Portrait of Tabitha Spectra during her art gallery opening at Electric Haze in Worcester, MA
Sometimes a portrait falls into place at the most spontaneous of times. I had been photographing Tabitha at her art gallery and wanted a portrait of the artist. I grabbed two "assistants" to cross light her with LED video lights, set exposure against a shadowed background to create a black backdrop, and stood back with a telephoto and asked Tabitha to hold still while I attempted a "test shot." From start to finish: 5 minutes.
Portrait of Dani Mac with her fire sword
Corporate headshot for the Daily Hampshire Gazette
Outdoor portrait session with Jaimie
On-location portrait of Angil in New Jersey
Portrait of David at a Psikotics car show in New Jersey
"Give me your studliest pose next to your car..." David did not disappoint.
Environmental Portrait of Ivy from The Reliquarium
Ivy perched on the framework structure of a joint stage design project between The Reliquarium and Fractaltribe for Fractalfest 2017: Reflections. This photo had to be taken via remote shutter release, and using the camera's swivel LED screen, for safety reasons. The heat generated is hot enough to emit light in the UV spectrum. It's energetic enough to be a form of ionizing radiation and exposure can cause burns on sensitive tissue, like my eye's retina if I looked directly through the lens at it.
Adrian Feliciano provides photography coverage of live events for numerous organizations, including Fractaltribe in Worcester, MA.
Echo Mecca live at Disc Jam's annual summer festival
My friends Stephanie and Brad were booked to appear at a festival in upstate New York as Echo Mecca, and Artemis and I made a special trip to come out and see them. We planned to surprise them by having Artemis put on one of Charlotte Janowski's masks and channeling her inner weird creature as a dancing performer during their set. Needless to say, mission accomplished -- they were thrilled, and we all got to catch up after almost two years and several hundred miles between us.
View of the crowd at the annual Halloween Block Party in Athens, OH
Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal live at the Worcester Palladium
Lisa and Chris of Xentrifuge live at The Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Jeremy and Brad from Dude Man Bro, live on stage
HÄANA live at Wonder Bar in Alston, MA
Portrait of masked creatures for Charlotte Janowski's Art Gallery Presentation in Charlestown, MA
Artemis' red mask by Charlotte Janowski. Additional masks and facepainting by The Reliquarium.
Fire Performer and Flow Artist Photography
Adrian Feliciano is one of the most experienced photographers in New England among fire performers and flow artists with an ability to capture fire, light, emotion, and energy that is impossible to replicate.
Dani Mac practicing with fire fans at Wildfire Retreat
Dani was practicing with her fire fans at full speed on a crowded burn field for an upcoming conclave performance at Burning Man. The challenge of photographing a fire performer in a live setting comes down to getting good exposure from constantly moving light sources that grow dimmer quickly and frequently cross faces.
Portrait of Artemis, a Boston psytrance DJ and artist | artemismusic.art
Photographing Artemis with a background of real fire required a long exposure, two off-camera flashes, a fuel dump, a fire safety blanket, someone to handle a nine foot flame, and another person to act as the safety and extinguisher of flames (and people, if necessary), and a maintaining control over a sequence of multiple roles and moving parts.
Liz Arruda of Apogee Flow Toys
I met Liz at a NH festival. She showed up with a bright white LED hoop that worked perfectly as a light source with her pale skin and very light blonde hair.
Jack at a Fractaltribe event featuring Extrawelt at a secret factory location in Worcester, MA
The advantage LED lights give over fire is that they are a constant light source. Once exposure is locked in, it does not change. It's perfectly okay to record movement that crosses a performer's face when the light trails don't obscure it completely.