A singer and keyboardist, local rock photographer Mara Robinson started shooting bands in 1999 and has been published in various national and international music publications including Paste
, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. She received some significant local attention when she shot the most recent Lottery League concert. She's photographed acts such as the Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Sean Lennon, Dinosaur Jr., Pixies, the Replacements, Sloan, Blondie, Guided by Voices, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Built to Spill, Lightning Bolt and Kurt Vile. On Friday, Aug. 7, Space:ROCK, the gallery located next to Beachland Ballroom, will open a show featuring her photos from festivals like Riot Fest, Pitchfork and Nelsonville. Photos of acts such as Neko Case [pictured], Sean Lennon, Dinosaur Jr. and Ezra Furman will be also featured.
A reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on opening night. "She is a rock photographer possessing the prophetic sense of placement, the ability to command mutable lighting, and the engineer's superior angle; Mara captures an entire album's worth of sound, pain, life and sweat in an instant," says local rocker Eric Michael Sebastian Schulte in a press release. "She sees those that are only heard. She has the tools, the respect, she commands the medium and the moment. Musicians love Mara because she can do what genetics failed to do... make us look good." Just this year, Robinson and her husband Jason, who plays in the local acts Bwak Dwagon, Banging Fragiles and Kong Sauce, started the music publication Blown Speakers