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Khruangbin Concert at Proof Rooftop Lounge

Every concert I get the opportunity to shoot is an absolute honor. I've been doing this a couple years now, and there are still moments in every set that it hits me just how lucky I am to be doing something that ignites passion and gratitude and amazement in my soul. But there were a few more things that made shooting last night's hometown show for Khruangbin even more special.

It was my last concert to shoot in Houston for the foreseeable future. This big city has cradled me and grown to feel cozier than I could have ever imagined possible. But tomorrow I head west for Los Angeles; a new big city of hopes and goals and fears and artists to shoot and lessons to learn and new faces to meet and grow familiar with. I'm not saying this is my last Houston concert shoot ever, but it feels more like graduating than either of my actual graduations ever did.

More significantly, the name of one of Khruangbin's albums, The Universe Smiles Upon You, has become a sort of mantra of mine. Over the last few years, I've dedicated myself to practicing positivity and mindfulness. As a natural born pessimist, it's a battle hard fought every moment of every day. It began slowly, a simple reassurance I'd repeat in my mind, and progressed to actually telling people the universe smiles upon them when they were facing hardship and success alike. It snowballed from there. Now I could sit here typing an avalanche of all the ways those words bring me clarity, and it would get weird and spiritual and scientific and philosophical and a lot of other things, so I won't (for now). Just know, the universe smiles upon you.

There are a handful of other reasons this show was so special to me, but let's be real, you came here for the photos (and I really should start packing). I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

To see more of my shots from other Khruangbin sets, click here.

Making Moves

This is me coping with the fact that I won't have a Houston address soon. This is also me taking advantage of this move returning my bedroom to the austere state I kept it in throughout high school (mattress on the floor in all its cozy glory).

My room was essentially my pseudo-studio from the time I began photography up until I left for college. And seeing that most of my friends reeled at the mention of shooting them, I became my subject. Thus, the era of "Kirby Takes Self Portraits" was born.

This room is where I shot self portraits that helped me develop my style. Learn how to devour and manipulate natural light. Explore expression and photography as a form of therapy. And create images that won statewide accolades.

So it only seems fitting to wrap up my time growing and learning in this room with a few more self portraits. It kinda feels right. It also kinda just feels like I'm in high school again.

Here's a handful of the images.