My Favorite Photo Of 2014: Ally Newbold

Greetings! You may recall a few entries in this series running around the start of the new year. We love this column and thought we had run every photo we had acquired, but it turns out we missed one! We thought about skipping it, but that felt like it would be a disservice to you and the photographer who was gracious enough to share their work with us. 

Here’s the original introduction in case you were unaware of this series before now:

After much thought and debate, we settled on a new concept that we think everyone enjoy. Together with a group of our favorite music photographers, we have compiled a collection of images that showcase some of the best and most intimate moments in music from 2014. The images shared in this series were chosen by the photographers who captured them, and the only guidelines they were given was to choose the one image that meant the most to them. Some included an explanation for their photos, while others did not, but everyone chose images that are sure to linger in your mind for days to come.

Next up: Professional music photographer Ally Newbold.


While traveling with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die on a full US tour this winter, we took a detour and went to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Never in my life have I felt at ease. The location was absolutely breathtaking. We were miles away from the city, miles away from the highways, miles away from neighborhoods. It was just us and the salt. This photograph is a reminder of the bliss I felt at that very moment and that life doesn’t stop for anybody.

Ally Newbold is one of our favorite photographer working today, and if you take a look at her portfolio you will realize she has almost certainly worked with your favorite band. She’s a self made industry professional with talent and kindness to spare. More importantly, she’s one of the greatest minds the alternative scene has to offer at the moment. If you enjoy this photo, please look at her official website and follow Ally on Twitter.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.