What started as a hobby to provide a visual reminder of sitting close to his favorite rock bands eventually became much, much more.
“I always felt there was a major difference between taking pictures and “capturing” the feeling of actually being there” says Ron. “The results of a great shot should make anyone feel like they are right there, front row center, enjoying the show the way I did. This also means the performer must also look like they are giving 110 percent. It should be the way they see themselves. It is a tough combination. Not as easy as it seems. In the age of digital, everyone takes pictures. This to me is only half the story.
You should also have a business sense, patience, timing, be able to adapt and adjust in seconds, a little luck, and most of all, know your subject. My hats off to all music photographers who continue to capture these images throughout the years, and to the photographers starting out who want to do the same.”
In his 25 year career, Ron Akiyama has shot for Bruce Springsteen,Bon Jovi, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Megaforce Atlantic, Epic Records, Overkill, Anthrax, Ace Frehley,Testament, Megadeth, Kings X, Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats, White Lion, Ron Akiyama has contributed and photographed for top magazines such as (Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Guitar for Practicing Musician, Spin, Circus, Metal Hammer, Metal Edge) and many other worldwide publications.