DSmithScenes Music Photography and Cultural Photography
Music Photography and Cultural Photography by David A. Smith
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The Merch Table Project

Photographs from "The Merch Table Project", which is an ongoing project to document merch tables at concerts.

THE MERCH TABLE PROJECT

A collection of images from merch tables from various concerts and shows

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.

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