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The Art of Photography : Mick Rock Interview

The Art of Photography is a Video Blog by Ted Forbes I occasionally watch during my lunch hour. It’s usually a decent length – 20min or so and often covers a review of prominent photographer’s work – however it does sometimes cover other aspects of photography e.g. issues with signing contracts. Worth adding to your feeds if you do such things (I use feedly after Google Reader was stopped) or checking occasionally otherwise.

Just looked after not watching for a while and noticed there is an interview with Mick Rock. One of the most significant names in Music Photography and possibly THE name in terms of 70’s Rock. Work (an image library) have some dealings with him and my recent coverage of music gigs peaked my interest in it, and then thought I’d share.

Part of me wonders what it would have been like to be a photographer then – especially since I’ve loved and at one time had a big passion for that kind of music (was a massive Hendrix fan). Certainly – much more skill was required with film and as such I’m assuming there would have been much fewer photographers and so possibilities of back stage access or hanging out with the musicians more likely. I’ve been to gigs where there are 20+ photographers in the pit. I’m sure because of this we are kept in our place with stricter limits. But then befriending a musician that becomes “big” might just be a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

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Grunge & 90s Style Mags : Video

Been a while since I blogged anything – mostly as I’ve not had the time – covered (photography) a couple of London Music festivals and have other editing I’m way behind on. Will likely post some of these in time.

During my lunchtimes I often read photography (or related) blogs, news feeds and such like which sometimes include videos. One that’s not usually photography related (iD Magazine YouTube upload feed) has recently featured a video which covers photography and fashion of the 90s Grunge scene. Thought I’d share.

It’s part of a series on UK youth culture:
Episode 1: Grime & Emo – http://bit.ly/1eCWMxP
Episode 2: Jungle & Cybergoth – http://bit.ly/1UvT0XU
Episode 3: Grunge & 90s Style Mags – http://bit.ly/1K5gNL7
Episode 4: B-Boys, Ibiza & Acid House – http://bit.ly/1Dq3FIO
Episode 5: Soul Boys & Casuals – http://bit.ly/1Mk4xqI
Episode 6: Skins & Scooter Boys – https://youtu.be/5PpAWL1FVxY

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Another Inspiration video

I do like my inspirational videos and enjoy sharing them.Well here’s another.

I usually prefer videos which aren’t so targeted i.e. not about inspiration itself but about other people doing what they do, and doing it well sometimes in the face of adversity – but this is a direct one. However if you look at the creators other videos – you see there is a creative pattern there too.

Originally found on Zack Arias’ Dedpxl blog, from the series The Society of Good Stuff – by Meghan Arias. Specific post has several inspirational inspired items.

Video is by Maximus Thor

Gig: Olly Murs, Ella Eyre + Bright Sparks

A set from my second event at The O2 Arena – this time Olly Murs plus guests.

This was the first event I’ve been to with a runway of sorts. We were warned initially that we’d have to stay at the front as pyrotechnics would be going off towards the back of the stage. Alas I missed photographing them going off – Boo! I just had my camera down for a fraction of a second.

At the O2 – you can’t take your camera bag into the arena – you have to leave it back stage. Last time I had a lens bag on my belt but I forgot it this time. A lot of photographers often have two bodies, especially from the main agencies – but I can’t justify that. The lens case I use for these things doesn’t really work well – belt loop too low on it – so I might look to buy some alternative option.

Olly Murs show was a great spectacle – great stage lighting/ background graphics.

Ella Eyre was great – struck me as a cross between Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill. listening to her on Spotify -0 sounds very Amy Winehouse but then there are lots of Housy remixes.

 

Olly Murs

Ella Eyre

Bright Sparks

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Gig: Marc Almond + Monitcristos

A few photos from the gig I covered on Friday – Marc Almond at Shepherd’s Bush empire.

At the time – it seemed fairly easy going – but then getting home it turned out that the lighting had been quite heavy on the red – something that always seems to perplex digital cameras. It often causes them to over expose – but of late I’ve dialled the exposure down a bit more. Still need to correct heavy red cast though. Annoying as it can take time as it takes more than one pass – White Balance, colour adjustment levels, etc.

Marc Almond

 

Monitcristos

 

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Sundance Festival – TinTypes by Victorial Will

Just a quick share of some beautiful photography….

Have come across these Tintypes from Sundance Festival by Victorial Will and thought I’d share.

Have loved the videos of Ian Ruhter doing truck-sized tintypes in the past, surprised I’ve not blogged those! So have come to like the look. Not something I’d likely venture to any time soon – but I do love the look of them and the physicality.

Go take a look.

 

Gig: Carl Barât & The Jackals, Asylums + Trampolene

Last week I covered a last minute gig as another photographer couldn’t cover it. Headliners was Carl Barât (of The Libertines) & The Jackals. Was at Scala which I usually enjoy – but on this ocassion it was really tricky – Scala has a pit but is quite narrow. Usually it’s fine with 3 or 4 of us – but on this occasion there were 8-9 of us! Also lighting was really dark and the odd pint would get chucked over!.

Carl Barât & The Jackals

http://carlbaratandthejackals.com
https://www.facebook.com/carlbarat
https://twitter.com/carlbaratmusic

Asylums

http://www.asylumsband.com/
https://twitter.com/Asylumsband
https://www.facebook.com/asylumsuk

Trampolene

http://www.trampolene.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/trampoleneofficial
https://twitter.com/trampolene_band

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Video : Forensic Photography

Came across this interesting video about Forensic Photography on the Vimeo Staff picks feed. Thought I’d share.

Fascinating stuff – but don’t think it would be for me – I much prefer photographing people. The little challenges would inspire me though I think.

Gig: Hunter and the Bear + Rothwell

Another gig at Dingwalls.
A previous gig there was VERY hard for me – there was lots of back-lighting, I was told that I could use flash – but I’d taken my flash out of the bag that morning! ha fail. Since then the flash has stayed in the bag even though I don’t expect to use it. Dingwalls has no pit – but this time the crowd were a lot easier to move through.

That previous gig was a metal one – this was quite different – what I guess you could call Indie Folk rock.

Although musicians might not like comparisons – I think it’s a natural thing to do – and in that respect – the tracks that Hunter and the Bear have on spotify are quite in vein with Mumford and Sons – however live I found them to be much more up-tempo. The fully acoustic song they did – a rendition of “Wounded” ( for a friend of theirs who had been taken ill (but is getting better) ) to a silent club was seriously emotionally beautiful – verging on tear-jerking. I took a couple of photos of them all standing away from mics – but then put the camera away as everybody else had. As it turned out – the lights weren’t great for that shot anyway.

Support was Rothwell – a lovely singer songwriter solo artist. I usually find that soloists don’t keep the attention of the crowd – but she did a great job.

 

Hunter and the Bear

Hunter and the Bear – on Spotify
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Rothwell

Rothwell on Spotify
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Gig: Rival Sons & London Souls

Haven’t put all my Gig Photography sets of late – been a tad busy, but thought I’d put this one up.
Continues the run of metal/rock events at the Roundhouse.

In the past I’ve said how much I enjoy photographing gigs here – lighting is usually great, or good at least, and there’s a decent sized pit. On this occasion though there was a  LOT of smoke for the support act – The London Souls, combined with LOTS of blue lighting. Took a fair bit of tweaking both in camera Raw and in Photoshop to stop those shots from being a washed out blue mess.

London Souls were good – only a guitarist and drummer. He has amazing skill and reminds me of Hendrix (an analogy many people have likely made – on skill alone ignoring the hair). Alas the songs they have on Spotify don’t really reflect this. I couldn’t help think that it would have been better – a more full sound with more musicians.

 

Rival Sons

Rival Sons on Spotify

The London Souls

The London Souls on Spotify

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A video (not mine or from this show) showing some great London Souls music: