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…
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!
Somehow I managed to chew through over 500 shots for just these 2 bands, none of which came out particularly good. Poor focus, confusing lighting…. but.. ZOMBIES! Still, I suspect part of my unhappiness with this set was having to wade through all the shots to find ones I liked. Perhaps I should limit myself more when at the gigs! (Although, I’ve been taking significantly less than this recently!)
Anyway, great band! You should check them out, but remember to wear old clothes….