Gotta love a gig that’s so close to your house you can leave home about 10 minutes before you have to be there! First time shooting (properly) at Brixton Academy so had to go through all the awkward “do I go this way?” talk with security at the back of the venue. Got told off for attempting to take a test shot of the support act because I wasn’t physically in the pit yet – no professional photos AT ALL at Brixton Academy unless you’re in the pit for the first three songs. Yeesh!
Despite that, had a fantastic first three songs for Bombay Bicycle Club. There were around 7 other togs in the pit, plus another four video guys and around four security so it was a tad difficult moving around without hip and shouldering someone. Didn’t fall over though (bonus) and managed to take a few good shots, huzzah! Security shooed us all out once the third song ended and sent us out the back (no going into the crowd after that to enjoy the rest of the gig – booooo). Managed to meet and have a quick chat to Nathan Barnes, a fellow photographer who shoots for The 405 and who I follow on twitter. He approached me and I was surprised that someone actually knew who I was! Check out his work here. No doubt we’ll be bumping into each other at a gig again soon.
As alluded to a few blogs ago, I have been saving up for a new lens and – drumroll please – it has finally arrived. These shots were taken with my new Canon 24-70mm f2.8 Mk II. Bit nervous about taking pics with a new lens at such a big gig (well, big for ME), but judging by the results it seemed to work out just fine. I am completely in love with it, and get the feeling I’ll be taking it to almost every gig from now on. My 17-55mm f2.8 will soon be gathering dust… Pics below and up on the Shout4Music website here. Enjoy!