Ooh! A goth gig! Took these back in September for Joel who puts on the tremendous Goth City Festival annually up in Leeds. I’ve not done that much photography in AGES, hence the distinct lack of new photos up on here. I’ve released a few of these on Facebook over the last 6 months but never really finished the set off. Busy Busy! I had a quick look at it, and realised I definitely had done enough too justify popping the set out though, especially now I’d finished sorting out the video as well.
Goth City! I missed the first Goth City last year, but made sure I went this time. Joel (the organiser) was happy for me to take my camera so I grabbed a bunch of shots. The light was not great in there, and there was far too much smoke during In Isolation and Libitina for good shots, but the Analog Efex Pro 2 plugin came to the rescue. The damn thing seems to have a miraculous ability to rescue overblown, smoke filled shots and meant I ended up with over 50 shots, rather than about 5! It’s an amazing freebie!
I took some photos of Jack’s band, The Deaf Crows aages ago, and since then Jack has gently nudged me every now and then when he has a gig on to come and do some shots and I’ve never managed it. 🙁 Then I spotted that he had an EP launch coming up and made some space to come down and get some shots.
It was a very weird gig for taking shots. Most of the exposures for the first two bands were awful due to a combination of me being crap and the lighting not being up to much. Some of the shots here are only rescued due to the magic of Silver Efex Pro 2 and Analog Efex Pro 2 which were pointed out to me by a photographer friend. Some of the effects in those tools seem to be able to drag an image from a boring, blown out horror into something quite interesting! The lighting changed completely when Jack Chapman came on, as they had a dedicated lighting guy, who appeared to have got all the white light he possibly could to illuminate and as a result the photos were a lot move fun to work. Nice job JP.