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
Finally! An update. Life has been very hectic recently and I pretty much put the camera down for about 6 months. Oh and Lightroom too, meaning that this set of photos was taken just over 12 months ago… Oh dear!
It’s a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. Felt like I was struggling both to take then and to process them. The Stop Drop Robot shots were especially difficult because they were wearing white which made the LED lights either blow the shots out completely or be in almost darkness. Still, let me know if you like them.
Stop Drop Robot
My first attempt to photograph a festival was a very different kettle of fish to just turning up at a gig with my camera. No, instead it was turning up at 10 different gigs with my camera! I spent the whole evening rotating around the Tramlines fringe, which was about 10 different venues, sticking my head in and taking pictures. I ended up with about 490 photos, from which I’ve managed to tidy up and select a rather scary 90+! I’m not sure if the forced time with each band meant my shooting was more selective, or because I’ve less photos to choose from for each band I’m being less picky. Well, let me know 😉
Line up, in picture order
Glass – Could be Glass Caves
La Bete Blooms
Kiziah & The Kings
The Death Rays of Ardilla
Back To Verona
Far From Home
Day Old Hate
The Ruby Jacks
(random crazy guys in a transit with a PA and a kit!)
Arrows of Love
(random smiley guy)
Be Like Pablo