Professional photography is tough these days, there is no denying that and none more so than in the world of live music. Hundreds of photographers are hungry for images of the current artistes and it becomes something of a lottery in making those much needed sales. This shot was taken with the intention of offering something a little different, not so much for the fact he was smoking on stage, in fact it was at an outdoor event, so I believe that is ok?!! I just loved the fact that the band were doing their own preparation, chatting away in French, setting the levels, tuning up and so on. Some of my peers were getting a little fidgety, quite common, as a lot of waiting around takes place at these events which can be boring – I spent a little time capturing what was going on around me. The light as you can tell was very low, so I cranked up my ISO to 800, kept the aperture wide open and shutter speed around 80th of a second. In these scenarios, noise (or grain in old film parlance is unavoidable) and quality tricky to maintain.
Guilfest is just around the corner and I shall be there again this year, armed with my Nikon and a bag full of lenses. Headliners this year are The Levellers, Blondie and The Australian Pink Floyd plus others acts such as Seth Lakeman, Zucherro and Kula Shaker.
This will be the first time that I will be working independently and not through an agency. All photos will be placed on my other site www.nicklewisphotography.co.uk where they will be purchasable. I am planning on syndicating these out to newspapers and magazines for whom I have contacts for.
Looking forward to it!
My Brother sent me this beautiful piece of music today. Its called “Sanctus” written by Missa Luba and performed by the Muungano National Choir from Kenya. Its very relaxing and lacks any of the pretense of any modern chart music – Enjoy!
628Mavis Grind are a great Hampshire based band for whom I have done a little photography for. In fact they’ve used some of my shots as artwork in their current album “Give it some choke” and on their brand new Facebook page – Go and check it out now – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mavis-Grind/7189698051
I have photographed these boys before about 3 or 4 years ago at the Forum in London, so was great to see them again and to hear some of their new material.
Preston up on stage with the band. I have to confess I am not too familiar with their music (the whole Chantelle affair has somewhat eclipsed it perhaps). They are very much like the Smiths with a bit of a ska sound. I quite like them, they are not bad at all and have a good stage presence.
I got to Guilfest just in the nick of time to photograph the first of the headline acts, Rodrigo y Gabriela who come from Mexico but are now based in Dublin. They are very new on the scene andwere absolutely stunning, the raw energy they were producing was astounding. I have never heard such a great accoustic sound. I think I shall go and buy their album.