Tiki Heart in Kreuzberg. You can get Elvis Burgers, rockabilly and surf music, and tropical cocktails served in giant, 1-litre Bavarian beer mugs. I don't believe you need much more in life. On Sundays they have a music program called 'Acous-tiki' with live acoustic music. I was having a look at the flyer when a name popped out and hit me in the forehead like a banana flung from a tropical islander (more on flying bananas later): Anton Barbeau was to play live at Tiki Heart.
When photographing live music I prefer not to use flash, leaving the dramatic stage lighting to create my mood for me. However, since Tiki Heart has no stage lighting, I decided to use what was abundantly available to sculpt my images: bright colors, tiki masks and electric gray hair. I rely on slow shutter speeds and bounced fill flash to achieve shots which are full of vibrant color and swirling motion. Fortunately for me, Anton Barbeau waved his arms frequently, and in one song, coaxed the audience to sing 'BAAA-NAAAA-NAAAS!' along with him. He later informed me that this particular song has resulted in fans throwing bananas at him on stage from time to time. Sadly, the Berlin crowd didn't know of this fruity phenomenon--or perhaps the Bananas song. Shame, that would have been one helluva shot.
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