Some photos from Whelan's tonight. Brooklyn based San Fermin packed the place out with what Wikipedia tells me is "baroque pop". I have no idea what that means, but it sounded fantastic!
News to me, but the process of producing silk involves boiling silkworms alive while in their cocoon in order to stop them ruining the silk strand while hatching. I learnt this fact while taking photos recently for The Ethical Silk Company, an Irish company who distribute material and products manafactured using silk which is produced without harming the worms. An unusual gig for me as I very rarely venture into the world of product photography, but the owners of the company are good friends and there were some serious sandwiches going! Now with first hand experience of an ethically sourced silk pillowcase, I recommend you check out http://www.theethicalsilkco.com/
A quick hop into Whelan's earlier to catch the start of Kurt Vile's second night. Support from Pall Jenkins of Black Heart Procession. The room was stuff, the stage was sparse and the lights were low. Is it okay not to get it?
Today, I got on my bike, grabbed a coffee in The Fumbally and rambled about the city with my camera. Here's how it went down...
I ordered a Lovinbox *and* got a tweet favourite! Success.
Lunch from Staple Foods in Temple Bar.
I may drink too much coffee.
Some shots from God is an Astronaut in Whelan's last weekend. Apologies to the guy who muttered 'fucking photographers...' as I was squeezing up to the front. It's a total nightmare getting a good vantage point in Whelan's when the room is full. I usually sneak in the side door to minimise the amount of elbowing I have to do, but I still have to be at least a bit obnoxious. I also try to get out of the way as soon as I can (two songs usually). There was also a completely crazy amount of amateurs up front at this particular show, so I can understand the frustration. One lad was standing front and centre with a fully loaded camera bag on his back... oh dear.
I think one of the greatest challenges with live music photography is dealing with low light. Even with the best wide aperture lenses and best high iso performance cameras going, it's still such a disappointment to arrive at a gig and the lights are basically off. This happened last night, upstairs in Whelans, at the Sails concert. The room wasn't too full though, so it gave me an oppurtunity to move around a bit and get creative with angles and try to compensate for the lack of light.
I got a mail on facebook last night asking me about how I process my photos too. I don't want to give away too much, but seeing as I leaned on the edit so much for these shots I thought I'd give a peek into my lightroom workflow.
Every couple of weeks something special happens in Dublin city centre. A clash of cultures in the loft of a well known north quays bar, where Forró Dublin hold their dancing events. Forró is fast paced Brazillian dancing and is as enjoyable to watch as it is to partake. To the rhythm's of the finest latin bands, these guys and girls really know how to throw a party. Tonight was my second Forró event. It's a serious challenge catching the action and energy on display into static images, so this is my best attempt.
The only way to celebrate Paddy's Day this year was with Spring Break in The Button Factory. Jan Van Couver, Kendrick Berrera, Jim Break, Hilton Burbank and Teri Campari took to the stage with their usual knockout 80s set. I learnt that taking photos while wearing raybans is quite difficult, so I've compensated by trying out some new editing processes.
The Electric Picnic line-up for 2014 was announced today and I'm already excited to get there! Chic, St. Vincent, Beck, Foals and Outkast being particular stand outs for me! I've photographed in some form at the last 7 picnics while acting as official photographer for at least a few of those, so, hopefully I'll be invited down again this year. To celebrate, I've put together a collaborative playlist on spotify featuring all of the acts announced so far. Happy listening...
Last week I shot the above cover image for Ham Sandwich's soon to be released single 'Illuminate'. There was no real brief to the shoot but a few ideas had been thrown around about having singer Niamh's face fairly prominent on the cover and also to potentially work with slow exposure and light trails. I dug out my Christmas decorations box and headed to the shoot. We started proceedings by shooting some press shots with the entire band before focusing on the cover artwork. We were in the very familiar parlour bar in Whelan's, which has hosted promo shoots for so many Irish bands, so we tried to find an original angle.
After this, we cracked out the Christmas lights and started taking trail shots. Such a hit-and-miss way of taking photos, but some interesting results.
Finally, I got Niamh to stand on a little table to position her against some of the funky wallpaper. Took a whole series of photos with different lighting setups, two of which will ultimately feature on the cover artwork of the single.
In part of the post processing and design, there were a few concepts thrown around. This was an early one, which showed promise but ultimately didn't end up getting used. I liked it though, so here it is.
And here's a little behind the scenes shot from my assistant for the day Emma Synnott.