view from the pit

2018 – Another season has come and gone at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo., which means it’s time for the 5th annual Photo Pit Gladiator portraits, #PitGladiators! This is always a fun project, an opportunity to shoot & edit ¬†outside of my ‘norm’ – portrait, candid, & action shots of the guys and gals I’m fortunate enough to share the venue pit space with at every show I shoot at the amp. It’s a special place that I feel humbled to be included, and when I’m not focused on getting my performance shots during the ‘3 songs & out’ rule, these folks make the evening fun, with their humor, grit, friendship, & witnessing the dedication to their assignments to servicing the bands & fans in attendance. Next time you head out for a show, if you see any of these knuckleheads, please give them a high five and the respect they deserve, but please.. do not feed the Gladiators! Enjoy.

2018 Photo Pit Gladiators

Scott L.
Adam ‘Rat’
Scott T.

Photo courtesy of Jon Gitchoff

Thanks to the Gladiators for participating, and allowing me to hopefully capture your good side. Hanging around these hard working men & women is truly a pleasure, and a show within a show most nights.

To see full galleries of all the shows I shot at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Maryland Louis Heights, MO.

(32 shows, 100 + artists, hundreds of edited images, 140 + hours, 300,000 steps, etc.), please head to my Rknphoto/Zenfolio sister site HERE.

  • due to artist restrictions, & other commitments, I did not attend or shoot the Keith Urban, John Fogerty/ZZ Top, Poison/Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, & the 90’s House Party shows.

Thanks to Live Nation, & the team at Live Nation StL., and to all the staff & management at the Shed for another successful season!

All images © Kenny Williamson