Pandemonium at a live show does not only occur on stage, it also transcends to the audience, with the music and the performers’ collective energy seemingly possessing the crowd. The result is pleasurable chaos. Through each song, the audience engages in a dance that places much regard for rhythm and little attention to elegance in movement, and it’s perfectly fine. In fact, they wouldn’t have it any other way. Such is the unwritten rule of rock, punk, and indie music; people naturally move in a manner that makes sense to them, fueled by jangly guitars and catchy rhythms.
As a photographer, I find beauty in this seemingly primal reaction to sound. The crowd’s rather unconventional dance often carries even more vigor than than that of the performers, which I find remarkable, as it conveys the sizable influence that music has over its listeners. For true music fans, not a lot of things can keep them from partaking in a lively energy exchange with their preferred singers and bands, certainly not rain nor petty whims. It’s an enduring lifestyle that perhaps holds any music scene together.
Tomi Saputra (b. 1990, Indonesia), showed interest in literature at a young age. This fascination would extend to his high school life, applying simple narratives to his images when started learning photography in 2005 while using a Symbian phone’s VGA camera.
In 2010, while studying Visual Communication Design at Universitas Komputer Indonesia, he took photography more seriously, learning street photography and photojournalism in the process. He worked as a photojournalist in 2013 for a local newspaper in Pekanbaru, where he explored black and white photography and how to tie it in with digital technology.
In 2016, Tomi received an EyeEm Award for photojournalism. His work was exhibited in Berlin, Germany and featured in the official 2016 EyeEm Awards compilation.