What's up, folks? My name is John, but my friends call me Gravey -- Saul Gravey, and I am a digital artist & photographer currently based out Akron, Ohio -- land of LeBron James, DeVo, and (seriously) the best damn cheeseburgers on "BOB"'s Green Earth -- Swensons FTW!!!
It's hard to remember a time when I wasn't taking pictures of something; I got my first camera (a hand-me-down Ansco 126) sometime around my ninth birthday & started sneaking it into concerts a few years later. By 21, I'd worked my way up to capturing live performances legally - first as a staff photographer & eventually photo editor for a Las Vegas based publication.
Sex, horror, rock n' roll... What more could a guy ask for?
I've gotta admit, over the years, I've had a blast, but it wasn't always Jägerbombs & cheese fries... I've been run out of photo pits by overprotective bouncers, and held hostage by redneck, backwoods mechanics; I witnessed the great Slipknot-Mushroomhead feud of 1999 direct from the front lines and, at one particularly low point, had all my equipment & back film archive stolen from my home while away on vacation... You seriously can't make this stuff up.
On the other hand, I've also partied like (and with) a team of rock & porn stars, and could totally tell you tales of backstage exploits that rival those found between the tattered, whiskey-soaked pages of The Dirt, but a gentleman never tells...
And, besides, I'm saving those for my own book.
Realistically, though, I'm not getting any younger; I'm creeping past the wrong side of 40, have legitimately cheated death 23 times, and somehow managed to live another day, so now might be a good time to transition into something a bit more laid back; to spend time capturing the beauty in every day life, be it portraits, cityscapes, nature, whatever...
Let's get together & make something to remember!