In life you learn as you get older, that cool people aren’t who you may have originally thought they were. Cool is a relative term and what you consider is cool will change as you grow. However when you interview people, you typically want to talk to people you admire. For the latest episode of our podcast Self Released Songs we spoke to music photographer Daniel Jackson, one of the coolest guys we know. A consummate photographer, Jackson has a passion for music like no one you’ve ever met and his work is just a small part of who he is.
Raised in a religious household, his story isn’t uncommon though it may be for those who were raised outside of the South. Fighting to hear music that wasn’t religious, his love of “secular” music began on the radio with arrant the passing of music by The Doors. Flashing forward to a fevered taping of college radio via Rice University, and you begin a passion so deep that he picked and chose what he would gravitate towards. Away from a chance record collection he would pick up from a party, his quest for his growing and expansive music tastes exists until this day.
Of course, the photography is where most people know his name from. Shooting everyone from the late John Prine to Miss Margo Price, capturing live performances from At The Drive In to U2, his work in music photography is unparalleled. The magic in his photography comes from who he is. More than a guy who’s mother played piano around the house, the core of his soul somehow comes out in all of his work. Whether it be the perfect moment from a concert or in how he frames a portrait, he draws out the best parts of whoever he shoots.
While you’re more apt to catch him in the crowd at a small venue, his work speaks for itself. Now with his photos featured in a new book “111 Places In Houston That You Must Not Miss,” he’s sharing his passion for his city with the world. It couldn’t happen to a better person.
You can purchase “111 Places In Houston That You Must Not Miss” here, and you can follow Daniel Jackson on all social media platforms under the name Listen Young Man. His episode of Self Released Songs can be heard on this website or wherever you stream podcasts. You can support the podcast at Anchor.
Image Credits: Photos by Daniel Jackson, Lead by Christa Michelle.