Category Archives: Festivals and Music

Holi at Hampi

To day is hoi. So I guess that makes it holi-day. I wasn’t there to celebrate Holi. I was there to photography other people celebrating Hoil. Trying to avoid being sprayed with permanent carcinogenic dye and powered paint would have been futile.
Some people seamed to end up with perfectly symmetrical complimentary colours making them wonderful photographic subjects. The locals however decided that dark green was my colour so I very soon began to look like the incredible hulk. Very fetching.
It seamed obvious that the best shots were to be obtained from in front of the crowed, from within the crowd or above the crowd. I however found myself behind the crowd.
I faced an interesting dilemma. I had decided to use a 50mm lens for its flexibility, but if I was going to get good shots I was going to have to get ‘stuck in’. Getting stuck in would have risked the camera getting wet.
The majority of other photographers had been sensible and were shooting from withing side plastic bags. I however was not. Instead I relied on my cat like reactions.
If powder came my way I pointed the lens down and cupped the lens with my palm. If water came my way I span around using my back as a shield and stooped bringing my arms in to afford as much protection as possible.
Having to be careful, meant that the amount of high energy action shots I could take was fairly limited, but I have yet to see the results of my efforts. Ideally i would have liked the 70-200 f2.8 and an ultra wide.
After 3 hrs I became weary and decided that I wished to return to the guest house to shower. However the crowd was blocking the road and I couldn’t get the scooter through so I was stuck.
Eventually after waiting for what seamed like an eternity I decided to run the gauntlet. The locals took great pleasure I showering the scooter with permanent dark blue and purple dye, which I have just discovered has bonded with the white paintwork and cannot be removed. I have yet to find out whether the scooter owner will try and fine me. I’m not sure how I can be held accountable to other people vandalizing the scooter with permanent dye, but I’m sure I’ll find out.

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Evil Scarecrow and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

The manager of Evil Scarecrow put me on the guest list and gave me a photo pass. I thought I’d go along, listen to some good music and see what shots I could get

These are my favorites from the shoot.

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The full set can be seen on flickr

Soma Sonic 2016

Ryan asked me to pop over to Liverpool to do event photography for their ‘Celebrating 10 year event’
These are my favorites from the Night

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The full shoot can be seen on flickr

Gaz and Kirsts wedding

Well I don’t do weddings becase I’m not a wedding photographer. Nevertheless I broke my rule.

Here are some of my favorites.

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Vikefest 2016

I popped down to Godmanchester near Cambridge to capture some viking action.

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Steampunk at Papplewick

I offered my services for Papplewick pumping stations steam punk event.

Here are a few from the event

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Resistanz 2016

Leighton from Resistanz asked me to photograph the festival in return for free entry and access to the pit.
Ideally I like to actually to get paid for festivals these days and if not that at least have my expenses covered.
However, free access to an uncluttered pit and chance to practice my gig photography was just to good to pass up.
The conditions were extremely challenging. Most of the bands played in pretty poor light with a good dose of smoke.
My auto focus was hunting all over the place and i just couldn’t see clearly enough to manually focus. However, I kept at it as I’m a bit of a determined little bugger when it comes to my photography.

The best thing about shooting at Resistanz was that most of the time I was the only one in the pit, so I could run backwards and forwards and clamber up and down stuff doing my usual unstable balancing routine without being challenged by any overzealous security.

Petrol Bastard and the Gothsicles were the easiest to shoot due to their dynamic energy and stage presence.

The hardest were iVardensphere due to the shear number of people on stage and Seraphim system and Randolph & Mortimer due to the truly awful lighting and smoke.

On Friday night I worked from 15:30 until 02:00 had a dance for half an hour then went back to the camper-van and stayed up until 05:00 processing my images.

I got up on Saturday and was able to upload to Facebook thanks to James allowing me to tether to his 4G phone.
On Saturday I worked from 14:00 to 23:15 then stayed up until 01:00 to get my processing done, then had a relatively early night.
By Sunday I was fresh and all recovered. I didn’t fancy processing at the end of the day so this time I actually went back to the van and did the processing after each band. By 01:00 I was done, and actually allowed my self to get drunk and dance for 2 hrs before going to bed.
I actually processed the Gothsicles on Monday morning before I drove home, so that I wouldn’t have any processing to do when I got back.

These were the artist that I shot:

Petrol Bastard, Isoloscope, Neuroticfish, Organ Donors, Neonsol, Randolph & Mortimer, Cyferdyner, Grendel, iVardensphere, Godflesh, Massiv In Mensch, Seraphim system, Alice In Videoland, Lab 4, Youth Code, Kutski , The Gothsicles.

These are my favorites from the event.

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The full shoot can be seen on flickr.

Noetic Flux

So quite a while ago Oni Freeman from Noetic flux asked me to photograph their Psytrance event.

To be honest I normally have to approach nights and offer my services, so its wonderfully nice to be approached and actually asked.

The tunes in the main room were provided by K.I.M, ANTISPIN, GOA JONAS, MULTISEED and AMETHYST.

Playing in the second room were BAD TANGO, MAGIC LANTERN, EXTRA SPECTRUM and MILTOID

This is my selection from the event

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The full shoot can be seen on Flickr

Alchemy Festival 2015

Well I’ve just got back from working as event photographer for Alchemy festival 2015 and what a festival it was.

Each year I wait for Alchemy to come round like other people wait for Christmas. This difference being that Alchemy is never a disappointment.

I spent my mornings RAW processing, the afternoon, evening and night shooting and the early hours socializing. I even managed 4hrs of sleep per night to recharge my batteries.

I looked for bands, Dj’s, Performers, groups, couples, babies, dogs, and general moments of emotion and energy.

Alchemy never disappoints, It’s a festival of friends and families, of positive energy, happiness and connection.

The music varies from crusty punk and ska, Folk and Reggae, and Dub, Psytrance and many other genres.

Thanks to the fantastic friendly people at Alchemy fest for helping me have such a great time and capture some memorable moments.

Here are my favorite shots from the event

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The full  Alchemyfest 2015 shoot can be found on Flickr

Rumah Api

The night before we flew back to Thailand we decided to go to Rumah Api a Malaysian Punk music venue in the Ampang District. Our Guest house was at Imbi which was about 5-10 mins walk from Pudu station. It took about 20 or so minutes to get from Pudu to Ampang and then only about 3 mins further walk to the venue.

When we arrived we were confronted by a sight which surprised me, a large gathering of black skinheads. I have always thought of skin heads as Nazis or fascists, so to see Malaysian Skinheads was a bit of a surprise. I have since been informed that the skinhead movement was never originally racist at is core and at some point was hijacked by the far right.

The bands playing on the night were:”The Bois, The Pub, homerun, Street Rebels, W.A.R, Milittan, Berantakan, class war, revolter, and on liberty”

I really enjoyed the gig. The venue was extremely hot, but the atmosphere and the energy was fantastic. It was lovely to so many joyful people obviously loving their music and throwing themselves around like maniacs.

I always feel threatened when attending similar gigs in The UK, but that probably has more to do with me, than the gigs.
I think the low amount of alcohol present probably added to the more chilled atmosphere.

I found the photography extremely challenging due to the low light and fast moving subjects, but I think I got some interesting shots.

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The images can also be seen on flickr.