This portrait of Justin was taken in a brief moment of "ooh, that looks interesting - click." I'm completely shocked that its my favorite frame from the two-hour rehearsal he invited me to photograph.
Justin has been my neighbor for the past five years, and I sometimes wonder which of us is more of an Austinite. I may have lived here a bit longer, but he embodies what I think of as the spirit of this town. He's kind of a hippie, but he hunts wild game. He smokes his fair share of funny cigarettes, but is a reliable and hard-working musician, who believes in doing his homework before getting to rehearsals.
He may not have been around to see a show at Liberty Lunch or the Electric Lounge, but you'd swear he had when you listen to his voice or the songs he writes and performs.
Hindsight Lesson: Always bring a back-up camera. About 30 minutes into the rehearsal, I was adjusting the settings on the autofocus and managed to disengage it completely. After a minor panic attack, I switched to a different camera. It wasn't going to work quite as well for the low lighting in the room, but at least I could try to get something.