End of year review
What a great year 2014 has been. This is a review of some of my highlights.
Carfest North as I didn't have a photo pass so I found a space at the front and chatted to security. The two acts that I photographed were Simple Minds and Sea Sick Steve. I felt sorry for the accredited photographers as they got a really short time to get their shots as I had the full set. I'm not sure if Jim Kerr realised that I was the only photographer or he is just really professional as I felt he stared straight down the lens.
I shot the making of the video for the Marivaux single and now have even more respect for videographers. As a stills photographer I never have to worry about continuity and still couldn't believe the work that went into the video.
I received a Cd from the band Knighthood who have used some of my shots on the inlay of their latest CD. I was thrilled to see more of my shots in print.
The falling also used a shot of mine on the front of their latest CD and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product.
I travelled up to bootleggers bar at 23:00 and stayed until 03:00 for two nights to offer my support and to take shots of John Powney as he completed a 48 hour charity drumming marathon.
Swingaroo organise vintage dance nights in Preston and I was asked to cover a night as their resident photographer was unavailable. I thought guitarists could move fast but these dancers really go for it. What a great night and I would recommend it.
4 venues in 1 night as part of the Salford music festival. It was a very busy night running between the bars but the great acts made up for it. On the second night I was lucky enough to be shooting JB Barrington and the fall.
7 acts in 1 night at Night and Day. Ugly Man Recording had a wild Christmas party with 7 acts taking to the stage. The night was greeting sorting out and editing the shots was horrible.
Bouncing floor at The Deaf Institute added to the challenge of shooting a great night arranged by Mr Peeps. As the crowd danced the floor moved so much it affected the shooting but this didn't detract from the night.
The best part of the year has been meeting some really great people and far to many to thank them all. They range from very talented and hard working musicians to the people that read and comment on my blog or photos.
At the gigs I have shared the pit or front of the stage with some inspirational photographers. The quality of their work is amazing and even more impressive is their attitude and willingness to share advice and offer encouragement.
The only negative of the year are bands that copy my photos and use without permission or even a credit and those who fail to keep to their side of a deal. It is fortunate that they are very much in the minority.
I hope to shoot more bands at more venues. I would really like to shoot a festival and also more photographs taken in daylight!
To all who have been nice to me Thank You and I hope that you have a great 2015.
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