A Few Minutes With… Rudy Lu

April 3rd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Rudy Lu

Rudy Lu (photo by Cheri Bordelon)

Interview and story by J Hunter
Photograph of Rudy Lu by Cheri Bordelon
All other photographs by Rudy Lu

To paraphrase CBS-TV’s version of Sherlock Holmes (not to be confused with BBC’s version, “Sherlock” – which is WAY better), I’ve had success in my avocation not by what I’ve done, but by whom I’ve met. I consider myself phenomenally lucky that the photographers who’ve put flesh on my words not only know their way around a camera, but also know the physical and emotional intangibles that cement the connection we feel with music and musicians. Of the many things Rudy Lu gets, he gets that connection. Rudy and I have been working together since 2008, when he shot one of Terence Blanchard’s numerous performances at Skidmore College, and I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve collaborated since then. And not to get too inside-baseball here, but there’s a feeling amongst Nippertown writers that if Rudy’s shooting your show, whatever you do will definitely look real good!

Now, believe it or not, composing a good photograph (from a physical standpoint, anyway) doesn’t take more than a little thought and an understanding of spatial relationships. Trust me: If I can do it, anybody can do it. But to know when that moment happens, and see an element in that moment – a look, an expression, an intensity – that elevates a picture above a snapshot is something that only comes from long experience and an understanding of what’s happening, both to the performer and an audience. Take a picture of a guitarist playing onstage? QED. Take a picture of a guitarist when he’s playing a note that’s so good that it brings the crowd to its feet (and then taking it without your camera flying out of your hands or getting knocked over by a rabid frat boy)? Not so simple. Rudy Lu does it time and time again, and there hasn’t been a set of photos he’s shot for me where there isn’t at least one shot that makes me mutter, “God damn it, why can’t I do that?”

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ArtBeat: Hudson Celebration in Saratoga Springs

March 31st, 2014, 10:00 am by Sara
A photgraph of the Clearwater Sloop by Rudy Lu

The Clearwater (photo by Rudy Lu)

Opening Thursday (April 3) at the Niche Gallery in Saratoga Springs is Hudson Celebration, an exhibition featuring fine art photography by Nippertown’s own Rudy Lu as well as artwork by Frances Gaffney, Patricia MacDonald, Matt Chinian and Kitty Trimarco.

The show is a benefit for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization that works tirelessly to preserve the Hudson River and educate a new generation of environmental leaders.

The opening reception is slated for 5-8pm on Thursday (April 3). The show is up through April 30.

The Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageRamblin Jug Stompers