This is my first monthly update since the new look website went live
in March. Those of you who see my updates on Facebook will most likely
have seen alot of this already... several times! Sorry for hogging your
newsfeed so much. However, for those of you who are new to my photography
(as most people are) here's what I've been up to recently... things
I'm pleased with, or proud of, or just feel the need to highlight, write
about and give another mention to. If you read on, thanks for taking
So, it's been one month since the new look website went 'live'. Thankfully,
I've had some good feedback and my photos have since been viewed almost
2000 times with virtually all those views going to either my Portfolio
page, or the Composite
Image gallery (on the image archive page). Thanks to everyone who
has had a look. I had hoped those pages would be viewed more than they
were on my old website, as that is the area of my photography I want
to be really pushing forward with - the more creative / artistic side
of things especially in a live setting. So, bands, managers and labels...
get in touch and see what I can do for you! I will work to your budget
- no job is too small and no ideas are too big! ;)
With this in mind, a couple of my favourite images I created in the
last month that I'd like to highlight are a Cubism inspired image of
'The Chariot' live in London at The Underworld in Camden back in 2011,
and a Composite Image of Swedish band 'Ghost' live at The O2 Academy
Brixton when they headlined the Jagermeister Music Tour 2013.
The above image of The Chariot is made up of 41 photos showing a sweep
across the stage from in front of the drums in the left of the picture
to the audience in the top right. The actual master image is quite large
at nearly 2 meters wide. My aim was to capture the flow and chaotic
nature of one of their gigs, incorporating multiple viewpoints and different
perspectives taken right in the thick of the action. Hopefully I've
created something that gives the viewer a real sense of involvement
in the gig where the more you look at it, the more you end up seeing.
The Ghost stage show is epic... a huge stained glass window backdrop,
pillars and lots of smoke create the perfect setting for the 5 'Nameless
Ghouls' and Papa Emeritus II to roam. The only way I was able to guarantee
capturing the scale of it from a viewpoint right at the front of the
stage AND without using a line-bending wide-angle lens was to create
a composite image. This one took ten shots and what you see here is
just a smaller version of a 'sketch' made for use on the web. A full
print version would need alot more work to make it suitable for close
This whole evening was awesome by the way. The O2 Academy Brixton is
such an iconic venue to photograph in. I'm grateful to Pure Rawk for
arranging the passes. You can see my review for Pure Rawk and more photos
from all the bands (Ghost, Gojira, The Defiled and Feed The Rhino) here.
Further photosets of all those bands are also in their gallery here.
Gojira were in fact one of the best bands I've ever seen live - just
incredible. I have some extra shots of them that I intend using to create
a composite image or something similar sometime in the future. 'Watch
this space' as they say.
Duplantier - Gojira - Brixton Academy
Continuing the Pure Rawk theme, it was good fun at their recent annual
awards shindig, celebrating all that's good in the indepedent underground
rock / alternative scene. It was nice to bump into Kelii and Giz from
previous award winners Obsessive Compulsive and chatting about their
new fan funded album Seculo Seculorum. It's a great record and the band
deserve to be massive. Look out for it when it's officially released
in June! But the highlight of the evening was when 'Blacklist Saints'
won the 'New Band Of The Year' award despite themselves not feeling
they had much of a chance. A well deserved win.
This last month has seen my photography appearing in lots of places
all over the web. The most viewed image must surely be Death Ape Disco's
Supervolcano album cover. It's been shown accompanying alot of reviews
- the vast majority of which have been rather excellent. I'm pleased
for the guys. They're great people to work with, ace musicians and they've
created a real gem of an album. Go check it out if you haven't already.
You can stream it freely from their Bandcamp page here
and if you like it you can buy it there on CD (complete with an 8 page
booklet) or as a full quality download for just £7. It's also
available from the usual online retailers - Amazon, CD Baby, etc.
Of The Lake released a new album last month too. It's called 'Desperation
Is The English Way Vol 2.' released on the TDON label and it's just
as gloriously filthy sounding as their previous release (Vol 1). Kerrang!,
Rock Sound and Thrash Hits among others have given them great reviews.
So when they choose one of my images of them to accompany their promotional
blurb on the front page of their website it's happy days for me. Well
chuffed! Check out their website at www.audiohate.com.
Live pic on Brotherhood Of The Lake's website front page to accompany
new album blurb...
also received some interest this month thanks to Charlie Simpson who
has been using one of my photographs of him as his Facebook profile
pic. It's the second photo he's used so far and it feels good to get
some recognition from musicians like him, who seem quite selective in
their choice of images used, who don't change profile images very often.
Simpson Facebook profile pic...
always nice to see something in print from time to time and this month
I had my image of We Are Knuckle Dragger used by NARC. Magazine to accompany
a promotional piece on the Mash Up Festival set up by the Anarchy Brew
Co. There can't be many festivals where you can get a decent beer so
this will surely be worth going to if you're North East based. Thanks
to David at Sapien Records for sending me a copy of the mag. Cheers!
Are Knuckle Dragger pic in NARC. Mag...
the above images on this page made me think I should add a 'published
/ tearsheet' section to this website. I occasionally take a screenshot
or put a magazine or local paper to one side if it has any of my images
in but I probably don't do it as much as I should.
For now though, and because I feel this website should show somewhere
on the site at least some of the things I've had published, here's a
small selection of some of the more interesting stuff I've saved from
the last couple of years. I've tried to include a variety of formats...
printed magazines, webzines, social media, large and small. There's
alot of Facebook profile pics that I have not included and various webzine
bits and pieces that often feature the same images (live band reviews
or promotional write-ups using the same shots) so I've left those out.
As I have done alot of photography for Pure Rawk, and previously to
that, with Planet loud, I've only included a token screen shot from
Talent pic and smaller live crowd shot to accompany a live review in
Rock Sound mag...
Collisions pic exclusively for Rock Sound mag...
Great Escape Festival coverage for Rock Sound online...
A Collisions promotional band portrait accompanying an article in
Big Cheese mag...
Feed The Rhino in Stencil Mag...
A couple of the many Facebook cover pics...
Here is Spy Catcher and below that is We Are Knuckle Dragger...
Apologies I Have None in Stencil Mag...
From Afar pic in an early Dollyrox online issue...
Just one of many shoots from my time with the awesome Planet Loud,
and similarly nowadays with Pure Rawk. Also a shot of Collisions used
for a poster...
for checking out this month's update. I appreciate your interest. If
you're a glutton for punishment and want to read more there's a previous
blog update for March 2013 which can be found here.