Summerfest

Summerfest

Rain or shine, pop or country, new or old, I saw and heard it all at Summerfest. From Luke Bryan to Alice Cooper and even Selena Gomez, I photographed every music genre over the course of eleven days at the world’s largest music festival right here in Milwaukee. It was an exhilarating week and a half running from venue to venue to shoot a show while hunting for features in between. Somehow I managed to never get stuck in (really bad) traffic, considering the tens of thousands of people visiting Henry Maier Festival Park in downtown Milwaukee on any given day. I even got the chance to photograph one of my favorite singers, Billy Idol, and see Kool & The Gang.

I’ve come to fall in love with street photography. Candid photos of interesting moments and people on the street is fascinating to me. Deep shadows and high contrast scenes are my favorite situations and I think the photos below reflect that taste. Summerfest was the perfect opportunity for me to work on my street shooting. I understand not everyone likes low-key photos but I’m a firm believer in doing what works for you!

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AMP30 – Selena Gomez performs at the Marcus Amphitheater during the opening day of Summerfest at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. CALVIN MATTHEIS/calvin.mattheis@jrn.com

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AMP30 – Selena Gomez performs at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP02 – People arrive at the Blake Shelton concert 

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SIDE07 – Mike D performs at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage 

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SIDE07 – Garbage performs at the Harley Davidson Road House Stage 

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Johnny Depp performs with the Hollywood Vampires performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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Alice Cooper performs part of the Hollywood Vampires performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE06 – Fans wave their hands in the air during the IshDARR performance 

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SIDE06 – A woman in the audience shields her face from the sun with a pizza-themed purse 

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SIDE06 – IshDARR performs at the Miller Lite Oasis 

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SIDE04 – BoDeans performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE04 – The Rise Against performs at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse

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SIDE04 – The Rise Against performs at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse

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A woman wearing a balloon headpiece walks along at the opening day of Summerfest 

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fest11 – A fest-goer carries two cups of beer during the final day of Summerfest 

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fest11 – A view of the Summerfest grounds under the Milwaukee skyline 

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fest11 – Camile Pozos(cq), of Milwaukee, wears a Summerfest hat his son crafted 

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July 4 fireworks burst behind BoDeans at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE04 – BoDeans performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE04 – A man listens to Indigo Girls perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion

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SIDE04 – Indigo Girls perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE03 – Randy Houser performs at the Miller Lite Oasis

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SIDE03 – Billy Idol performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE03 – Billy Idol performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE03 – Billy Idol performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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SIDE02 – Brian Fallon performs at the Harley Davidson Roadhouse Stage 

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SIDE02_ – KT Tunstall performs at the US Cellular Connection Stage 

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The annual Milwaukee fireworks display is seen during the fifth day of Summerfest 

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Fireworks burst over the Milwaukee skyline and Summerfest during the first day of Summerfest

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fest03 – Fest goers walk by the Water Street Brewery 

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fest03 – A fest goer walks the park during the fourth day of Summerfest 

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fest04 – A woman takes a photo at the entrance featuring a giant piano and drum set 

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fest04 – A crowd listens to Indigo Girls perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion 

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fest03 – Fest goers party to the music during a performance at the Miller Stage 

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fest02 – People in cowboy hats walk at the third day of Summerfest 

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fest02 – A child plays in a water fountain during the third day of Summerfest

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fest02 – Barbara Zimmer, of Waupaca, takes in the scenes 

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fest02 – A perform twirls her ribbon during the third day of Summerfest

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fest02 – “Joe Joe Big” takes in the scenes during the third day of Summerfest 

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People stand in the rain during the second day of Summerfest 

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SIDE01 – Fest goers stand in the rain before the Joe Jackson concert 

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SIDE01 – Fest goers put on ponchos to keep dry during the rain 

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AMP30 – Joe Jonas of DNCE opens for Selena Gomez at the Marcus Amphitheater

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AMP11 – Sting and Peter Gabriel perform at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP11 – Fans attend a Sting and Peter Gabriel concert at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP08 – Luke Bryan performs at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP08 – Luke Bryan performs at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP08 – Frankie Ballard performs at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP08 – Frankie Ballard performs at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP02_ – Blake Shelton performs at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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AMP02_ – Blake Shelton performs at the Marcus Amphitheater 

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fest03 – Women in cowboy hats walk the park during the fourth day of Summerfest 

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fest09 – People listen to a show at the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard stage 

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fest09 – Division BMX Stunt Team performs during the ninth day of Summerfest

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fest09 – People chat under the chairlift during the ninth day of Summerfest 

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fest07 – Fest-goers are seen in the reflection of a puddle after a brief rainfall 

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fest07 – A street performer sings on a corner during the seventh day of Summerfest

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fest06 – People order lemonade during the sixth day of Summerfest 

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fest04 – Seagulls fly around a Summerfest flag during the fifth day of Summerfest 

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 Nyeema Saint Preux, 7, and her friend Anaya Crosoey, 8, show off their face paintings 

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fest03 – Fest goers take in the scenes while having a bite to eat 

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fest04 – Steven ‘King Juice’ Jackson takes a puff of his e-hookah 

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SIDE06 – Local Milwaukee DJ ‘Mr. New York’ performs before the IshDARR performance 

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SIDE11 – Jana Kramer performs at the US Cellular Connections stage

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