Yet another photo-spam to bring things up to speed. Been putting work into my brand spankin’ new blog/portfolio/gallery website, so this poor old blog has been getting a little neglected. Will be posting here once the site eventually goes live but won’t be for a little while yet.
Saturday the 17th was a pretty busy night. First port of call was the Hyde Park Hotel for the RTRFM 30th Anniversary gig, featuring some of Perth’s best ‘old-school’ bands. The Hydey is infamous for it’s revolting lighting, but I managed to get away with a f2.8, though I usually can’t cope without using my f1.8. I was a bit young to know most of the bands on the lineup, but had no intention of missing Autopilot, the very first local band I ever saw, when I was 17. Lots of singing and reminiscing.
Then it was a mad dash up the road to shoot Sons of Rico, the band I did the promo shoot for in the last post. They’d organised their own guy to take care of the lights, so it was practically heaven compared to the Hydey. Really energetic show, and I got lots of stuff I was really happy with.
Friday the 23rd was the launch of the ‘Hole in the Heart’ EP for Next Big Thing winners Harlequin League at Amplifier. This was one I’d been really looking forward to, and had to lobby my case a little to be able to cover it for Drum. These guys are very very slick and very very catchy. I’d shot them through all the heats, semis, and eventually the final of NBT, but it wasn’t until this night that I managed to get photos I was happy with. Fourth time lucky? A few more can be seen at my Flickr. The lights were pretty even, Amplifier often tends to err on the side of flashing, constantly changing lights. I seemed to be in a bit of an ‘underexpose’ kind of mood this particular night, I do often tend to overexpose everything and blow the hell out of the highlights usually (call me crazy, I kinda like it). Meant I had to do a little Photoshop work, but also meant I COULD do a little Photoshop work. I might like to overexpose a bit, but I also know it’s a very fine line between ‘overexposing’ and ‘fucking the whole photo up’ and once it’s gone, it’s gone. And no, I don’t shoot RAW. Shush. In the end, the reviewer was sick and didn’t go to the show, so they couldn’t run my photos. Such is life.
Thursday the 29th was funtimes a-plenty. The very first FasterLouder Live Perth gig rolled into town, featuring some of our finest indie acts: Sugar Army, Streetlight, Institut Polaire, and the Silents. The lineup was decided on the morning of the gig with a music quiz held live on RTRFM. Streetlight just got pipped at the headlining post, though Pat from Sugar Army must really be applauded for his use of ‘Skyhooks’ to get himself out of a tricky spot. To be quite frank, 80% of the night is a blur, and I only actually watched one band, but I’m pretty sure it was fantastic. Streetlight were on fire, as per usual. I took photos for about half the set, was relatively amused the next morning to find out that the quality of the photos after a few too many pints was pretty similar to my sober work. Bit worrying. The lights were nice and bright, so I took the opportunity to use my Holga camera for the very first time. I’d had some trouble getting the film to stay in the cartridge thingy when I loaded it, so I used a little bit of sticky tape to keep it in there. I’m not sure if the guy at the lab will get cranky when he develops it. Eep. Oh well. I only took about half a roll, so once I get them developed, I’ll put some up. I’m very keen to see how the double exposures worked out.
Local band Calerway won the competition that The Veronicas were running on their Myspace to find a support band for each of their shows. I’ve been shooting these guys practically since I started shooting bands (ie. a while), and I’d considered seeing if they could source a pass for me, but then I didn’t end up bothering. Fast forward to a couple of hours before they’re due to go onstage on Saturday night, I get an email asking if I can come down and take some photos. Course I can. Bit of a rush, but I get greeted with a beer backstage, so really, it’s ok in the end. Not only was it my first time shooting at Burswood Theatre, it was definitely my first time shooting from backstage at a show like this. I was given the option of shooting from the front if I wanted, but it was too much of a novelty to pass up. It was a definite struggle. Stage was big, zoom didn’t have quite enough reach, band were moving around a lot, lights were red and dull for most of the set. Oh, and the set was only four songs long. But I made do, was a good experience if nothing else.
After Calerway it was then off to the Rosemount for the weekend’s proper assignment, Faker. I’d say it was another tough shoot, but two ‘tough shoots’ in the space of a few hours probably means it’s actually ME, right? All red lights, one incredibly bright white static spotlight, and a singer who barely stood still for two seconds. Was a matter of waiting for him to pass through the spotlight, taking a few rapid-fire shots, hoping to hell I nailed some sort of decent pose, and repeating the process for three songs. Add to that the fact he SEEMED to be actively turning his back on the three photographers on my side. I was more than likely just imagining things and being paranoid, but that’s definitely how it seemed on the night. Photographers are your friend, Nathan. Really we are. The photo on the left is probably my favourite, though it really doesn’t represent the Faker vibe. It’s a very ‘me’ photo, but not a very ‘them’ photo. But action shots were nearly impossible. Luck was just not on my side on Saturday.
I do apologise in advance if there’s not another post for a few weeks. Once the new site goes live, this blog will be essentially dead, so I’m not overly keen on putting heaps of posts and photos up that are pretty much going to be lost to the interweb.