Steven Nunez is a 19 year old from North Center, one of Chicago's 77 community areas located just west of Wrigleyville. Currently a student at Columbia in Chicago, Steven's stunning concert photography has separated him from other photographers in the Chicago scene.
****All pictures included in this article are taken by Steven Nunez****
HM : When did you get into photography?
SN : "2015, I was a sophomore in high school. I was inspired by G-Eazy's personal photographer and was a huge fan of G-Eazy at the time. I noticed he had a personal photographer; I didn't know that was a thing and I was like, ‘Man, I want to do that.’ Like just the idea of documenting someone's whole career. I understood looking at the photography from it, how important it was, you see the growth through his work.
I was in a program called IB sophomore year, and we had this thing called Personal projects where you get to pick whatever you want and it's a couple month long project. So I chose photography just to see if I was good at it. It was kind of an excuse for my mom to get me a camera.
We were at the Mall of America in Minnesota and I was like, 'Can you get me a camera because it's for this project.' I told her, I really feel like I'm going to be good at this. She was kind of doubting it, and was really unsure about it.
You know how kids are? Let’s say a kid tries jumping into something. If it doesn't work, it's going to sit around and then it’ll end up being a waste of money. But I was really sure about it and she bought me a Canon Rebel. I did the project and from then on I was really passionate about it.”
HM : What makes a photo “good” to you?
SN : Honestly, I think what makes a good photo is when you get a feeling from it. If you look at it and you're like, man, that's the one, you know.
Talking about formal aspects; obviously what makes a good photo is down to the basics like composition, tones, lighting, shadows, depth of field, all of that.
You could say photos possibly come out the same, you can literally come out with bangers every show, no matter how simple the lighting is, how simple the production is, or how dead of an artist it is.
There's so many factors to a show. The vision is really what makes a good photographer, you make the best out of any situation that you get. Even outside of music photography as a journalist in general, if put in a certain place, you can make the best work ever. It's not really what the content is, it's how you shoot it with your vision.
It's your perspective."