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"Who's Behind The Lens?" – An Interview With Sophia Ragomo

With an expansive portfolio including iconic names such as Bishop Briggs, Grouplove, Temples, SWMRS, Foxygen, and many more, photographer Sophia Ragomo is completely taking over the music scene with her stunning and unique film-based photos. Personally, I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now and was ecstatic when she agreed to a feature on Pure Nowhere. Each photo perfectly captures the emotion and nostalgia of each show, and whether it be digital or Polaroid, she never ceases to amaze. In our interview she talks to us about why she got into photography, her top tips for photographers trying to break into the business, and her dream tour. It also includes a large collection of Sophia’s all time favorite photos, so read on!


BISHOP BRIGGS

BISHOP BRIGGS

TEMPLES

THE ORWELLS 2

THE ORWELLS

1. Hi hello so how & when did you first get into photography? And what inspired you to start shooting concert photography specifically?

My earliest memory of photography is when my parents bought me a point-and-shoot digital camera when I was around 7 years old. It was Easter time and I remember taking photos of everything in my Easter basket. I didn’t do a lot of photography throughout the rest of elementary school and middle school, but in high school, I took a darkroom class and that’s what rekindled my interest in the medium. I went on to take digital photography and after that, I had the ability to join newspaper or yearbook as a photographer. I ended up doing newspaper for my junior and senior years of high school as a staff photographer and then photo editor. During senior year, we were putting together a piece on a band made up of students that attended our school called The Greeting Committee. We needed photos for the spread and the band was stopping through on tour with Kitten that night. I was able to go and take photos of the show and then I knew that music photography was what I wanted to pursue.

THE KILLS

THE KILLS

THE HUNNA

THE HUNNA

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

2. Who was the first band you ever took photos for and how was that experience?

The Greeting Committee was the first band I ever photographed, which was a really special experience for me because I had attended all of high school with them. After high school, I moved to New York and they got to open on tours with Misterwives, Andrew McMahon, and Judah and the Lion, so it was really cool to see how we both grew in our careers. This past summer, I met back up with them in Philadelphia while they were on tour and it was awesome to reconnect and take photos of them again.

THE GREETING COMMITTEE

THE GREETING COMMITTEE

MISTERWIVES

MISTERWIVES

K.FLAY

K.FLAY

BLOSSOMS

BLOSSOMS

3. At what point did you realize that this is your passion? Your photos are so incredibly amazing, do you plan on pursuing photography as a career? Or just a hobby?

The first time I took photos at a show was when I realized that this is what I wanted to do as a career. I remember feeling more excited about photography than I ever had in the past. It was my senior year, and I had known for a little while that I wanted to pursue photography, so I had already applied to schools in New York to study it and received most of my decisions. I wanted to work in fashion photography at the time, but I remember not really knowing where I wanted to go to school yet. Figuring out that my passion was actually in music photography helped me to decide on a school and feel more excited and motivated about my job in the long term.
THE ORWELLS 1
GROUPLOVE

GROUPLOVE

FOXYGEN

FOXYGEN

4. If you could go on tour with any band, who would it be!

If I could tour with any band in the world, it would be Foo Fighters. They are one of my all-time favorites and Dave Grohl seems like one of the most down-to-earth, honest people in music right now. Other bands that I would love to tour with would be Paramore, Sundara Karma, Grouplove, Courtney Barnett, The Lemon Twigs, PVRIS, The Orwells, or The Struts.

LUKE SPILLER OF THE STRUTS

LUKE SPILLER OF THE STRUTS

ZAC FARRO OF HALFNOISE AND PARAMORE

ZAC FARRO OF HALFNOISE AND PARAMORE

HANNAH HOOPER OF GROUPLOVE

HANNAH HOOPER OF GROUPLOVE

5. What’s your all time dream, like that one defining moment that would make you think “wow I made it”? 

A defining moment for me would be shooting with either Foo Fighters or Paramore. Those two bands have been some of my favorites since for a while now. Also, if/when I get to shoot a cover story for a major music publication, that would be a huge thing for me.
BLAENAVON

BLAENAVON

NIGHT RIOTS

ALT-J

ALT-J

6. What would you tell someone trying to get into concert photography? Any tips or advice? 

To people trying to get into concert photography — definitely shoot anything and everything you can. Many small venues have more relaxed camera policies, making it easier to build a portfolio. No opportunity is too small and you never know who you may meet on the job! Also, think about what makes your work different. Concert photography is a highly saturated market, so finding ways to distinguish yourself is key!

SWMRS 2

SWMRS

SWMRS 1

SWMRS

7. Who’s in your go to playlist! 

My go-to playlist is a mix of my favorite British bands, such as Blossoms, The Amazons, Wolf Alice, and Blaenavon! I also have been really into Nothing But Thieves’ most recent album “Broken Machine” lately.

WOLF ALICE

WOLF ALICE

SUNDARA KARMA

SUNDARA KARMA


Huge thank you to Sophia for taking the time to talk to us and putting together this amazing collection of photos, and to you, for taking the time to read our articles and support artists all over the world. It amazes me, the amount of talented and dedicated people that are all around us. Here’s to helping them live their dreams.
(Also check out Sophia’s personal website here: http://www.sophiaragomo.com/)

Article by Kyla Rain

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