Download Festival 2015 – Saturday

Download Festival 2015 – Saturday

I was still buzzing from DAY ONE of Download, so even though Saturday was a right downpour and I bloody hate the rain, I was having such an awesome time I couldn’t grumble. I loved every soggy, noisy, crazy minute of it! Wellies on, ear plugs in and hood up all day long. I even had to break out mini rain jackets for my cameras! I shot Ace Frehley, Testament (YEAH!), Motionless In White, Dub War (keeping it Newport!), Black Star Riders, Marilyn Manson & Muse. Testament were totally the highlight for me today. I also had a lovely baked potato!

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Download Festival 2015 – Friday

Download Festival 2015 – Friday

Download Festival is my photo happy place and I miss it terribly! I love the wall of noise, the constant busyness running for the backstage bus between shows, the heart bouncing rumble of the bass in the photo pit, the atmosphere (metal crowds are always the friendliest), the buzz of activity in the press room and of course, the privilege of catching at least three songs up close from some truly awesome bands. As someone who could almost never see the stage at concerts, photography was the perfect career choice! Once again I was shooting for a guitar magazine (Guitar & Bass) so the emphasis was very much on the guitarists but even if you’re not gear obsessed, I hope you enjoy my highlights from Friday’s bands. I shot Blues Pills, The Cadillac Three, Thunder, Judas Priest, Black Stone Cherry and Slipknot. More photos coming tomorrow!

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California & Arizona – Winter Road Trip

California & Arizona – Winter Road Trip

Back at the start of the year, Chris was working away in Los Angeles and I decided to fly out and join him for a mini winter road trip. Luckily I managed to snag a bargain flight price on Air New Zealand (seriously – I haven’t seen a better rate for a West Coast flight since 2008!) so one bleak late January morning I set off on my adventure. Many hours later Chris met me at the hotel in Anaheim with a vegan pizza (from Vegan Pizza – get the Hawaiian – yum!) and a cup of tea. Perfect! I was up at silly o’clock the following day and as Chris still had a few more hours of work to do I made my way to DISNEYLAND (of course!) for eleven fantastic hours… I am very committed to the magic! As it’s been a while I’m going to try not to ramble on too much and simply share a few of our highlights and hiccups. Admittedly it wasn’t our most successful trip – it rained so much! But we definitely made the most of things and discovered a few gems along the way. I must confess that although I was…

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California Breed at Birmingham LG Arena

California Breed at Birmingham LG Arena

A couple of months ago I was up in Birmingham photographing California Breed as they supported Slash with Myles Kennedy at the LG Arena. Here are a few of my favourite shots of Glenn Hughes making a whole lot of noise back on black country home soil!

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Mexico, Belize & Guatemala – Part Two

Mexico, Belize & Guatemala – Part Two

Check out Part One for the start of our adventure exploring ancient Mayan cities, swimming (ish!) in the cenotes and encountering crocodiles and various other beasties in the jungle ruins along the Usumacinta river. Day Eight: Tikal & Flores And I thought Chichen Itza was big! Tikal is a vast national park with an awesome main plaza (the main reason I was on the trip) but otherwise it is almost entirely swallowed up by the jungle and its wild inhabitants. Before we’d event reached the temples we spotted a woodpecker, wild turkeys, a tiny frog the size of a penny and some spider monkeys trying to corral their mischievous baby. We only truly got a sense of scale when we climbed through the hot thick air to the top of Temple VI for a view right across the rainforest. Just outside of the park I took a canopy tour and zipline through the jungle. This is definitely the most terrifying zip line experience I’ve ever had as it seemed to be missing a safety line and there was no real breaking system other than a ratty old glove. But once you’re up, you’re up, so you may as well go…

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