Rhythmic Ceremonial Ritual

Mixed Media, August 2018
Original. 54 x 40.5″

Back in 2018, I purchased two one-day tickets to the highly anticipated Austin City Limits festival, eagerly anticipating performances by mega-bands like Metallica, The Deftones, and Disturbed. However, fate had other plans in store for me. Shortly after receiving my tickets, I unexpectedly received two additional wristbands in the mail, but this time they were three-day passes. Although initially unsure of what to do with the extra passes, I took it as a sign and decided to attend all three days of the festival. It had been years since I had immersed myself in this music, and I felt compelled to pay homage to the bands that had accompanied me through moments of heartbreak, unconventional parties, and existential ponderings during my high school years.

This image captures a pivotal moment during the festival when Metallica’s anthem song, “One,” reverberates through the crowd, igniting a surge of energy and unity. The perspective of the artwork places the viewer in the heart of a newly formed mosh pit, surrounded by strangers moving in synchrony to the pulsating music. I aimed to preserve the dynamic sense of movement that characterized the original photograph while also exploring the subtle interplay of light and color as it cascades onto the crowd from the stage.

Through this image, I seek to encapsulate the electric atmosphere and collective experience that can only be found in the midst of a powerful live performance, paying tribute to the enduring impact of music on our lives.


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Dimensions 54 × 40.5 in
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