Over at the Texas Observer, I got to interview North Texas punk rock photographer Vicious Velma for the September / October issue of the print magazine. We just published the story online:
In Vicious Velma’s world, concerts are primal and raw, rich with immediacy and spattered with bodily fluids.
Photographer Vera “Velma” Hernandez got her start shooting concert photography in 2014 at a Tulsa punk festival called “Fuck You We Roll OK.”
She recalled, “I took some photojournalism in high school, never really did anything after that.” She’d been working at a mall photography kiosk, but didn’t even have a camera of her own. Hernandez (Instagram: @vicious_velma) had to borrow one from her friend Jenni, who’d invited her to the show. It was at that weekend festival where she realized she’d found her calling: “I just kept it going after that.”
You can also follow Vicious Velma on Instagram.