THE MERCH TABLE PROJECT

Birmingham, Alabama | Atlanta, Georgia

  The merch table at the show by Thelma and The Sleaze at The Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, Alabama on January 12th, 2017. / DSmithScenes

The merch table at the show by Thelma and The Sleaze at The Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, Alabama on January 12th, 2017. / DSmithScenes

Merch tables are an important part of any show or concert...

When I photograph a show or concert, I notice a lot of things. I notice the lighting, the stage design, the crowd, and the general atmosphere. I also notice the merch tables set up by the artists performing at that particular show. Merch tables represent a lot of things to the artists and their fans. They are a way for fans to further support the artists, and they are a way for artists to further get their message out to the public, whether it be through t-shirts, buttons, albums, or other items.

That is not even mentioning the financial benefit artists can receive for having an effective and captivating merch table. A merch table can be a lifesaver for a band on the road that needs every penny available to get to the next town and do the process all over again.

I decided I wanted to do a project that focuses on and documents the merch tables at the shows I photograph. My goals of this project are to capture the design, the look, the approach, and the feel of these merch tables. Some are pretty straight forward, while others have a more creative and expressive feel and aesthetic.

This will be an ongoing project with no real end or closing date in mind. I basically just want to see where this takes me and how many different merch tables I can show off in the process.