Some of my favourite images taken over 3 nights at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London earlier this year. All 3 nights were fantastic, with Mugison supporting.
I’ve covered the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park for the past 3 years, and it’s always a great stage to photograph. Great new bands, enthusiastic crowd, lovely people and freedom of access to get a range of photographic viewpoints make it a fantastic experience. Shooting every band on the stage over the weekend can be pretty non-stop, so it always flies past really quickly. I’ve selected some of my favourite images from the past 3 years for you to have a look at here.
If you want to see more images, you can visit the BBC T in the Park 2013 website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/egfrbp) where as well as the Introducing stage, you’ll find loads of photos and videos from the other stages and around the arena. The 2011 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/festivals/tinthepark/2011/) and 2012 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ehxzp6) sites are still up as well!
Please remember that the copyright for these images is owned by the BBC, so please don’t copy or use them without seeking permission from the BBC first. Thanks!
Brilliant and very funny shoot with Jenny and Jill of Body Parts last week, before their show at the Glad Cafe in Shawlands, supporting Cate Le Bon. My first time in the Glad Cafe, and it’s a great wee place! Nice to have a decent alternative bar/venue on the south side, and Rachel and the rest of the staff were lovely. Big thanks to them for letting us do the shoot there! Here’s a few of my favourites.
Just back from a very muddy weekend, shooting stills for the BBC’s Introducing stage at T in the Park – an epic 21 bands over 2 days! It was my second year doing it and I had a great time again. Brilliant line-up, including up and coming Scottish artists like United Fruit, Admiral Fallow, Fatherson, Vigo Thieves, Woodenbox and Laki Mera, as well as new artists from around the UK. Belfast’s More Than Conquerors and London’s Swami Baracus were a couple of good discoveries from outside Scotland.
A selection of pictures can be seen by clicking on the link below, and check out the videos too, there’s some great bands there!
Here’s some more!
So here we go, the big catch up begins! It would take me forever to post everything I’ve been doing since July 2010, so I’m putting up a selection of my favourite images.
Over the past few months I’ve been working as in-house photographer for King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, working towards an exhibition later this year which I’m really looking forward to! So here’s some of my favourite images from Tut’s. I’ve really been enjoying the variety of different shows I get to shoot, and having a say in which ones I do each month is great too.
So here they are in no particular order! More to come.
Some shots from a couple of gigs I’ve been to in the past week, Brian Jonestown Massacre at the ABC, and Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster at Stereo. I’ve been a bit neglectful of my blog recently but plan to get back on track now! Lots of pictures to upload from the past wee while which I’ll get to soon.
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – one of those gigs where the crowd made the night!
What a gig, tremendous. Quadraphonic sound and great atmospheric lighting, plus support from Take A Worm For A Walk Week and The Unwinding Hours made for a stonker of a show.
Take A Worm start the proceedings
Followed by The Unwinding Hours
And The Twilight Sad finished off the night in a spectacular fashion, the lights and sound at the end were amazing, I’m glad I decided to go up to the balcony to take some shots!
Not posted much here for a while, need to keep it up! I’ve noticed something annoying with this blog actually, for some reason the images when posted here look less sharp and duller than they actually are, not sure what the way round this is, if anyone does, please shout out!
Emma Pollock played a belter of a show along with Australian Josh Pyke. They were on a joint headline tour of the UK.
Josh Pyke was on first, followed by Emma.
Great show, sound was amazing, and the band as well as Emma played tremendously.
I put up the Virgins Pukkelpop pictures a while back, but still had to put up the shots of other bands I got that day. The Jesus Lizard were amazing and I got a few shots of Richie with the band, much to his delight.
Fight Like Apes
New Found Glory
The Jesus Lizard on stage
Richie with David Yow (2 above) and the Jesus Lizard (directly above)
Well, what a strange night that was. Note to the promoter – don’t put the View on to headline ANY show that normal people may be going to. We don’t want to wade through neds fighting, or chucking bottles and coins at good bands.
Now that my short rant’s out of the way, here’s some pictures from the night! In order they played in Hall 2.
The Twilight Sad
A couple of weeks ago, myself and my glamorous assistant for the day, Gary (http://www.balehousephotography.co.uk/), turned up at a tiny sweet shop in the East End of Glasgow, to shoot Warp artist Hudson Mohawke for the cover of The Skinny. Glickman’s is a very small but very cool sweet shop, run by mother and daughter team Irene and Julie, and has been there for 106 years (I think!). They very kindly closed the outside door for a bit, to allow us to control the sunlight streaming in, and to have a bit of time to shoot unhindered (basically, as soon as there’s more than one customer in the shop, it’s full!).
Working to our limited timescale, with hordes of people knocking on the door outside to get in for their sweetie fix, we were up against it to say the least! It called for fast working from me, Gary and Hudson Mohawke, but I think we pulled it off, see what you think! A selection of images from the shoot are shown below.
It was interesting shooting with the front cover in mind, as the dimensions are different from my shooting size, and I had to bear in mind leaving space for text.
The original pictures
The shots as used in the magazine. Unfortunately I only have an a4 scanner, so couldn’t scan the pages fully, but you get the idea. The colours also haven’t reproduced as vibrantly as the originals, but that’s newsprint!
Finally getting my hands on some cola cubes at the end was a bonus, not had them for years!
After The Cribs, who Lissy was supporting on a UK tour, had to postpone their Glasgow Barrowlands show, a replacement show was found for her. Unfortunately, due to the late notice, it was really quiet. Lissy and her band were great, shame only a handful of people turned up, but you can guarantee that the next time they play Glasgow, it’ll be rammed. One guy came all the way from Ayr to see her!
The first shoot I’ve done with my D700 that REALLY pushed the camera’s capabilities, shooting at 6400 ISO. It was amazing though, to be able to shoot in there and get some results. I hate using flash at gigs, so the high ISO really helped. I kept the orangey-red glow in the images, which really suits the venue. It’s kind of David Lynch with the red curtain!
I love this one, even though there’s some motion blur.
This one’s a favourite too.
Come back soon Lissy!
After the night in Amsterdam, we headed to the airport for our flight to Ibiza. After what felt like an incredibly long flight (actually, 2 flights, we changed planes in Madrid), we landed in Ibiza and were taken to the Ibiza Rocks hotel. We were staying there and the gig was in the same place.
Everyone was shattered but we managed to go out for a wander and soak up the, ahem, atmosphere. This actually involved me, Richie and Kev (the dream team again!) walking around trying to avoid the craziness (which isn’t easy in San Antonio) on our hunt for an elusive authentic Spanish tapas bar. Apparently it was a very well kept secret, but when we eventually found it, it was worth the wait.
It was like an oasis of calm and normal people in amongst all the megaclubs and Brits abroad. I can’t remember the name of it now, but it was lovely. It had a big tree growing in the middle of the room through the roof.
We were staying in the penthouse suite, which was like night and day in comparison to the rest of the hotel, nice and calm, with great views.
We saw people up in the air in balloons attached to speedboats a lot! I can’t remember what it’s called right now, which is really annoying! We thought about it ourselves but only fleetingly.
Richie starting to laugh as he realises I am taking pictures of him lying in the sun, all sprawled out like a swimwear model!
The gig was the night after we got there, and was pretty surreal. The Virgins were supporting MGMT as part of Ibiza Rocks series of gigs over the summer. The stage was set up next to the main swimming pool (which was thankfully closed) in a courtyard.
Backstage was really hot and sweaty!
Richie working his magic during soundcheck.
Just before the gig, it was still very hot!
Check the people watching from the balconies!
After a good show, it was party time. Richie and I went on a hunt for a bar that wasn’t too bad, and found a wee pub that had a kind of British theme, but it wasn’t as bad as it sounds! It was very small, pretty quiet and wasn’t playing dance music really loudly. We had a really cheap pint then headed back up to the hotel. Upstairs in the suite, me, Richie, Tom and Kev had a wee party, and I kicked everyone’s ass at drumming on Guitar Hero World Tour. Except I didn’t really.
The next day, after a few hours sleep and a tapas lunch at our favourite place, Richie, Kev and I headed down to the water to see what boat trips were on offer.
As it was mid afternoon we were limited in our options, but went for a brilliant 2 hour (I think) trip around the island on a nice wee boat, that included a stop off at an aquarium in a cave, and a glass of champagne.
Richie was very excited that they were playing yacht rock on the boat, at this moment it was Steely Dan.
The coastline round Ibiza is lovely, I wish we’d had time to visit the old town.
Some rocks with holes in them in the middle of the sea.
I loved the aquarium, it was so cool.
We got back just in time to see the sunset, it was very pretty.
The next morning, after a ridiculously long check-in with EasyJet, we bid farewell to the warm sunshine and headed back to Britain, for Reading and Leeds. Pictures coming soon!
A guy contacted me a while ago through the website with the idea of doing this using one of my images. Here’s the result, looks pretty cool!
So goes to show how big they can be blown up! If you’d like to use one of my images for something like this, or would just like to buy a print of anything, you can contact me through my website using the link at the left.
Holland was next, and the Lowlands Festival. After Pukkelpop we stayed at a hotel a few miles away, and went to Lowlands from there. To be honest, I have no idea where Lowlands actually was, somewhere a few miles away from Amsterdam is all I know! It was kind of a weird festival but good, didn’t get to see a lot of it because I’d twisted my ankle the day before at Pukkelpop and couldn’t walk about too much.
Went for a walk and saw lots of people dressed up…
… and a silent mobile karaoke machine.
Some random people enjoying the sunshine.
The stage the Virgins played on.
Wade and Nick drew a picture for 2 girls who were organising a memento of the festival to be published later. They got as many artists as they could over the weekend to draw a picture and write a message in their book.
Some pictures taken before/after/during the gig.
At the end of the night, we were taken to our hotel a few miles away, where Richie and I entertained Kev in our room. There was some really weird film on, and we ate lots of nuts and drank beer, that’s all I remember!
The next morning, we got picked up by a bus (literally a whole coach for only 8 people!) and taken to Amsterdam. When we got there, it was mid afternoon so Richie and I went for a nice walk around the city. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and there was a free concert on at the bandstand in Vondel Park. We weren’t really into the music, but it was nice to see a bandstand getting used again, I wish the council would sort out the one in Kelvingrove Park.
We also walked through Dam Square and the Leidseplein, a bit of a wander all over.
Richie sporting his River City t-shirt hahaha
A man sitting next to the canal
The Grim Reaper counting his money in Dam Square
We met up with Paul, Kev and Tom later and went for some dinner at a place called Goodies, the food was really tasty and I had the biggest goats cheese I’ve ever seen for one person in my life! I couldn’t finish it all.
Then we went to the pub. The photo below is obviously totally out of focus, but it makes me laugh because at that exact moment Tom was tripping up Kev, who looks like he’s running at the camera!
I can’t remember what this bar was called, but it had lots of pictures of monkeys on the wall and I like monkeys.
What a bunch of hotties.
We then went back to the hotel and sat outside for a while where we met some pretty strange but mostly friendly people. Paul also made my night by bringing me back some fries from Burger King. We thought he’d just wandered off and would never remember but he came back bearing savoury treats : )
This is the piano in the lounge of the Backstage Hotel, where we stayed. All the bands that stay there can sign it. The people who work at this hotel are great, we got our clothes washed and dried for free.
Next day we set off for Ibiza, coming next!
Went away with these guys for 2 weeks, covering Pukkelpop in Belgium, Lowlands in Holland, Ibiza Rocks, Reading and Leeds. Fun times and was lovely to get some sunshine before heading back over here for the Winter!
Some of these images were taken on my wee Lumix compact, the rest on my (brand new at the time!) Nikon D700.
First up was Belgium, where we saw a cat on a lead in the airport!
A really bad picture but you get the idea.
Me and Richie took a trip into Brussels on the train to get some dinner.
I liked the station
We sheltered here for a bit because…
…there was a thunderstorm outside
Lightning hit this tree and sent a big branch crashing to the ground! We didn’t see it happen but saw the aftermath.
We went looking for somewhere to get moules-frites, and found probably the worst restaurant in Brussels. The food was disgusting, cooked badly and the service was terrible. We refused to pay for it, something neither of us have ever done before. I left ten euros though for some reason and then regretted it later.
I just liked the way this wee shop looked
Next day was Pukkelpop, here’s some shots of the band waiting to go on.
Paul opted for some quiet contemplation…
…while Nick got artistic with the dressing room sign.
The gig was really good, but the crowd were a bit sedate. I think Belgians are quite reserved.
I like this one of Nick bathed in pink light. A lot of the time really strong coloured lights are a pain to work with, but it turned out well on this occasion.
Next up was the Lowlands festival in the Netherlands, coming soon!