What Just Happened explores the week in the life of a person through their photos, offering another way to tell a story.
Last week was a crazy one for photographer Steve Trasher. It began with his dream assignment, photographing Metallica as they played to 60,000 people during the first concert at Minnesota’s new U.S. Bank Stadium, then ended during an insane traffic jam trying to get into LAX while the airport was shut down because of what turned out to be false reports of an active shooter. In order to make his plane to Detroit, Thrasher jumped out of the car he was in and rushed through the impromptu parking lot. “Hours after LAPD had contained the situation inside, traffic was still backed up to the freeway,” he says. “I left three hours early and literally got to my gate just as they were shutting the door.”
And the moments in between weren’t that much chiller. He camped at two national parks, got lost while off-roading in the desert trying to get shots of the Milky Way (and consequently almost got bitten by a rattlesnake), had some commercial shoots, shot at Chapter X (Travis Barker’s favorite tattoo shop in Orange County), found the church from Kill Bill, followed sideshow takeovers through South Central LA, and explored Downtown LA before and after dark.
Though he now has worked for outlets including The Hundreds, Stereogum, SPIN, and Metal Injection, Thrasher first got into photography while he was studying audio engineering in Phoenix. He wanted to document the amazing stuff he’d see while exploring the desert. Soon audio engineering got kicked to the curb and he started sneaking it into clubs and local shows to shoot bands, beginning his focus on music photography. Coming from these roots, he explains the significance of one of the brief encounters that happened to him this week. “I was shooting Metallica’s set at the stage front, totally immersed in the moment,” Thrasher says. “I lowered my camera for a brief minute, and noticing that someone had stepped up beside me, I looked over to see Ross Halfin. Ross has been my favorite photographer for as long as I can remember, and as far as I am concerned, he is the GOD of rock photography. He was right there shooting beside me, which was an amazing feeling. To realize that I was even in his realm, in his universe, was a surreal experience.”