. Can I get an “aww”
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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.
Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.
See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here. 

6 / 8 Kiss Me Again

OK. This one is a hoot. It’s light-hearted and cute. It’s been a staple of a We Are the In Crowd set for a few years now, especially after making a splash with the goofy music video featuring Alex from All Time Low. If you don’t clap along to the beat, what’s wrong with you, bro?

I’ve seen this song performed all up and down the east coast, from Holmdel, New Jersey to Atlanta to south Florida, and it generally coaxes the same reaction out of concertgoers. People get into the groove, dancing, or at least swaying. My favorite is the couples who slow dance to it. Can I get an “aww”

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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.

Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.

See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here. 

5 / 8 Manners
The music video song of the set. The one that the band has to include because, well, they just came out with a music video for it! A slower, more low-key jam. It’s got that poppy edge I mentioned earlier – the “whoahs” in this song are so easy to sing along to, it ain’t even funny.
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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.
Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.
See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

5 / 8 Manners

The music video song of the set. The one that the band has to include because, well, they just came out with a music video for it! A slower, more low-key jam. It’s got that poppy edge I mentioned earlier – the “whoahs” in this song are so easy to sing along to, it ain’t even funny.

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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.

Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.

See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

Introducing new “Americana” category on sonderlife.com

I have enough of an interest, and photograph enough of the subject, to warrant introducing a new category to the website: Americana.

From Wikipedia:

"Americana refers to artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States.[1][2] Many kinds of material fall within the definition of Americana: paintings, prints and drawings; license plates or entire vehicles, household objects, tools and weapons; flags, plaques and statues, and so on. Patriotism and nostalgia play defining roles in the subject.”

Mid-century Americana is a near-drug to me in how much I get wrapped up in it. I love it. While the cars are my most-photographed subject, I have an eye for spotting and photographing the architecture as well. Broadly, I would say my area of interest ranges from the introduction of Art Deco in the United States in the ’20s, to the waning of the Pop Science! kind of stuff in the late ’60s.

Content of this subject will be tagged as “Americana” henceforth, and I may go back in my history and tag older posts for the sake of consistency.

Enjoy.

(Source: sonderlife.com)

4 / 8 Never Be What You Want
This song off of the band’s debut EP is the bomb dot com – it’s been included in almost every set I’ve seen We Are the In Crowd play. For good reason, too: It has a strong message and is an easy song for those who are unfamiliar with the band to jump along to.

Flash back to 2011, to an earlier iteration of the Glamour Kills tour. The Ready Set is headlining, with the Downtown Fiction, We Are the In Crowd and You, Me, and Everyone We Know supporting. This was before WATIC released Best Intentions, as well as the first time I had ever seen them. They played “Never Be What You Want” at that show, too, and it was just as bouncy and energetic then as it was at this show. It was one of my first impressions of the band’s live performance, and it stuck. It’s a great rally song, to get people into the mood, and I’m glad that the band continues to include it in their sets because it’s just got fun in its blood.
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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.
Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.
See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

4 / 8 Never Be What You Want

This song off of the band’s debut EP is the bomb dot com – it’s been included in almost every set I’ve seen We Are the In Crowd play. For good reason, too: It has a strong message and is an easy song for those who are unfamiliar with the band to jump along to.

Flash back to 2011, to an earlier iteration of the Glamour Kills tour. The Ready Set is headlining, with the Downtown Fiction, We Are the In Crowd and You, Me, and Everyone We Know supporting. This was before WATIC released Best Intentions, as well as the first time I had ever seen them. They played “Never Be What You Want” at that show, too, and it was just as bouncy and energetic then as it was at this show. It was one of my first impressions of the band’s live performance, and it stuck. It’s a great rally song, to get people into the mood, and I’m glad that the band continues to include it in their sets because it’s just got fun in its blood.

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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.

Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.

See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

3 / 8 Attention
One of my favorites on the album, this song is about as pop-punk as you can get. It’s catchy, anthemic and plays to the album’s theme in the chorus (“We’re all just weird kids in the end”). One of the draws to We Are the In Crowd for me has always been their ability to balance a pop hook with the pop-punk style of music that’s dominated the last six or seven years of my life, and that’s showcased more than ever in “Attention.” It’s like Team Rocket in every episode of Pokemon ever – it blasts away. 
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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.
Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.
See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

3 / 8 Attention

One of my favorites on the album, this song is about as pop-punk as you can get. It’s catchy, anthemic and plays to the album’s theme in the chorus (“We’re all just weird kids in the end”). One of the draws to We Are the In Crowd for me has always been their ability to balance a pop hook with the pop-punk style of music that’s dominated the last six or seven years of my life, and that’s showcased more than ever in “Attention.” It’s like Team Rocket in every episode of Pokemon ever – it blasts away. 

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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.

Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.

See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

2 / 8 Reflections
It’s the first domestic tour the band has played “Reflections” on, so it’s a nice surprise for fans who have seen them before. “Reflections” mirrors “Better Luck Next Time” off of Best Intentions as an album closer with spunk. The main hook of Tay chirping “destiny is overrated” certainly appeals to my sensibilities.
We Are the In Crowd’s tour cycle since Weird Kids came out means a whole new set list chemistry – interestingly, the band’s first tour after their break to record the album was on their own headlining tour, which granted them longer sets. On that tour, they showcased newbie songs such as “Long Live the Kids” and “Manners,” while still peppering in lots of older songs. With their opening slot on the GK Tour, the compressed set time means out with the old, in with the new. As someone who saw Best Intentions dominate their sets for two years, it’s a good new vibe to see fresh songs.
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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.
Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.
See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

2 / 8 Reflections

It’s the first domestic tour the band has played “Reflections” on, so it’s a nice surprise for fans who have seen them before. “Reflections” mirrors “Better Luck Next Time” off of Best Intentions as an album closer with spunk. The main hook of Tay chirping “destiny is overrated” certainly appeals to my sensibilities.

We Are the In Crowd’s tour cycle since Weird Kids came out means a whole new set list chemistry – interestingly, the band’s first tour after their break to record the album was on their own headlining tour, which granted them longer sets. On that tour, they showcased newbie songs such as “Long Live the Kids” and “Manners,” while still peppering in lots of older songs. With their opening slot on the GK Tour, the compressed set time means out with the old, in with the new. As someone who saw Best Intentions dominate their sets for two years, it’s a good new vibe to see fresh songs.

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I’m giving away a WATIC photo print. See the details here.

Follow me for more photos from the Glamour Kills tour.

See all my photos from the Glamour Kills tour here.

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