Exposure in photography allows the photographer to capture the ideal brightness, including high levels of detail in both the shadows and highlight areas. DeWook (née Derek Yurkiewicz) is a Milwaukee based photographer who has come into his own in light of his captivating and aesthetically pleasing action-filled photographs of musicians – including many Wisconsin based artist, as well as regional and National touring artists.
The genesis of DeWook's work has roots that run deep throughout his life.
"Photography came in to my life at a young age," DeWook says. "I actually found photography in my dad's closet in the old camera bag stuffed behind the shoes. It was a 'don't touch me' bag. Dad always said, 'Don't touch the camera equipment; it's expensive.' I got into the bag literally and figuratively."
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Country music descended on Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a cool crisp Thursday night. Maggie Rose from Nashville, Tennessee commanded the stage along with her four-piece band. Tracks flowed from the stage, and the audience was drawn in.
An Evening of Country Music at The Pabst Theater
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It’s been tough for me to return to the Railroad scene since Andy’s death but last night in Milwaukee, being his birthday and all, felt right.
A Fan's Perspective
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Why was I out of the house and off to the local Piggly Wiggly at 8:30am to score Phish tickets? Phish tickets by mail, or PTBM, wasn’t even in my deepest thoughts. For now, I was at the beck and call of Ticketmaster.
Once Upon A Time Phish
Alpine Valley 1996
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I just got the once in a lifetime chance to photograph one of my favorite bands. Two shows at the Park West and the snow was coming down. Two and half hours to Chicago for me from Milwaukee. I wasn’t going to make it. I had to abort.
A Lotus Internship
A Lotus Internship
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Steez, a Madison based favorite band that has been around since before I started DeWook. The path to the green room with Steez has been a long one, but how did I get here?
The path of Creep Funk with Steez
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About two years into the pandemic and the music industry was in a state of uncertainty. No one knew when shows would launch again. The itch for live music was beginning to take its toll on everyone. Many like myself needed some type of outlet. Something to refocus on away from the unknown.
Rekindling with Record Head
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This year for me has proven itself to be a challenge. But in my mind, I was bored. Things in my frame needed to change.
DeWook Year In Review
DeWook Tour 2021 In Review
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The room vibrated as Lettuce made their presence known. The lights shifted with colors and shadows creating chaos and confusion. Just the way I like it!
Lettuce at The Vic Theatre
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The lights dimmed and the music flowed into the room. Guitar riffs mixed with slithering bass lines and intense drum beats. The room was packed.
Astral Hand Returns To The Stage
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It was a great feeling. Standing outside the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Putting my gear on to one again travel inside this fantastic venue.
Spafford at The Majestic
Spafford at The Majestic
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With a foggy evening on tap, The Henhouse Prowlers crept into Milwaukee for an evening of soulful bluegrass.
Henhouse Prowlers in Milwaukee
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When my publisher at Maximum Ink Magazine told me Velocihamster was in rotation on the podcast, I had to interview him!
The Making of a New Sound, Velocihamster
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Working with Twiddle over the past seven years Ive really got to see these fellas blossom and become successful, so when they announced their Fall 2021 Tour I called Ryan Dempsey to see about an interview.
Conversation with Ryan Dempsey of Twiddle
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Author, Actor, and Bassist of Anthrax, Frank Bello is a humble human being. Frank keeps Family first and has overcome and redirected the pain in his life into a positive message that we all can relate to.
Frank Bello Talks "Fathers, Brothers, and Sons" with DeWook Tour
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I have always respected and admired excellent photography, and most importantly, other photographers. I was approached by Steven Peterson to be a part of his project.
Upper Midwest B/W Music Photo Contest
Interview with Upper Midwest B/W Music Photo Contest Creator Steven Peterson
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