Busy week last week with a couple of really decent gigs (amongst day job duties). Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky to be able to do this so often! Going from small venues like The Garage upstairs, to next day shooting at O2 Shepherd’s Bush, and being able to photograph some of my favourite artists is just the best.
Wednesday night saw me popping along to shoot Life at The Garage upstairs for Shout 4 Music. I stupidly left my phone at home on charge (well done Jen) but luckily managed to find The Garage as it was right on top of Highbury & Islington station. Don’t get me wrong I’d been there before, but that doesn’t mean anything – all venues look the same in the dark! Was really looking forward to seeing Life as I’d been a fan of theirs since they were The Neat a couple years ago and had seen them a few times in that guise. So much energy and brilliant playing, it’s a shame this wasn’t their own headline gig! Horrendous red lighting and the guys moving around a lot proved a challenge but managed to come away with some decent shots. Keep your eyes on these guys, one of the better ‘new’ bands around at the moment.
Then Thursday night I was shooting The Heartbreaks at O2 Shepherd’s Bush for London in Stereo. I LOVE The Heartbreaks. Not sure if you are aware of that already (probably…). Not just from a music point of view but they’re also just so easy to shoot – they look great, they pose (unintentionally) wickedly and they always look like they’re enjoying themselves. Pity there weren’t more people at the O2 at that time of evening to see them. Managed to say a quick hello to the boys in the stairwell after their set and luckily got to stay for the other two acts – Superfood and We Are Scientists. Took some worthy shots of both bands, but Keith and Chris are just so charismatic that taking a bad photo of WAS was virtually impossible – apart from the constant jumping around resulting in blurry shots! Stuck around for the required three songs and had a giggle at some of their banter. Funny guys.
Met yet another photographer (Jeff Moh) who I recognised while I was at the gig, but only after I got chatting to him about leaving cameras in the back room and he told me his name. Cool guy, LOTS of stories to tell as he’s been in the business for quite a while now. Will no doubt bump into him again soon. I used my 24-70mm 2.8 for all the O2 Shepherd’s Bush shots, and a combination of that and my 50mm 1.8 for the Life photos. That 24-70mm 2.8 is just the cat’s PJs. I am truly in love! Wondering why I didn’t buy it sooner really.
Shots below, enjoy!