Longtime music fan finds his calling in photography - Omaha.com
Published Monday, June 17, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 7:29 pm
268 concerts in one year
Longtime music fan finds his calling in photography
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Christopher “Fletch” Fletcher

Age: 43

Hometown: Omaha

Education: Omaha Creighton Prep high; college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Hobbies: “We do a lot of camping, and I’m a water sport freak — Jet Skis and kite boarding.”

Family: wife, Vicki

Occupation: Business consultant

Don't call him Chris or Christopher or Fletcher. Christopher Fletcher goes by “Fletch.”

And if you're looking for Fletch, he's probably at an Omaha rock show with camera gear draped over his shoulders. A longtime music fan, Fletcher started in local radio and now is both a fan and a rock photographer.

Fletcher, 43, went to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and studied journalism. That led to an internship at Z-92 radio station, where he worked as an engineer and met a lot of artists.

“That was the old-school days,” he said. “We had eight tracks and cut tape with a razor blade.”

He transitioned his engineering expertise into gigs as a sound guy at local clubs and bars, such as the now-defunct Arthur's.

“I was always interested in live music,” he said, adding that he met his wife, Vicki, through a shared love of music.

After a few years of marriage they attended fewer and fewer concerts. Then one night, about 10 years ago, they spotted the band the Faint on a late-night talk show.

“We saw this band from Omaha and they were ... awesome,” he said. “We realized we were out of the scene and we really missed that. So we pledged to each other that we were gonna get back into the music scene.”

At that time he began to take cameras to concerts and snap photos. They didn't turn out well, so he bought better equipment and learned more about photography. Eventually he got good enough to take paid assignments from local publications.

In 2009 Fletcher attended 268 concerts, many with his wife and most of them as a photographer.

His favorite assignment was a trip to Austin, Texas, to cover the South by Southwest Music Festival and Omaha band It's True. During the summer, Fletcher and his wife travel around the country to attend music festivals.

Though his passion is music photography, Fletcher also enjoys taking photos of birds of prey and often takes trips to get photos of bald eagles.

“I decided that I didn't want to do anything other than action,” he said. “If it moves, I'll shoot it. I've never been a wedding photographer or done corporate work.”

Contact the writer:

402-444-1557, kevin.coffey@owh.com, twitter.com/owhmusicguy

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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