Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Londono.
Carlos, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve always had an interest in photography. It started off as a small hobby — taking shots of my friends and nature. I spent night and day learning the ins and outs of the camera and researching photography styles. In 2004 my friend got credentials to the Velvet Revolver show at Avalon in Boston. Knowing I was into photography, he also hooked me up with a photo pass. That night changed everything. It was after the Velvet Revolver show I decided to merge my two passions; music and photography. I started the Boston Scene, a music review and concert photography e-zine. It was the Myspace days, and the Boston Scene quickly gained a presence online. I started covering more shows and bigger names, like Slipknot, 3o Seconds to Mars, Audioslave, and even shot at Warped Tour and Ozzfest.
A move to California put The Boston Scene on hiatus but my enthusiasm for photography continued with fashion, lifestyle, and landscape shots. Fast forward 10 years and I am back on the east coast, now with a family of my own and my new company, Rockstar Culture, where I get to continue working with record companies and artists doing what I love most, capturing music moments in time.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has taken me many, many years to build solid connections in the music industry. Aside from that, the other major challenge has been time. I’m a father, husband, employee, and photographer. Finding the time for my passion and building Rockstar Culture has been challenging. There are often times one of those roles has to take the back burner.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My passion and specialty is live music photography. I’m really proud of how far I have come as a photographer. I am able to work with some of the biggest names in the music industry and capture raw, real moments on stage. I’ve managed to combine my two biggest passions in life: music and photography.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
I can’t do anything without music, so I would have to say my top app would be Spotify. Music motivates me, helps me concentrate, and I use it as a business tool to discover new bands.
- Website: www.rockstarculture.com
- Instagram: @rockstarculture
- Twitter: @LondonoPhoto
Carlos Londono for Rockstar Culture