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!
Protect and Survive
The Creeping Terrors
John Merrick’s Remains
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.
Paul Fletcher and the Dukes
Can you tell I’m on holiday so I’m getting the chance to get through some old photos I’ve not had chance to work on for a while? This set is from June. Nightshift is a localish/regional dark gigs and DJs night. I spotted that Dyonisis were playing, so jumped at the chance to see them with a changed line up. The lighting in Mulberry Tavern was actually surprisingly good. THere was a dark spot on the right side of the stage, but this was only a problem for Dyonsis as the other two bands didn’t have enough members to be stood in it!
Jan Doyle Band
Firegarden had an EP launch party at The Local Authority (or “The White Room” as we like to call it) at Corporation. I’m never really sure about taking photos at this venue, something about the height of the stage makes it difficult. The photos of Delirium came out much better than the other two bands though. Part of that is due to there being less space at the stage due to all the people dancing around for them, but it’s not just that. Perhaps their clothes just stood out better under the lights!
Wanton number two! This time Dave had got them to fix the lights! Hurrah! That made for a MUCH better photography experience. We turned up early enough to catch Lugs soundchecking so I could see how the lights were landing on the stage, so based on this got Dave to adjust the right hand light so that this corner wasn’t in darkness. As a result, anyone stood in this part of the stage came out with the best photos (Bassists from Lugs and Trigger Thumb!). Next time I’ll work with Dave a bit to get the lights pointing into the right places and try and show the musicians so they are aware of it. We were also treated to Dave Benson Phillips being the compère for the evening. That made for some entertaining and rather manic photos…. No gunge though…
50 shots! Marvellous:
Wanton: Trigger Thumb, Grace Kim, Lugs
Dave Chitty, who I photo’d a long time ago as a drummer for Little Mono asked me to come and take some photos for the new event he was putting on at the Plug: Wanton! Being as I’d caught up with my back log (not for long though!) I accepted and went along to take some shots.
Sadly, the lighting rig at Plug was in a poor state of repair, meaning there was actually very little lighting directed at the front of the stage. That combined with the use of smoke made it quite hard to get shots I was happy with. In the end, I managed to force these shots out from the wreckage, which the bands liked. Dave picked up the torch though and ‘had words’ with Plug and got them to sort the lighting rig for the next Wanton though!
Wanton 05/05/17: Abominable Soul, Steve and the Sea, Unicorn Hunters, MTNBYWHD
JP, who has put on many of the events I’ve photographed at over the last few years asked me to take some portrait photos for him to use on his new CD Release cover: “Paul Venkman, Under Control”. The brief was to get a portrait photo of him which would then be manipulated by a digital artist (Scott D’Arcy) for the cover. He wanted to have a bit of a down, soulful look for it.
I’ve never done any proper portrait photography before, so I just had to make it up! We used some lighting rigging he had to hang a sheet (which I ironed to get the wrinkles out) and then used his LED lights, directed at the corners of the kitchen to try and soften the reflections a bit. It wasn’t great for a neutral background, but it was enough for me to get something which Scott could use. We tried a whole range of expressions, directions and teeshirts to try and get a feel. It was quite entertaining, but in the end I think we were both happy with what we got.
So, here is what I captured:
Here is the final result after Scott had worked on it:
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